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Posted: 27 April 2021
A map of the world which shows the tracks of HMS Challenger (black) and SMS Gazelle (yellow) with the global salinity pattern

For the first time, scientists have used ocean measurements taken on research voyages almost 150 years ago to learn more about how human activity has impacted climate change.

Scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the Scottish Association for Marine...

Posted: 22 April 2021
Award winners Richard Lampitt and Marilena Oltmanns pictured working at sea

Over 40 representatives from the UK’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC) will discuss key ocean issues at Europe’s largest and most prominent geoscience event, the EGU Assembly 2021 (held virtually from 19–30 April)

The presentations from NOC explore issues from...

Posted: 20 April 2021
TMA Bluetech, promoting bluetech and blue jobs (logo)

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has just announced a strategic partnership with TMA BlueTech®.

This will advance the sustainable Blue Economy and BlueTech in the UK/US by introductions and joint events designed to encourage collaboration in each other’s geographical...

Posted: 16 April 2021
Unveiling a new name, Professor Ed Hill and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh.

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is saddened by the passing of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Prince Philip had a strong interest in science and engineering and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1951 and was Senior Fellow of the Royal...

Posted: 15 April 2021
The E.T. Sponge, Advhena magnifica. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas

2020 saw the identification of almost 2,000 fascinating new marine species. The National Oceanography Centre (NOC), in collaboration with The World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) and other scientists around the globe, has been working to decide which of these incredible...

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...

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 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...

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).


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)...