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Little hills have big effect on biodiversity

Foraminiferal species from the Porcupine Abyssal Plain, NE Atlantic (4850 m water depth).

NOC’s Autosub Long Range is Boaty McBoatface

Autosub Long Range

In March 2016 the Natural Environment Research Council launched a campaign to find a name for the UK’s next world-class polar research ship.

UK’s largest marine robot fleet defies storms to complete successful mission

 Submarine glider being recovered, accompanied by a rare Atlantic Wreckfish

The RRS Discovery visits Liverpool

RRS Discovery in Liverpool

The RRS Discovery is in Liverpool this week as part of a unique celebration of the best of British environmental science being showcased by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) alongside the National Oceanography Centre (NOC).

NOC and University of Liverpool renew working partnership agreement

Professor Janet Beer, Vice Chancellor of the University of Liverpool

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the University of Liverpool have renewed their formal working relationship with the signing of a new agreement on board RRS Discovery, which arrived in Liverpool on Tuesday morning for a series of public events.

Marine snow fuels life on the sea-floor

Autosub6000

City-sized maps of terrain and life on the sea-floor have revealed that drifts of ‘marine snow’ on submarine hillsides act as a source of food to fuel a higher biomass of marine life on the hills than on the flatter plains surrounding hills.

Europe collaborates to coordinate open ocean observatories

PAP Surface Buoy

European scientists are joining forces to better understand oceanic change, by coordinating ocean data acquisition, analysis and response on scales ranging from the provincial to the global.

UK’s largest marine robot mission is underway off northwest Scotland

Gliders on the launch vessel at SAMS prior to deployment on ‘Exploring Ocean Fronts’

An ambitious two-week mission involving ten marine robots has commenced off northwest Scotland. The third in a series of demonstrator missions, this latest phase sees the largest fleet of marine robotic vehicles simultaneously deployed in UK waters.

NOC hosts an international meeting to get the most from marine optical technologies

The TOMCAT team

Leading scientists from across the world travelled to NOC for the first TOMCAT working group meeting.

This group aims to take advantage of the fast development of optical technologies to help progress understanding of the ocean carbon cycle, which determines CO2 levels in the ocean and atmosphere, using large data sets describing particles in the ocean.

UK commitment to international science on greenhouse gasses

PAP site Met Office buoy

The UK has become the newest member of an international consortium supporting science on greenhouse gasses, through long-term research infrastructure.