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Posted: 18 June 2019
ALR being recovered in the South Atlantic The first mission involving the NOC-developed autonomous submarine vehicle Autosub Long Range (ALR, known around the world as Boaty McBoatface) has for the first time shed light on a key process linking increasing Antarctic winds to rising sea temperatures. Data collected during the April 2017... Read more
Posted: 11 June 2019
Navigating The Future V Leading ocean experts, including from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), have launched a new publication, titled Navigating the Future V (NFV), which will provide European governments with robust, independent scientific advice and expert opinion on future seas and ocean research to 2030 and... Read more
Posted: 6 June 2019
Allied troops landing on the beaches Prior to the landings on 6 June 1944 on the Normandy beaches, a small research group was formed in the Admiralty Research Laboratory at Teddington in Middlesex. Weather and wave prediction had been central to the decision made by Eisenhower about the timing of the Normandy landings. The new... Read more
Posted: 6 June 2019
The NOC has received a Microsoft AI for Earth grant to predict wave sea states in the North Atlantic by using deep learning. AI for Earth is a Microsoft programme offering cloud and AI computing resources, training and grants to researchers across the world, who are trying to create a more... Read more
Posted: 4 June 2019
UB’s President Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat and the NOC's Stacey Felgate at the signing The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and University of Belize (UB) formalised their relationship by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 30 May 2019. This partnership will see the two institutions develop joint training, research projects and technical programmes to enable knowledge... Read more
Posted: 31 May 2019
Deep-Sea Taxonomy progresses under pressure This week NOC Taxonomist Dr Tammy Horton joined twenty-six other deep-sea scientists from twelve countries for an international meeting in Frankfurt. The objective was to find a means of accelerating and sustaining the taxonomy that is fundamental for... Read more
Posted: 31 May 2019
Earlier in the week NOC scientist, Dr Amani Becker, presented on ‘Application of Satellite Altimetry as a Tool for Coastal Risk Management in the South West Indian Ocean’ at the Crescendo Azul conference in Maputo, Mozambique. There were also several presentations and posters showing results... Read more
Posted: 30 May 2019
Evidence of the seafloor disturbance caused by previous simulated mining activity A new study shows that the impacts of seabed mining on deep-sea ecosystems can persist for decades. Scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) revisited a site exposed to simulated deep-sea mining activity nearly 30 years previously to assess seabed and ecosystem recovery. They used a... Read more
Posted: 22 May 2019
Dr Christine Gommenginger delivers keynote address National Oceanography Centre Satellite Oceanography was out in force last week at the European Space Agency’s Living Planet Symposium in Milan, Italy. The symposium, which takes place every three years, gathered over 4000 participants from across the world and represents the largest... Read more
Posted: 13 May 2019
Photographic survey by autonomous underwater vehicle In an article published recently in Conservation Biology, National Oceanography Centre (NOC) scientists demonstrate that seafloor photographic surveys by robot-subs can offer a practical solution to the growing need to monitor biodiversity over a range of habitats within marine protected... Read more