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Ocean currents hold key to understanding the extent of oil well blow-out impact

The impact of a subsea oil well blow-out in the Faroe-Shetland Channel on the diverse deep-sea life there partly depends on the depth and when it happens, according to new research by National Oceanography Centre (NOC) scientists.

Funding awarded to NOC’s Innovation Centre to support space entrepreneurs 

Three business incubation centres across the UK – including one in the NOC’s Innovation Centre – have been awarded £150,000 from the UK Space Agency.

The UK Space Agency (UKSA) is working to deliver world-class science innovation support, in line with the government’s Industrial Strategy, which emphasises the importance of science, innovation and skills.

Sonardyne becomes a full Partner in NOC’s Marine Robotics Innovation Centre

A year after becoming an Associate Member of the National Oceanography Centre’s (NOC) Marine Robotics Innovation Centre, global provider of underwater positioning, communications and custom engineering solutions, Sonardyne International Ltd. has upgraded its membership to become a full Partner. 

Autosub Long Range prepares to dive into the abyss on first Antarctic mission

The NOC’s Autosub Long Range is joining ocean scientists from the University of Southampton and British Antarctic Survey (BAS) on an expedition to study some of the deepest and coldest abyssal ocean waters on earth – known as Antarctic Bottom Water (AABW) – and how they affect climate change.

National Oceanography Centre Joins World Ocean Council

The National Oceanography Centre has joined the World Ocean Council (WOC), the international cross-sectional alliance committed to corporate ocean responsibility.

The Ocean’s future is stressful

A NOC-led study, published in Nature Communications, finds that with just 15 more years of current emissions, over half of the world’s ocean will be exposed to more than one source of stress, affecting everything from the tiniest plants to the mightiest whales. By 2050, that figure rises to around 86% of the ocean.

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.
 

Saharan dust enhances carbon trapping by ocean deserts

Phytoplankton ‘tufts’ from the summer POC flux pulse at Northern Oligotrophic Gyre observatory

A new study led by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) reveals that that dust generated by land erosion has large repercussions for oceanic processes and planetary climate.

Abyssal region of the Pacific reveals species new to science

Pacific xenophyophores

Scientists at the NOC have discovered 34 new species of giant single-celled organisms living at depths of more than 4 km in the eastern equatorial Pacific. The study areas are among those licensed by the International Seabed Authority (ISA) for exploration by companies with an interest in possible future deep-sea mining.

Important submarine canyons ecosystems are at risk

Biologically rich coral community from Whittard Canyon.

NOC scientists contributed to a recent review of studies of submarine canyons, which identified they are at risk from human activities, and require better protection.