The National Oceanography Centre works with other organisations to advance science and to explain the meaning and relevance of scientific knowledge and understanding of the ocean.
Learned and professional societies
Challenger Society for Marine Science
The NOC is a sponsor and supporter of the Challenger Society for Marine Science, the learned society (and a charity) for advancing the study of marine science through research and education.
Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology
The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) is the international professional body (and a charity) covering marine engineering, science and technology. A number of our scientists are members or fellows of the institute.
Society for Underwater Technology
NOC is a corporate member of the Society for Underwater Technology, a multidisciplinary learned society that brings together organisations and individuals with a common interest in underwater technology, ocean science and offshore engineering. Members of NOC staff serve on SUT Committees and Council.
UK Marine Science Co-ordination Committee
The NOC is an active member of the UK Marine Science Co-ordination Committee (MSCC) which brings together the marine science and evidence interests of multiple UK government departments, devolved administrations and public agencies. This enables marine science activities to be better coordinated nationally to avoid duplication of efforts and provides a means to engage with those in Government, Devolved Administrations and other Public Bodies on the latest research advances, to explain the importance research findings and to understand the science-based evidence needs. To assist this process, the NOC provides expertise into the MSCC secretariat.
National Partnership for Ocean Prediction
The National Partnership for Ocean Prediction (NPOP) is a collaborative programme between the NOC, the Met Office, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science. The scientific collaboration aims to provide an improved understanding and prediction of many aspects of the marine environment, including; fisheries, safety at sea, maritime operations, marine renewable energy, coastal flood warning, and the achievement and maintenance of good environmental status.
As part of this programme, scientists from the partner organisations develop and promote the application of world-leading marine products and services, with a focus on national and public benefit. This includes the integration of models, observations and scientific understanding to produce the best information, and advice about the marine environment. There will be a rigorous quality assurance and traceability of data, in addition to a focus on the needs of those who will use these services in order to maximise the social and economic benefits.
UK Natural Hazards Partnership
The NOC is a member of the Natural Hazards Partnership, which brings together expertise from across NERC to provide scientific advice to the UK Government’s Cabinet Office on preparation response and review of natural hazards including flooding, geological hazards, volcanic ash, weather and wildfires.