Rapid Climate Change Programme (RAPID)

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.

Marine robots could help improve forecasts of European weather in the future

On Saturday 20th October the Royal Research Ship (RRS) James Cook departed on an expedition during which a new automated system of collecting climate data will be trialed. If successful, the new technology could help improve long-range European weather forecasts in the future.

RRS James Cook – RAPID Expedition

Deploying mooring on the RAPID array

Scientists and technicians from the National Oceanography Centre are spending six weeks at sea gathering data from the deep ocean that provide important information about our varying climate.

This year they will for the first time be retrieving data on the transport of carbon dioxide by the ocean.

AXA and NOC collaborate on European weather extremes


Last week AXA insurance showcased a project led by Dr Aurélie Duchez from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in collaboration with the UK Met Office, which aims to investigate the role of the ocean on European weather extremes.

Ocean currents to be tracked from space

Earth from space (credit: NASA)

A new method of tracking ocean currents from space has been developed by NASA scientists and verified using data from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC).

Subtropical expedition will help forecast UK weather

RRS Discovery leaving on May 15

To improve long-term understanding of weather and global environmental change, the Royal Research Ship Discovery is leaving Southampton tomorrow for a six week expedition to the Bahamas.

New York City sea level rise, and RAPID

RAPID buoys

New research using National Oceanography Centre data reveals that sea levels north of New York City rose by nearly 13cm in two years.

NOC to lead new biogeochemical RAPID-array project

Automated water samplers

The National Oceanography Centre is leading a £1.2M NERC funded project to improve our understanding of the role of the Atlantic meridional overturning current (AMOC) in absorbing atmospheric carbon.