RRS James Cook

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.

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.

New expedition aims to assist in UK strategy in combatting climate change

RRS James Cook ready to set sail to to the North Atlantic Subpolar Gyre.

Scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) will be embarking on an expedition to the North Atlantic Subpolar Gyre to measure ocean changes and how they affect the UK’s weather systems.

International science bursary students join their first research expedition

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the West of England P&I Club (West P&I) are proud to introduce Adeola Dahunsi and Selasi Yao Avornyo as the two students selected for the second year of our collaborative international bursary programme.

Mission to investigate giant iceberg underway

 RRS James Cook

The ship’s crew and NOC researchers on board RRS James Cook were joined by scientists from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) this week as their quarantine ended ahead of the expedition to the massive A-68a iceberg in the South Atlantic.

Mission to investigate giant iceberg launches

A submarine glider in Antarctic waters

A research mission to determine the impact of the giant A-68a iceberg on one of the world’s most important ecosystems gets underway next month.

A team of scientists, led by British Antarctic Survey (BAS), will set sail on one of the National Oceanography Centre’s research ships bound for the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia.

Latest RAPID research expedition begins

On March 9 the Royal Research Ship (RRS) James Cook departed from Tenerife on an expedition to measure of 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.

New Deepglider ocean robot successfully trialled off southwest UK

Deepglider being deployed from RRS James Cook

The NOC has recently purchased and trialled a new type of marine robot called a Deepglider. The vehicle will join the NMF-MARS glider fleet, and will allow the UK science community to collect water column data at depths of up to 6000m.

UK-Brazil Year of Science and Innovation hosts RRS James Cook in Rio


The arrival of the RRS James Cook into Rio kicked off a special day of events hosted by the city’s Museum of Tomorrow to celebrate the announcement of the upcoming UK-Brazil Year of Science and Innovation.