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Posted: 29 June 2020
The National Marine Facilities Technology Road Map The National Oceanography Centre has this week published the National Marine Facilities (NMF) Technology Roadmap 2020-21, which outlines current capabilities, and looks to the future of oceanographic science and the technology that will take us there. The NMF Technology Road Map acts as a... Read more
Posted: 29 June 2020
Funding has been announced for a major project aimed at improving understanding of an ocean region important for climate predictability. The SNAP-DRAGON project will see NOC scientists work alongside colleagues from Oxford, Southampton, Reading, Liverpool, Oban, and the US, to study the... Read more
Posted: 24 June 2020
An in-situ image of <span style="font-style: normal">Moanammina</span> from Jennifer Durden and Craig Smith as part of the DeepCCZ Project Two new genera and four new species of giant, single-celled xenophyophores (protozoans belonging to a group called the foraminifera) were discovered in the deep Pacific Ocean during a joint project between scientists at the National Oceanography Centre, UK (NOC), the University of Hawai’i, and... Read more
Posted: 18 June 2020
Upper Channel 3D Perspective New research led by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has discovered how fast-moving waterfalls under the sea control the shape and behaviour of submarine channels. These underwater channels are the offshore equivalents of rivers, but can be much larger. Submarine channels can extend for... Read more
Posted: 3 June 2020
The National Oceanography Centre this week announced the expert session chairs for this year’s Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase (MATS 2020), scheduled to take place from 10-12 November. Over the last six years, MATS has grown from a relatively small event to one of the key dates in... Read more
Posted: 28 May 2020
Huw Gullick The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Huw Gullick who joins us this August as Managing Director of NOC Innovations and Associate Director of Strategic Business Development.  NOC Innovations Ltd is the wholly owned commercial trading... Read more
Posted: 14 May 2020
A cold-water coral reef of Desmophyllum pertusum at ca. 750 m water depth. New research from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) shows that biodiversity and cold-water coral presence in deep-sea canyons are linked to elevated current speeds and canyon topography. The study also shows that excluding information about deep-sea currents and waves from predictive models... Read more
Posted: 1 May 2020
Simplified graphic showing how seafloor currents create microplastics hotspots in the deep-sea New research has revealed the highest levels of microplastic yet recorded on the seafloor, with up to 1.9 million pieces in an area of just one square metre. Published this week in the journal Science, this study shows how deep-sea currents act as conveyor belts, transporting tiny plastic... Read more
Posted: 21 April 2020
The giant amphipod, <span style="font-style: normal">Eurythenes</span> Studying samples that date back to 1985, NOC scientists have discovered that the key scavengers of the deep-sea floor have changed in a way that matches changes in surface ocean climate. The work has also discovered a new species in the giant amphipod genus Eurythenes. Published in the... Read more
Posted: 16 April 2020
Staff from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) are contributing to the nationwide effort to manufacture Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontline health workers. Staff from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) are contributing to the nationwide effort to manufacture Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontline health workers as part of a UK-wide drive to provide vital kit to help keep NHS and care home staff safe as they respond to the coronavirus... Read more