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Campaign to characterise the environmental sensitivity of Belizean coastal waters

Coral Reef Belize

Scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have begun a fieldwork campaign in Belizean coastal waters that will enhance understanding of the sensitivities of these fragile environments to the impacts of both human activities and climate change.

Registration opens for the 2019 UK Glider Community Workshop

Registration is now open for the 2019 UK Glider Community Workshop, hosted at the NOC in Southampton on 14–15 November.

Antarctic sea ice controls ocean carbon storage during glacial periods

Research expedition will study carbon in Atlantic Ocean ‘deserts’

On Sunday 13 October the RRS Discovery sailed from Southampton to Punta Arenas, in Chile, as part of the annual Atlantic Meridional Transect (AMT) research expedition.

Research expedition maps Scottish sea bed to study recovery of coral reef

Newly developed 3D imaging technology has allowed scientists to map an area of cold-water coral reefs off the coast of Scotland to see whether it has recovered since being declared a Marine Protected Area 16 years ago.

Sir Anthony Laughton FRS (1927–2019)

It is with sadness that the National Oceanography Centre has learned that Sir Anthony Laughton FRS died peacefully at home on 27 September 2019 after a short illness; he was 92. Sir Anthony was Director of the UK’s Institute of Oceanographic Sciences (a predecessor to the NOC) based at Wormley from 1978 to 1988.

Programme announced for the NOC Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase 2019

The full programme has been announced for the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase (MATS) 2019, taking place from 12–14 November at the

High biodiversity discovered in abyssal areas of Kiribati

A study led by National Oceanography Centre (NOC) scientists, recently published in Frontiers in Marine Science, presents the first ever images of animals living below 4000 metres within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Republic of Kiribati, a remote island group in the Pacific.

Independent Status for the National Oceanography Centre Approved

Following a joint meeting between the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Government representatives on 17 September 2019, it was confirmed that the NOC will become a legally independent self-governing organisation from 1 November 2019 – a charitable Company Limited by Guarantee with a trading subsidiary for undertaking work of a

NOC scientists support global initiative for developing ocean greenhouse gas measurements

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the University of Exeter have become UK co-hosts for the Ocean Thematic Centre within the Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS), a European research infrastructure for measuring greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, land and oceans.