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Posted: 22 June 2018
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, on a visit to the NOC in Southampton The Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, on a visit to the NOC in Southampton, has today unveiled an ambitious plan to bring together all of the Government’s international oceans work under a single strategy for the first time. The Government’s will agree and implement a new international oceans... Read more
Posted: 21 June 2018
Women in Engineering Day 2018 The NOC People Strategy has at its centre a vision of NOC as ‘a great place to work where people succeed and deliver great work’. NOC is using the Investors in People framework to review progress towards this vision and make improvements; and gained accreditation in September 2015, with very... Read more
Posted: 7 June 2018
Bongo nets 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... Read more
Posted: 18 May 2018
The PAP Observatory buoy on the ocean surface On Saturday 19 May, the RRS James Cook will leave Southampton for a research expedition to the Porcupine Abyssal Plain – Sustained Observatory (PAP-SO) in the northeast Atlantic Ocean. This expedition aims to answer fundamental questions about how potential environmental and ecological stressors... Read more
Posted: 15 May 2018
MATS 2018 call for abstracts - closes July 15 The NOC is calling for abstract submissions for the 2018 Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase (MATS). The deadline for submissions is 15 July. Following on from the success of MATS 2017, this year's event will take place from Tuesday 13 November to Thursday 15 November. MATS 2018 will... Read more
Posted: 9 May 2018
On 09 May 2018, National Oceanography Centre (NOC) scientists will set sail towards the Fram Strait, between Greenland and Svalbard, as part of the ARISE project, which will investigate the impact of warming on the Arctic food chain. ARISE forms part of the £16 million, UK flagship Changing Arctic... Read more
Posted: 30 April 2018
The necklace foraminiferan, described by NOC scientists Andrew Gooday, Daniel Jones, Aurelie Goineau and Erik Simon-Lledó, has made it onto the top-ten list of newly-described marine species of 2017, one of two top-ten lists compiled by the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) to celebrate a... Read more
Posted: 27 April 2018
Kevin Forshaw, Associate Director Enterprise and Research Impact, will be leaving the National Oceanography Centre on 20 July to take up a position with the University of Plymouth, as Director of Industrial and Strategic Partnerships within the Faculty of Science and Engineering. In his time at... Read more
Posted: 20 April 2018
The NOC has this month been at the centre of a number of high profile government announcements regarding the future management and protection of the ocean. On Thursday during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, in London, Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, announced via the Government... Read more
Posted: 19 April 2018
One of the CTD instruments used to collect the data used in this study. New research shows the first observed reduction in lead concentrations in the surface waters of the seas around Europe since the phasing out of leaded petrol. Lead has no biological function, and is toxic to humans and marine organisms. The study, published in Geophysical Research Letters, is... Read more