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WireWall and anyTide nominated for Mersey Maritime industry awards

Two projects being led by the NOC have been shortlisted for the fifth annual Mersey Maritime Industry Awards. The winners will be decided by a judging panel and a public vote which closes at midnight on Friday 15 February.

Ocean Business 2019 is coming to the NOC in Southampton

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) will host Ocean Business 2019 at the Southampton waterside site from 9–11 April.

Breakthrough in identifying what drives ocean overturning

In a departure from the prevailing scientific view, a new international study has revealed that a deep-ocean process playing a key role in regulating Earth’s climate is primarily driven by cooling waters west of Europe.

Marlan’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the NOC achieves ‘Outstanding’ grade

L-R: Marlan’s Managing Director Alex Sinclair, the NOC’s Head of Ocean Technology & Engineering Dr Paul Bell, Marlan’s KTP Associate (now Director of Research) Dr Cai Bird and the University of Liverpool’s Head of Geography and Planning Professor Andrew Plater

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between Marlan Maritime Technologies Ltd, the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the University of Liverpool has achieved an ‘Outstanding’ grade by funding body Innovate UK.

You are what you eat – even in the deep sea

 A large sea cucumber feeding as it walks across the deep seafloor at the Porcupine Abyssal Plain Sustained Observatory site (northeast Atlantic, 4850 m water depth).

An important theory of biological processes in all animals (like feeding and breathing rates), has been found to hold for deep-sea animals, in a unique study based on long-term observations of the deep-ocean floor.

NOC scientist receives prestigious award

Emeritus Fellow of the NOC, and sea-level scientist, Professor Phil Woodworth, has been elected as a fellow of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), in recognition of his achievements in the field of sea-level science.

NOC scientists to develop ‘early warning’ system for detecting harmful algal blooms

Sea surface where algal blooms can form

Scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) are developing an innovative new sensor and associated analytical techniques for monitoring and classifying phytoplankton that can cause harmful algal blooms (HABs). The two-year project is one of 12 to receive a total of £5.1 million of UKRI funding, focusing on UK aquaculture research.

NOC sensors reveal that melting ice sheets release tons of methane into the atmosphere


Results of a recent paper published in Nature reveal that ice sheets overlying extensive wetlands can release tons of methane to the atmosphere through subglacial rivers.

New project to explore deep-seafloor mineral deposits

Hydrothermally extinct seafloor massive sulphides

A new project has been announced to reduce the potential environmental impact of future mining by making exploration for deep-seafloor mineral deposits much more effective. ‘Project ULTRA’ has been funded by the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC), and will be led by Professor Bramley Murton at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC).

Missing ocean monitoring instrument found after five years at sea

After going missing on Christmas Day five years ago, deep ocean measuring equipment belonging to the UK’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has just been found on a beach in Tasmania by a local resident after making an incredible 14,000 km journey across the ocean.