seafloor and habitat mapping

New genus of giant single-celled organism found on Pacific seafloor named after Moana

An in-situ image of <span style="font-style: normal">Moanammina</span> from Jennifer Durden and Craig Smith as part of the DeepCCZ Project

Seafloor microplastic hotspots controlled by deep-sea currents

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.

New insights into the transportation of microplastics across the deep seafloor

Turbidity currents transport coastal microplastics from shelf to deep-sea.

National Oceanography Centre (NOC) research has revealed for the first time how submarine sediment avalanches can transport microplastics from land into the deep ocean.

The study also revealed that these flows are responsible for sorting different types of microplastics – burying some, and moving others vast distances across the sea floor.

High-resolution mapping of deep-sea vertical walls using ocean robots

AUV mapping canyon walls

A new study published by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) combines novel autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) mapping and imaging methodologies to reveal the complex 3D terrain of deep-sea vertical cliffs and the diversity of species associated with them.

Update on Project Shearwater

A ‘Menorcan’ Shearwater at La Mola, Menorca (photo: Russell Wynn)

Researchers have reported on a project that aims to help with the conservation of a critically endangered European seabird.