Porcupine Abyssal Plain (PAP)

NOC extends 36-year climate change study in the Northeast Atlantic Ocean

RRS Discovery leaving Southampton

The National Oceanography Centre’s (NOC) Royal Research Ship Discovery left Southampton, on 25 March 2021, for an expedition to the Porcupine Abyssal Plain Sustained Observatory (PAP-SO).

RRS Discovery Sails to the Porcupine Abyssal Plain

Monitoring equipment recovery at PAP site

The RRS Discovery set sail today on its second scientific research expedition since the coronavirus pandemic put the research ship programme temporarily on hold.

NOC Ocean Observatory torn lose by hurricane Epsilon safely recovered by FS MARIA S. MERIAN

Last week a NOC Ocean Observatory in the North-East Atlantic was torn from its mooring by high winds and waves associated with the remnants of hurricane Epsilon that struck the UK a few days later.

Do deep-sea fish migrate?

The DELOS project is well matched with the NOC’s deep-ocean observation programme.

The first documented seasonal migrations of fish across the deep-sea floor has been revealed in research published today, involving NOC authors.

International collaborative expedition to shed light on microplastics and ocean carbon

On Friday 14 April the RRS Discovery will leave Southampton for a research expedition to the Porcupine Abyssal Plain sustained ocean observatory (PAP-SO) in the Northeast Atlantic.

Europe collaborates to coordinate open ocean observatories

PAP Surface Buoy

European scientists are joining forces to better understand oceanic change, by coordinating ocean data acquisition, analysis and response on scales ranging from the provincial to the global.

UK commitment to international science on greenhouse gasses

PAP site Met Office buoy

The UK has become the newest member of an international consortium supporting science on greenhouse gasses, through long-term research infrastructure.

The very hungry sea anemone

Losactis feeding

The surprising culinary preferences of an abyssal sea anemone have been unveiled by a team of scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC).

Picturing the Deep – seeing climate change on the ocean floor

Autosub6000 onboard RRS Discovery

NOC scientist, Dr Henry Ruhl, is leading an expedition to the Porcupine Abyssal Plain, some 300 miles southwest of Lands End. He will be looking at how the shape of deep ocean floor and climate influence deep sea ecology, and he intends to do this by making a very large photographic map of the seafloor – 10km by 10km – an area roughly the size of Southampton.

Met Office and NOC enhance ocean observatory

Map of the open ocean observatories of the EuroSITES network (credit EuroSITES/NOC)

In May 2010, the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) joins forces with the UK Met Office to enhance ocean monitoring at the Porcupine Abyssal Plain sustained observatory (PAP-SO), the longest multidisciplinary open-ocean time-series observatory in Europe. This collaboration should both advance scientific understanding of the ocean and improve climate prediction.