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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.

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

A project has ‘kicked-off’ in London that will create artificial storms to help predict worst-case scenarios for coastal flooding. Using computer models to make real storms more extreme, this National Oceanography Centre (NOC) led project will help inform the planning of coastal defences and emergency response.

Long-term impacts of deep-sea mineral mining

This seafloor image (approx. 50cm across) in the abyssal Pacific shows nodules and a large deep-water prawn (Bathystylodactyloidea)

A new international study has demonstrated that deep-sea nodule mining will cause long-lasting damage to deep-sea life.

Steatite formally partners with NOC Marine Robotics Innovation Centre

Autosub Long Range

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

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.