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Posted: 26 March 2021
RRS Discovery leaving Southampton

The National Oceanography Centre’s (NOC) Royal Research Ship Discovery left Southampton, on 25 March 2021, for an expedition to the Porcupine Abyssal Plain Sustained Observatory (PAP-SO). Led by Dr Sue Hartman, the expedition will extend a 36-year...

Posted: 23 March 2021
Infographic showing there were 2200+ learners, 1200+ participants, 390+ fully complete during the first MOOC course

Registration for the free online course ‘Ocean Science in Action: Addressing Marine Ecosystems and Food Security in the Western Indian Ocean’ is open now via Future Learn. This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the National Oceanography Centre will start again on the 29 March. 


Posted: 23 March 2021
A dark ocean surface littered with ice, an inhospitable and remote location

The ocean plays a vital role in sustaining life on Earth, regulating our climate and providing us with living resources, such as food. A new fleet of advanced robotic floats will provide data to understand the status of the ocean environment and its resources today, and for years to come....

Posted: 19 March 2021
Aerial view of the NOC, Southampton

An ambitious new project being led by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) to improve the autonomy and perception of robotic underwater vehicles in challenging coastal environments has been has been awarded funding from the UK’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA). The project will be...

Posted: 16 March 2021
2 meter catamaran on the sea

The Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) announced this week the launch of their inaugural Marine Autonomy Challenge which aims to encourage young technologists and develop careers that will contribute to the future of the UK’s MAS industry. The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is proud to...

Posted: 16 March 2021
Ocean robot ALR1500 being raised from Loch Ness after a commissioning trial

Next-generation maritime training expert SeaBot XR is teaming up with the UK’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Royal Navy, and other stakeholders, to identify the necessary skills and competencies for the emerging Maritime Autonomous Surface Ship (MASS) sector. 

The Apprenticeship...

Posted: 1 March 2021
A ‘big red prawn’ formally known as Cerataspis monstrosus – but can you be sure just from a photograph?

Scientists have created a set of unique guidelines for image-based species identification to improve biodiversity data collection. Led by Dr Tammy Horton at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), the new guide provides rules for the use of open nomenclature signs in image-based...

Posted: 18 February 2021
Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase promotional image

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is calling for abstract submissions for this year’s Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase (MATS 2021) which is scheduled to take place from 9–11 November.

Last year’s event was the first to be held completely online as a result of the ongoing...

Posted: 17 February 2021
Glider deployed from the RRS James Cook

New images released today show the UK’s National Oceanography Centre launching a robotic underwater glider from the RRS James Cook. The first images released of the glider launch mark the start of a four-month mission to investigate the massive A68a iceberg in the South Atlantic,...

Posted: 12 February 2021
A satellite image of Hurricane Humberto, west of Bermuda, U.S., September 17, 2019. Photo courtesy: NOAA/Handout via Reuters

New research shows that hurricane intensity in the subtropical Atlantic around Bermuda has more than doubled over the last 60 years due to rising ocean temperatures in the region.

Hurricanes intensify by extracting energy from the warm ocean surface via air-sea heat fluxes, so a warmer...