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Posted: 3 April 2020
NOC’s historic observations of the glass sponge Pheronema carpenteri in the Porcupine Seabight, NE Atlantic. Top row: original observations from 1983/4 (epibenthic sledge camera system); middle row: as observed in 1991 (WASP camera system); bottom row: specimens recovered in 1991, now held in the Discovery Collections. Deep-sea sponges in the Porcupine Seabight (NE Atlantic), regarded as vulnerable marine ecosystems, appear to have declined dramatically in recent decades as a result of fishing, according to research published today. This work is based on a comparison of the abundance and distribution of... Read more
Posted: 3 April 2020
A CTD being deployed in the Southern Ocean The team on board RRS Discovery as part of the ORCHESTRA project recently completed 104 casts measuring conductivity, temperature and depth along three sides of the Scotia Sea and into the Weddell Sea, as well as the first hydrographic survey in the western arm of Cumberland Bay, South Georgia... Read more
Posted: 27 March 2020
The DELOS project is well matched with the NOC’s deep-ocean observation programme. The first documented seasonal migrations of fish across the deep-sea floor has been revealed in research published today, involving NOC authors. NOC scientist Dr Daniel Jones, co-author of the article, said: “Learning anything about the behaviour of deep-sea fish is difficult, but thanks... Read more
Posted: 25 March 2020
MATS2020 The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is calling for abstract submissions for the 2020 Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase (MATS 2020). Building upon the success of MATS 2019, this year’s event is scheduled to take place from Tuesday 10 November to Thursday 12 November at the NOC’s... Read more
Posted: 20 March 2020
Turbidity currents transport coastal microplastics from shelf to deep-sea. National Oceanography Centre (NOC) research has revealed for the first time how submarine sediment avalanches can transport microplastics from land into the deep ocean. The study also revealed that these flows are responsible for sorting different types of microplastics – burying some, and... Read more
Posted: 20 March 2020
Carbon budget The first large-scale synthesis of the carbon budget in the shallow seas of the North West European shelf estimates that around 40% of the carbon entering the seas comes from the atmosphere and the rest comes from the land. This finding is significant because it suggests that the NW... Read more
Posted: 20 March 2020
The National Oceanography Centre is (NOC) pleased to announce the appointment of Catherine Allen as Associate Director for Government International & Public Engagement. Catherine will join NOC in June and brings a huge range of experience both as a communicator and senior leader with a... Read more
Posted: 9 March 2020
On March 9 the Royal Research Ship (RRS) James Cook departed from Tenerife on an expedition to measure of one of the world’s largest system of ocean currents, the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC).These measurements are used to understand the natural variability of the ocean and... Read more
Posted: 19 February 2020
New research, published in Science, shows sinking organic particles known as “marine snow” are breaking apart at high rates in the ocean. While the cause of this breakage is still unknown, it appears to have an important effect on the carbon dioxide in our atmosphere and our oceans, which... Read more
Posted: 13 February 2020
Fast moving storms can cause catastrophic coastal flood hazards on the UK’s east coast. Fast moving storms can cause catastrophic coastal flood hazards on the UK’s east coast, according to new research by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC). Published in the journal Ocean Modelling, this research used computer programs to analyse the travelling speed of storm... Read more