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New insights into biodiversity hotspots could help protect them from potential deep-sea mining

Red soft corals

New insights into animal patterns around extinct submarine volcanoes could inform measures used to protect marine ecosystems from human activities, such as trawling and deep-sea mining.

NOC’s robot fleet on active missions from pole to pole

Part of the NOC's marine equipment fleet

The world-leading fleet of marine robots operated by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has just had its busiest two months ever.

Seabed mapping supports conservation in giant marine protected areas

Seabed mapping data collected by research ships during decades of collaborative research in Antarctica can be compiled to help create large-scale maps of the seabed physical environment around South Georgia. Image from the British Antarctic Survey.

In an era where huge expanses of ocean are being designated as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), the importance of mapping the seabed to collect baseline data and monitor change is vital.

Global project to map ocean floor by 2030 gets underway

The Nippon Foundation this week announced that the Nippon Foundation-GEBCO (General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans) Seabed 2030 project is now under way.

Marine science to support the UN2030 Sustainable Development Goals

The European Marine Board (EMB), of which the NOC is a member, has released the 6th Forum Message.

NOC researchers pioneer observations of hurricane wind speeds from space with GPS

Researchers at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have developed a technique that, for the first time, uses reflected GPS signals from satellites orbiting the Earth to measure very high wind speeds and changes in near-surface ocean conditions during hurricanes.

Coral reefs may be at risk from Sanchi oil tanker contamination

Sanchi oil spill modelling - February 2018

Water polluted by the Sanchi oil tanker may reach coral reefs in the Ryukyu Island chain, according to the latest ocean model simulation by scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the University of Southampton, using the leading edge, high-resolution global ocean circulation model, NEMO.

NOC at Oceanology International 2018

The UK’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is returning to Oceanology International this year with two exhibition stands, as well as chairing and participating in a number of conference sessions.

NOC leads satellite altimetry into the coastal zone

A new reference book on satellite altimetry, one of the most successful ever techniques for monitoring the oceans and climate from space, highlights the NOC’s leading role in extending altimetry to the coastal zone, the domain where the effects of rising sea levels are most severely felt by society.

W•SENSE joins the NOC’s Marine Robotics Innovation Centre as a Strategic Partner

Pioneering underwater wireless networking and communications systems developer W•SENSE Ltd has joined the National Oceanography Centre’s (NOC) Marine Robotics Innovation Centre as a Strategic Partner.