Marine Systems Modelling (MSM)

NERC appoints new BIO-Carbon champion

Dr Adrian Martin

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has appointed a BIO-Carbon champion to lead a programme that will provide new insights into the role of marine life in ocean carbon storage.

Scientists can now measure the thickness of Arctic Sea ice all year round

Melting sea ice in the Arctic photographed from the Alfred Wegener Institute’s airborne sea-ice survey IceBird. (Image: Alfred-Wegener-Institute / Esther Horvath)

Scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) along with partners from UiT The Arctic University of Norway are now able to measure the thickness of ice in the Arctic Sea 365 days a year using satellites.

NOC joins study to assess impact of offshore wind farms

Scientists from the National Oceanography Centre, the UK’s leading ocean research centre, are joining a collaborative effort to assess the impact of offshore wind farms on marine ecosystems.

Scientist Spotlight – Dive into the Twilight Zone with Dr Adrian Martin

Dr Adrian Martin at sea

From its extraordinary creatures, to its crucial role in how the ocean takes up and stores carbon, the ocean’s Twilight Zone is a key research focus for scientists around the world.

UK climate continues to change in 2021

The latest annual report shows the continuation of warmer than average years and increasing rate of sea level rise around the UK.

Plankton stores more carbon as Earth’s climate warms, but storage beyond end of the century is uncertain

Surface phytoplankton captures carbon, stores it in cell walls, and transfers it to the ocean deep after the algae die. How might the seasons affect this process? Image: NOAA National Ocean Service/Wikimedia Commons, public domain.

Researchers at the University of Bristol, the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and other UK institutions predict that the amount of carbon stored by microscopic plankton will increase in the coming century.

New study reveals ‘leaky’ deep ocean may store less carbon

A study by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has shown that carbon storage in the deep ocean may be considerably less permanent than previously assumed, raising questions about the role the ocean may play as a carbon sink in the future.

New analysis of the subpolar North Atlantic reveals an increasingly strong role for the ocean in unusual year to year temperature changes

Sea surface temperature pattern associated with the ocean contribution to unusual mixed layer heat variations (red warm, blue cold). Source: the NEMO ocean model component of the high-resolution climate simulation used for part of the study

A ground-breaking study by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) published today (Wednesday 18 May) in Nature Communications Earth and Environment, has revealed for the first time that the ocean is as important as the atmosphere in causing unusual temperature variations in the subpolar

Year-long expedition gives deep insights into the Arctic of tomorrow

Polarstern, the MOSAiC Leg 4, Image credit - Lianna Nixon

Hundreds of international researchers, including scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) are currently analysing observations from the one-year MOSAiC expedition.

NOC celebrates recognition of climate science in Physics Nobel Prize winner announcement

The ocean and atmosphere circulations shown in this example are simulated by an advanced computer model developed jointly by scientists at the UK Met Office and the National Oceanography Centre.

Earlier this week, climate science was recognised in the announcement of the Nobel Prize in Physics 2021, when a share of the prize was jointly awarded to Klaus Hasselmann and Syukuru Manabe.