Using National Capability National Public Good the NOC provides dedicated support to two nationwide networks that bring together stakeholders from Government and academic institutes. These are key in harnessing, disseminating and coordinating information from all sectors involved in UK marine science.
Managed by the International and Strategic Partnerships Office, NOC staff deliver secretariat support to the UKs Marine Science Coordination Committee (MSCC) and the NOC Association of National Capability Beneficiaries
The UK Marine Science Co-ordination Committee (MSCC) brings together the marine science and evidence interests of multiple UK government departments, devolved administrations and public agencies. This enables marine science activities to be better coordinated nationally to avoid duplication of efforts and provides a means to engage with those in Government, Devolved Administrations and other Public Bodies on the latest research advances, to explain the importance research findings and to understand the science-based evidence needs. To assist this process, the NOC provides expertise into the MSCC secretariat.
The NOC also provides secretariat support to the National Partnership for Ocean Prediction (NPOP). NPOP is a collaborative programme between the NOC, the Met Office, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science. The scientific collaboration aims to provide an improved understanding and prediction of many aspects of the marine environment, including; fisheries, safety at sea, maritime operations, marine renewable energy, coastal flood warning, and the achievement and maintenance of good environmental status.
As part of this programme, scientists from the partner organisations develop and promote the application of world-leading marine products and services, with a focus on national and public benefit. This includes the integration of models, observations and scientific understanding to produce the best information, and advice about the marine environment. There will be a rigorous quality assurance and traceability of data, in addition to a focus on the needs of those who will use these services in order to maximise the social and economic benefits.
The NOC is also a member of the Natural Hazards Partnership, which brings together expertise from across NERC-UKRI to provide scientific advice to the UK Government’s Cabinet Office on preparation response and review of natural hazards including flooding, geological hazards, volcanic ash, weather and wildfires.