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Posted: 19 February 2020
New research, published in Science, shows sinking organic particles known as “marine snow” are breaking apart at high rates in the ocean. While the cause of this breakage is still unknown, it appears to have an important effect on the carbon dioxide in our atmosphere and our oceans, which... Read more
Posted: 13 February 2020
Fast moving storms can cause catastrophic coastal flood hazards on the UK’s east coast. Fast moving storms can cause catastrophic coastal flood hazards on the UK’s east coast, according to new research by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC). Published in the journal Ocean Modelling, this research used computer programs to analyse the travelling speed of storm... Read more
Posted: 3 February 2020
Working with Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL), the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have released new datasets that demonstrate how reflections of satellite navigation signals collected in space can be used to accurately map the extent of the sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctic.... Read more
Posted: 31 January 2020
Recently published research led by the NOC is helping to inform sustainable fishing plans for the North Kenya Banks, which is viewed by the Kenyan government as the next frontier for food security of the coastal population. This research shows a relationship between the positioning of a... Read more
Posted: 29 January 2020
A change in the routing of fresh water coming from the Arctic has led to a remarkable reduction in salinity in the North Atlantic Ocean west of the UK, according to research published this week in Nature Communications. An enormous area between UK and Iceland had record-breaking low... Read more
Posted: 24 January 2020
The Marine Environmental Data and Information Network (MEDIN) has published a new business plan for 2019–2024. MEDIN’s vision is that all UK marine data is findable, accessible, interoperable and re-usable (FAIR), to increase the understanding of our marine environment and support the... Read more
Posted: 17 January 2020
On 19 January an international research expedition led by scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) will be sailing from Fort Lauderdale in the USA to conduct a high precision scientific survey along 24.5°N of the North Atlantic. The expedition team on board the NOC’s RRS... Read more
Posted: 15 January 2020
MCCIP Report Card 2020 NOC research forms part of a report on marine climate change impacts released today. This report summarises the latest evidence from 26 topics regarding the physical, ecological, and social and economic impacts of climate change on UK coasts and seas. The key findings There is... Read more
Posted: 2 January 2020
A spectacular new species of Antarctic deep-sea crustacean armed with spines, large claws and the raptorial mouthparts of a predator, has been described by National Oceanography Centre (NOC) taxonomists. The description of the species has been published in the Zoological Journal of the... Read more
Posted: 17 December 2019
Penny Holliday (left) presented SUT Oceanography Award, photo from Society for Underwater Technology The NOC’s Professor Penny Holliday, Associate Head of Marine Physics and Ocean Climate, was honoured at last night’s Society for Underwater Technology AGM receiving the SUT Oceanography Award. The SUT is an international marine science and technology Learned Society, established in 1966,... Read more