NOC at Oceanology International 2018

The UK’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is returning to Oceanology International this year with two exhibition stands, as well as chairing and participating in a number of conference sessions.

With its most extensive presence at the show to date, the NOC’s Executive Director Professor Ed Hill, OBE, will start the NOC’s programme of talks by addressing the Ocean Futures Forum on the first day with a presentation titled Future Science Needs in Support of the Ocean Economy.

The NOC’s expertise in innovative marine sensor development is represented by Professor Matt Mowlem, Head of Ocean Technology and Engineering, who will chair three sessions in the Technical Tracks conference sessions on Tuesday 13 March. He will be joined by Dr Alex Beaton presenting NOC’s pioneering lab-on-chip chemical sensors for the session on Developments in Sensors, Instrumentation and Measurement Techniques.

On the same day, the ‘Focus on Geophysics’ Technical Track will feature NOC’s Dr Mike Clare, Senior Researcher, presenting on Submarine Slope Instability Hazard for Offshore Developments: How Can We Fill Outstanding Knowledge and Certainty Gaps?

The following day’s Technical Tracks will feature the NOC’s considerable experience in development and operation of unmanned marine autonomous systems, with Professor Russell Wynn, Chief Scientist, NOC Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems, chairing sessions on ‘Expanding Capabilities of Unmanned Vehicles’ and ‘Unmanned Multi-Vehicle Collaboration: Ocean Mapping & Monitoring Applications’. The first of these sessions will also include speaker Dr Alexander Phillips, Head of Marine Autonomous Systems Development at the NOC, presenting Current AUV Developments at the National Oceanography Centre.

The NOC also has an extensive presence within the new ICT Expo sessions, with Dr Clare Postlethwaite, Coordinator of the Marine Environmental Data and Information Network (MEDIN), chairing the ‘Enabling Enhanced Marine Sensing Command & Control’ session. Speaking at this session is Dr Justin Buck, Senior Data Scientist, presenting on the Oceanids Command and Control (C2) Data System that forms part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

Dr Postlethwaite will also chair the ‘Widening Access to Ocean Data’ session, joined by Dr Chris Wood and Dr Alexandra Kokkinaki from the British Oceanographic Data Centre, and the ‘Novel Systems Using Ocean Data’ session where she will be joined by Dr Thomas Prime, Applied Modeller at NOC, presenting Relocatable Tide Prediction and Storm Surge Forecasting.

On the final day, NOC’s Michela De Dominicis will deliver a talk in the ‘Marine Renewables: Feasibility Studies, Data Resources and Research’ session entitled Does tidal energy extraction ameliorate or exacerbate the effects of climate change?

Representatives from the NOC’s business development and data products teams will be at the show throughout, on stands A209 and R390, and can be contacted to arrange meetings via