Porcupine Abyssal Plain: RRS James Cook cruise 062

RRS  James Cook cruise 062 area of operations [F: Falmouth, C: Cork, PSB: Porcupine Seabight, PAP: Porcupine Abyssal Plain]

On Sunday 24 July the Royal Research Ship James Cook will head out from Falmouth into the deep Northeast Atlantic on a research expedition to the Porcupine Abyssal Plain (PAP).

Ed Hill awarded honorary doctorate

Prof Ed Hill (right) with Sir Peter Middleton, Chancellor of the University of Sheffield

Professor Ed Hill , Executive Director of the National Oceanography Centre, receives an honorary doctorate from the University of Sheffield today.

NOC among South’s best for corporate social responsibility

Aidan Thorn, Lewis Rennison, Ed Hill, Chris Bath, Candice Snelling and Kate Davis at the awards ceremony

NOC came close to winning the aap3 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) category of the prestigious South Coast Business Awards earlier this month.

Marine Life Talk – 1 December 2011

Sea anemones

The Mysteries of Ageing in a Marine Environment, 19.30pm at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton –

by Dr Joel Parker

From immortal jelly fish and sea anemones that live for decades, some marine organisms appear not to age. Do our oceans contain the answer to extending longevity?

Marine Life Talk – 3 November 2011

Fisheries Patrol Vessel

Local marine fisheries and conservation, 19.30pm at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton –

by Dr Antony Jensen

The past few years have seen a major change in fisheries and inshore conservation management in England

Marine Life Talk – 6 October 2011


Surf and algal turf – Life on the Boscombe Artificial Surf Reef, 19.30pm at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton –

by Josie Pegg

Marine Life Talk – 1 September 2011

Hydrothermal vent

19.30pm at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton – Mining in the deep sea and the protection of marine life –

by Dr David Billett –

The deep ocean holds a wealth of minerals. As minerals become more scarce on land, attention is turning to resources in the ocean.

RRS Discovery cruise 366: 7 July 2011


This last blog entry is by Toby Tyrrell and Eric Achterberg.

RRS Discovery cruise 366: 6 July 2011


Today is the penultimate day of scientific data collection for most of us. At 5am we measured the last of the bottles from the fifth and last bioassay. Then, a few hours later, the CTD was lowered down on the start of another long journey to the deep ocean.

RRS Discovery cruise 366: 4 July 2011


When we got up this morning we were met with a surprising and rather wonderful scene (see photo). It was as if we had suddenly been transported to a different climate overnight, or to a placid lake.