research expeditions

NOC and West P&I celebrate successful first year of international bursary programme

Online mentoring with the Class of 2021

A new bursary made available by West of England P&I club (West P&I) and managed by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has had a highly successful first year, despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Expedition sets sail to investigate carbon in the Benguela upwelling

Research at sea

On 23 May 2018 the Royal Research Ship (RRS) Discovery will begin an ambitious science expedition to the South Atlantic to study the role of low oxygen zones in ocean carbon storage. The results of this investigation will help improve understanding of how the ocean’s biology contributes to the long-term storage of carbon in the ocean.

RRS James Cook research takes biologist to Parliament

RRS James Cook

Rui Vieira an Ocean and Earth Science PhD student from University of Southampton specialising in deep-sea ecology, biological oceanography and fisheries is attending Parliament to present his research to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of SET for Britain on Monday 7 March.

Is AMOC amok?

Depoying a RAPID mooring

A decade of research on the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), which is important for understanding the climate, reveals some surprising findings about its behaviour.

Robot cameras monitor deep sea ecosystems

Autosub returning from a successful mission

Scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have used advanced photographic tools in an unmanned Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) to make major advancements in estimating deep-sea ecosystem diversity at ‘landscape’ scales.

Meteor Cruise 108 to the Porcupine Abyssal Plain (PAP) sustained observatory

ODAS buoy

Update – 17 July 2014

Major research expedition prepares to set sail

RRS James Clark Ross

Scientists from the National Oceanography Centre are preparing to set sail to sub-polar regions on a very technical and scientific challenge – to measure the currents of the northern North Atlantic Ocean from the surface to the seafloor.

From vents to volcanoes – Cook moves on to Montserrat

Soufriere Hills volcano in Montserrat (image:

Helping assess volcanic hazards is the next task for National Oceanography Centre scientists working in the Caribbean Sea.

BBC reporting from RRS James Cook

Beebe hydrothermal vent field at 4968m

The BBC’s Science Editor, David Shukman, is aboard the Royal Research Ship James Cook as scientists from the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, explore the deepest hydrothermal vents yet discovered on the planet, in the Cayman Trough beneath the Caribbean Sea.

Ocean acidification in the Southern Ocean

RRS James Clark Ross

An expedition to the icy waters of Antarctica has begun aboard the RRS James Clark Ross. The five-week mission will study the effect of ocean acidification in the Southern Ocean.