RRS Discovery

RRS Discovery begins 9,000-mile voyage to explore remote ocean depths

The RRS Discovery

The RRS Discovery, operated by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), will embark on a 9,000-mile expedition today (27 October) to conduct an extensive scientific survey within the South Atlantic ocean – and could even discover new species in previously unexplored depths.

Life on board Discovery

Maritime UK Week spotlight: meet Stewart Mackay, Captain of the RRS Discovery

For Maritime UK Week, we are sharing a recent video interview with Stewart Mackay, Captain of the RRS Discovery, who gives fascinating insight into his journey to becoming a captain, how a Royal Research Ship is run and some of his favourite memories at sea.

UK ocean research community secures global expert in robotics

Dr Maaten Furlong

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC), one of the world’s top ocean science organisations for research and innovation, has appointed a global expert in autonomous and robotics development to lead the UK’s national marine research facility.

UK’s new fleet of advanced robotic floats deployed as part of global Argo programme

An Argo float being deployed from the RRS Discovery as part of the RAPID expedition

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has successfully deployed the first of the UK’s new fleet of Biogeochemical (BGC) Argo profiling floats as part of the international Argo programme.

Mini boat built by Southampton students departs on RRS Discovery

The ‘KES Kraken’ with the RRS Discovery

A mini boat built by students from King Edward VI School in Southampton has made its maiden voyage from the city on the world-class research ship, RRS Discovery as part of a project coordinated by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC).

Collaborative expedition underway with NASA Oceans and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Marine Planning Facilities portal: RRS Discovery, RRS James Cook and RV Sarmiento de Gamboa at work on a collaborative expedition

The NOC is working on a global research project with teams from NASA Oceans and WHOI (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) to assist the NASA-led EXPORTS programme and WHOI’s Ocean Twilight Zone project.

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).

Research expedition begins to measure world’s largest system of ocean currents

RAPID research expedition on RRS Discovery December 2020

Royal Research Ship (RRS) Discovery departed Southampton today to measure one of the world’s largest system of ocean currents, the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC).

These measurements are used to understand the natural variability of the ocean and climate system and its impact on the weather.

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.