Science and Research
Our planet is constantly changing and climate change poses a big threat to society.
Together with years of experience, innovative technology and some of the world’s leading scientists, we take on the challenge of understanding the complexity of our oceans, the Earth system and the biosphere.
The NOC is a pioneer of ocean technology – pushing the boundaries of endurance and capability every single time we make a deployment. Through decades of hard-won experience at the forefront of ocean measurement, the lessons we have learned are carried forward to generation after generation of ocean-going platforms and sensors.
Our Enduring Mission is to Make Sense of Changing Seas
The National Oceanography Centre has been in existence in its various forms for over six decades, is one of the largest charities in the UK, has an annual turnover of over £60 million, employs over 600 staff and is one of the few research organisations globally that has the equipment and expertise to operate at full ocean depth.
Big Science for Big Challenges
By 2025 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 the three big challenges.
The NOC Provides Facilities to the UK Marine Research Community
Advances in ocean science depend on measurements in the ocean. Satellite observations provide data for the surface layer of the ocean. To penetrate beyond the surface, scientists rely on in situ physical measurements from a range of platforms, including research ships, ocean observatories, moorings, and autonomous underwater and surface vehicles.More about Facilities
World leading innovative science and technology underpinning the ocean economy
The National Oceanography Centre is in a unique position of having world-leading multi-disciplinary scientific and technical expertise which can help unlock the economic and societal potential of the ocean across a range of industry sectors.Working with Business
In the Spotlight
Understanding the extent and implications of microplastic pollution on the health of marine ecosystems.
RRS James Cook Virtual Tour
Explore one of the world’s most advanced research vessels from the bridge to the engine room.
Funded by the UK government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, new innovative autonomous vehicles, sensors and software developed at the NOC push the boundaries of ocean exploration.
Free online course
'Addressing marine ecosystems and food security’ is a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) available via Future Learn.
19 January 2021
The Oceanography Society (TOS) has named members of the RAPID / MOCHA / WBTS 26ºN team as the inaugural recipients of the TOS Ocean Observing...
12 January 2021
A new citizen science project launched today is inviting the public to help recover data from historic tide gauge ledgers from the North West of...
8 December 2020
Royal Research Ship (RRS) Discovery departed Southampton today to measure one of the world’s largest system of ocean...
3 December 2020
Understanding the feeding habits of zooplankton has the potential to dramatically improve the ability of scientists to predict changes in ocean...
24 November 2020
The largest aggregation of fishes ever recorded in the abyssal deep sea was discovered by a team of oceanographers from the University of Hawai...
24 November 2020
This month marks the start of a new international collaboration to better understand the ultra deep-sea through innovative adaptation of sensors to...
Latest PublicationsSee all
Historical estimates of surface marine temperatures
Ecological variables for deep-ocean monitoring must include microbiota and meiofauna for effective conservation
Evidence of localised upwelling in Pemba Channel (Tanzania) during the southeast monsoon
Characteristics of shallow and mesophotic environments of the Pemba Channel, Tanzania: Implications for management and...