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Characterising the impacts of land-use change in the Belize coastal zone

On 29 October 2018, scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) began a multi-disciplinary program of fieldwork in Belize that aims to help characterise the impacts of changes in land-use management on coastal environments.

Marine robots could help improve forecasts of European weather in the future

On Saturday 20th October the Royal Research Ship (RRS) James Cook departed on an expedition during which a new automated system of collecting climate data will be trialed. If successful, the new technology could help improve long-range European weather forecasts in the future.

Research expedition begins to investigate deep-sea mineral deposits

RRS Discovery at sea

This week the Royal Research Ship (RRS) Discovery set sail to the Rio Grande Rise in the South Atlantic, 1400 km east of Brazil, to investigate cobalt-rich mineral deposits of interest to potential deep-sea mining. This expedition is part of the

Programme announced for the NOC Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase 2018

The full programme has been announced for the NOC Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase (MATS) 2018, taking place from 13-15 November at the NOC’s waterfront headquarters in Southampton.

UK's first Maritime Autonomy Regulation Lab

The autonomous and smart shipping industry is set to receive a boost, after the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Department of Transport (DfT), in collaboration with the National Oceanography Centre’s (NOC) Marine Robotics Innovation Centre, successfully secured £1million in a bid to accelerate the UK into a world-leading position in this area.

New Deepglider ocean robot successfully trialled off southwest UK

Deepglider being deployed from RRS James Cook

The NOC has recently purchased and trialled a new type of marine robot called a Deepglider. The vehicle will join the NMF-MARS glider fleet, and will allow the UK science community to collect water column data at depths of up to 6000m.

Registration opens for the NOC’s Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase 2018

MATS2018 photo montage

Registration is now open for the National Oceanography Centre’s (NOC) Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase (MATS) 2018, which will take place from 13–15 November at the waterfront site in Southampton.

Prestigious award for Captain Antonio Gatti

Captain Antonio Gatti, Master of the Royal Research Ship (RRS) Discovery, has today been awarded the prestigious Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service. This announcement, coinciding with Merchant Navy Day, rewards his exemplary service and devotion to duty over 33 years at sea.

NOC scientists discover potential oceanic triggers for strong El Niño events

A new understanding of the timing and development of strong El Niño events has resulted from recent research by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC). This pioneering work was enabled by new analysis of results from a very high-resolution global ocean model.

NOC helps develop new decision-making tool to help energy industry manage coastal impacts

A new decision-making tool to help the energy sector plan effectively for the future and mitigate the consequences of flooding and rising sea levels on their coastal facilities has been developed by a research team led by the University of Liverpool.