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Posted: 19 October, 2017
Today the NOC announced it’s involvement in a new, internationally collaborative project that will inform planning for the Pearl River Delta in China by combining measurements of salt in estuarine waters with computer modelling. Currently high levels of salt in the Pearl River Delta are... Read more
Posted: 18 October, 2017
Responding to the recent low-level seismic activity on the Canary Island of La Palma, the NOC’s Dr James Hunt said “It is debatable whether an eruption will ensue on La Palma, what magnitude such an eruption would reach should one occur, and whether the volcanism would be enough to cause a flank... Read more
Posted: 13 October, 2017
A team of scientists has discovered that sediment avalanches occurring deep under the ocean are far more frequent and long-lasting than previously thought. The team, including Mike Clare, Matthieu Cartigny, Peter Talling, and Dan Parsons and their respective groups at the NOC, Durham... Read more
Posted: 6 October, 2017
The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the Vietnam Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources (VIGMR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), on 26 September, which will develop joint training and technical programmes for knowledge transfer and research collaboration around areas of... Read more
Posted: 5 October, 2017
A new, international, collaborative project will investigate the potential of wetlands as a natural defence against rising sea-levels. The project will specifically look at the potential of this technique in the Chinese cities of Guangzhou and Shenzhen in the Pearl River Delta, which are ranked... Read more
Posted: 29 September, 2017
This week, the 2017 Ministerial Meeting on Science takes place in Turin, Italy. Ministers and senior officials from across the G7 congratulated the G7 Future of the Seas and Oceans Working Group on the significant progress it has made since Ministers last met in May 2016. The Working Group,... Read more
Posted: 29 September, 2017
Prof. Mike Roberts at the Official Opening Last week, the NOC’s Associate Director for Innovation and Enterprise, Kevin Forshaw attended the opening of the new Ocean Sciences Campus at the Nelson Mandela University (NMU) – South Africa’s first and only campus dedicated to marine research and technology. In establishing and running... Read more
Posted: 21 September, 2017
Tomorrow morning the royal research ship (RRS) Discovery will leave Southampton for an ambitious science expedition to the waters around South Georgia.This expedition will take place around 100 years after the Discovery committee was set up and later commissioned a series of investigations in... Read more
Posted: 6 September, 2017
Talking to the BBC about the recent hurricanes, NOC’s Professor Judith Wolf, said “This year’s hurricane season is worse than usual, at least the worst since 2005 when hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. We cannot attribute this directly to climate change – there are large changes in the number... Read more
Posted: 6 September, 2017
Glider ballasting ready for deployments later this year NOC oceanographer Dr Stephanie Henson has been awarded a major research grant from the European Research Council (ERC). GOCART (Gauging Ocean organic Carbon fluxes using Autonomous Robotic Technologies) is an ambitious 5-year project that will use autonomous underwater vehicles to... Read more