From Coast to Deep Ocean – Making Sense of Changing Seas

The National Oceanography Centre is the United Kingdom’s centre of excellence for oceanographic sciences. We have a remit to provide national capability and leadership for big ocean science.

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Big Science for Big Challenges

By 2050 there will be nine billion people on Earth, with populations growing fastest in low lying coastal regions. We are increasingly turning to the oceans to address four big challenges:



Securing clean energy, minerals and other resources


Protecting people, property and infrastructure from natural disasters


Protecting the future productive capacity of the ocean’s ecosystems


Making sense of global scale environmental change and variability


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