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Important submarine canyons ecosystems are at risk

Cold-water coral Lophelia 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.

Creating ‘Virtual storms’ to help design coastal defences and coastal flood warning systems

Long-term impacts of deep-sea mineral mining

Image of the seafloor in the abyssal Pacific showing nodules and large deep-water prawn (Bathystylodactyloidea). Image shows an area of seafloor approximately 50cm across.

A new international study has demonstrated that deep-sea nodule mining will cause long-lasting damage to deep-sea life. This study, led by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), was the first to review all the available information on the impacts of small-scale sea-floor disturbances simulating mining activity.

Steatite formally partners with NOC Marine Robotics Innovation Centre

Autosub Long Range

Steatite, a leader in the development of power solutions for extreme environments, has formally become a partner with the Marine Robotics Innovation Centre.

New project to study the impacts of climate change on Arctic ecosystems

A new project will investigate how climate-driven changes affect two top Arctic predators, the Harp and Ringed seals, as well as the base of the Arctic food web.

In memoriam of Graham Shimmield

Graham Shimmield

The National Oceanography Centre is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Graham Shimmield, the director of Scottish Association for Marine Science between 1996 and 2008.

Tracking the UKs carbon from soil to sea

This January scientists from a range of disciplines will come together to undertake the first ever coordinated sampling of the major rivers in Great Britain to look for soil derived organic carbon.

The world’s wet regions are getting wetter and the dry regions are getting drier

Research from the NOC and the University of Southampton have provided robust evidence that wet regions of the earth are getting wetter and dry regions are getting drier, but it is happening at a slower rate than previously thought.

The study, published in Scientific Reports, analysed the saltiness of the world’s oceans.

Most UK coastal flooding caused by moderate, not extreme storms

Scientists at the NOC and the University of Southampton have found that the majority of instances of coastal flooding around the United Kingdom in the last 100 years have been due to moderate storm events combined with high spring tides, rather than extreme storms.

First global wind speed data from UK TechDemoSat-1 open new prospects for weather monitoring and forecasting

The Earth from space

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has developed the first ever global wind speed products based on reflected GPS signals, using data from the UK TechDemoSat-1 satellite.