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 in the Western Indian Ocean’ is a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) starting 5 Oct 2020.
New study estimates there is at least ten times more plastic in the Atlantic than previously thought
The mass of ‘invisible’ microplastics found in the upper waters of the Atlantic Ocean is approximately 12–21 million tonnes.
23 October 2020
New research published in PNAS this week suggests that human-derived iron entering the ocean from burning fossil fuels could have an impact on the...
22 October 2020
Research published by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) this week in Environmental Pollution shows that wastewater treatment processes remove 99...
22 October 2020
Two NOC scientists are to receive awards from The European Geosciences Union (EGU) it was announced this week. These individuals are honoured for...
10 October 2020
The National Oceanography Centre’s Chief Executive, Prof Ed Hill, has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2020 list,...
9 October 2020
On 8 October RRS Discovery sailed from Southampton to the Iceland Basin and Rockall Trough, as part of a research expedition aimed at...
5 October 2020
NOC scientists have joined forces with ocean experts from Europe, Brazil, South Africa, Canada and the USA to map and assess the current and future...
This year’s Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase (MATS 2020) will be held as a virtual event for the first time, taking place on 10–12 November.
In the light of the ongoing challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, the National Oceanography Centre has taken the decision to deliver the event as an online conference for the first time. The approach has been strongly supported by the industry and academic advisors who sit on the event delivery committee.
Latest PublicationsSee all
Quantifying processes contributing to coastal hazards to inform coastal climate resilience assessments, demonstrated for the...
Terrain-aided navigation for long-range AUVs in dynamic under-mapped environments
Comparing water level estimation in coastal and shelf seas from satellite altimetry and numerical models
Improved and extended tide gauge records for the British Isles leading to more consistent estimates of sea level rise and...