Ocean BioGeosciences (OBG)

RRS James Cook sets sail to study human impacts on deep-sea ecosystems

RRS James Cook

Scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have set-sail on the RRS James Cook on a collaborative expedition to the Whittard Canyon to advance knowledge of some of the richest and most complex deep-sea ecosystems on Earth.

Illustrated celebration of the ocean announced

Ocean: Exploring the Marine World

A brand new richly illustrated celebration of the world’s oceans and seas, developed in consultation with an international panel of experts including the National Oceanography Centre’s (NOC) Dr Tammy Horton, is now available for pre-order.

Plastic-free July scientist spotlight – Meet a microplastics expert

Dr Mike Clare working in the NOC's British Ocean Sediment Core Research Facility (BOSCORF)

The visible effects of plastic entering the ocean are sadly all too clear to us now, but what about the plastic we can’t see?

Scientists discover world’s longest underwater avalanche after rescue of lost data

Image: sensors being put in place. Image credit: Professor Pete Talling

Prompt action by scientists recovered sensors drifting across the Atlantic Ocean that held data on a seabed sediment avalanche that travelled for 1,100km to ocean depths of 4,500m.

Scientists to study marine carbon storage around the Isle of Man

A study is underway on the Isle of Man to investigate, for the first time, the Island’s marine and coastal role in storing carbon to help mitigate climate change.

NOC uncovers ground-breaking shifts in tipping points in marine ecosystems

Scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have discovered shifts in tipping points driven by climate change, during a study investigating 21st century plankton communities.

Scientists aim to reverse the trend of seagrass degradation

Seagrass image

The UK’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is working alongside eleven principal scientists, political bodies and NGOs concerned with seagrass management, on the current Recovery of Seagrass for Ocean Wealth UK project (ReSOW UK).

Research expedition maps Scottish sea bed to study recovery of coral reef

Newly developed 3D imaging technology has allowed scientists to map an area of cold-water coral reefs off the coast of Scotland to see whether it has recovered since being declared a Marine Protected Area 16 years ago.

Research expedition will assess the recovery of Scottish coral reef

A healthy cold water coral mount

On Friday 6 September a team of scientists and engineers, led by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and University of Southampton, will set sail to revisit a deep, cold-water coral reef area 16 years after it was named a Marine Protected Area, to look for evidence the coral is regenerating.