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.
Under the Surface
Take a closer look at what lies beneath the waves and the effect the ocean has on people and the planet.
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
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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.
5 March 2021
The organisers of Ocean Business have announced the event has been rescheduled from July to October 2021. The ocean technology exhibition and...
1 March 2021
Scientists have created a set of unique guidelines for image-based species identification to improve biodiversity data collection. Led by Dr Tammy...
18 February 2021
The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is calling for abstract submissions for this year’s Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase (MATS 2021)...
12 February 2021
New research shows that hurricane intensity in the subtropical Atlantic around Bermuda has more than doubled over the last 60 years due to rising...
5 February 2021
The UK Marine Science Co-ordination Committee (MSCC), of which the NOC is a member, has this week highlighted the importance of the ocean and climate...
2 February 2021
The ship's crew and NOC researchers on board RRS James Cook were joined by scientists from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) this week as their...
Latest PublicationsSee all
1996–2017 GPS position time series, velocities and quality measures for the CORS Network
Reflections on Earth surface research
Wind, convection and fetch dependence of gas transfer velocity in an Arctic sea‐ice lead determined from eddy...
Wind-driven oscillations in meridional overturning circulations near the equator. Part II: idealized simulations