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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.

Season’s Greetings from the NOC

Predicting Ocean Change

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is a world-leader in numerical modelling of the global oceans and shelf seas. This includes modelling the ocean circulation and heat transport, marine ecosystems, sea-ice, turbulence, surface waves, sediment transport, tides and storm surges.

Royal Navy supports successful trials of new underwater micro-robots

A submarine glider ready for deployment (front right) with HMS Enterprise in the background (Photo: NOC)

An innovative marine robot, called ecoSUB, has been successfully trialled off the Orkney Isles in northern Scotland during a marine robot demonstrator mission co-ordinated by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC).

WireWall project wins international recognition

The WireWall project team were in Amsterdam in their posh frocks and dickie bows last week for the Dredging and Port Construction Awards 2018, where they were shortlisted for ‘Research Project / Team of the Year’ and ‘Environmental Port Project of the Year’ for the wave overtopping and coastal

NOC host international workshop on detection and on-site inspection of marine nuclear tests

Image from @ctbto_alerts on Twitter

From 12–16 Nov 2018, the National Oceanography Centre hosted the 24th On-Site Inspection (OSI) workshop of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO).