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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 markets.


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)...

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.


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...