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Global analysis reveals how sharks travel the oceans to find food

Reef shark

The global effort to overturn recent declines in the world’s shark population could be helped by new insights into their feeding habits. Ocean modelling by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is enabling this new research, led by the University of Southampton and published in Nature Ecology & Evolution.

Large volcanic island flank collapses trigger catastrophic eruptions

Tiede volcano

New research, published this week (18 January 2018) in Nature Scientific Reports, not only implies a link between catastrophic volcanic eruptions and landslides, but also suggests that landslides are the trigger.

Sanchi oil spill contamination could reach Japan within a month (update)

Sanchi oil spill modelling

An updated emergency ocean model simulation shows that waters polluted by the sinking Sanchi oil tanker could reach Japan within a month.

Sanchi oil spill contamination could take three months to reach mainland

Water contaminated by the oil currently leaking into the ocean from the Sanchi tanker collision is likely to take at least three months to reach land, and if it does the Korean coast is the most likely location. However, the oil’s fate is highly uncertain, as it may burn, evaporate, or mix into the surface ocean and contaminate the environment for an extended duration.

Marine robots detect whales in the deep ocean

A fleet of pioneering marine robots, built and operated by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and its partners, has successfully detected whales and porpoises and recorded the sounds they make in a survey of the deep ocean off northern Scotland.

The planet’s largest landslides happen on submarine volcanoes

Large volume submarine landslides, triggered by the inception and growth of submarine volcanoes, represent among the largest mass movements of sediment on Earth’s surface.

New carbon dioxide detector developed for unmanned ocean vessels

Autonaut in rough seas

Carbon dioxide in remote parts of the world’s oceans will be measured by a new instrument being developed by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC).

Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase 2017 hailed a success

MATS2017 speakers

Last week saw the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) host its third Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase (MATS) at the Southampton waterfront site.

The three-day event included 50 keynote and technical presentations describing the latest developments in marine robotic technology, and provided an effective forum for networking and discussion between delegates.

£19 million government investment in NOC technology announced

The government this week announced an investment of over £19 million into NOC platforms and sensor development through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF).

Update: changes in the ownership and governance of the National Oceanography Centre

On Friday 27 October, the Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation agreed that plans for the NOC to become an independent research institute, should move into preparation phase.