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Posted: 22 January 2021
John Siddorn, NOC Associate Director of Digital Ocean

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is a global leader in ocean understanding and has now committed to making sense of the seas through its digital expertise, sharing intelligence with others on how...

Posted: 21 January 2021
Delivering impact to the next generation at Winchester Science Centre Big Bang Event (February 2020). [cc] Scientists pointing and describing colourful models of the ocean, as they spin and move on a 3D globe, to a busy room of school children.

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has been hailed as making ‘a vital contribution to the UK’s leading position in environmental science’ in a recent independent evaluation of its work.

In a report released this...

Posted: 21 January 2021
In the present-day, the cold-water coral reefs of the Mediterranean are mainly formed by the species Madrepora oculata and partly Desmophyllum pertusum / Cabliers reef - SHAKE Cruise.

A new study from the Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM-CSIC, Spain) and the National Oceanography Centre...

Posted: 19 January 2021
RAPID project team onboard RRS Discovery

The Oceanography Society (TOS) has named members of the RAPID / MOCHA / WBTS 26ºN team as the inaugural recipients of the TOS Ocean Observing Team Award.

This award recognises innovation and excellence in...

Posted: 12 January 2021
Hilbre Island old lifeboat station, UK

A new citizen science project launched today is inviting the public to help recover data from historic tide gauge ledgers from the North West of England and convert it into...

Posted: 16 December 2020
A submarine glider in Antarctic waters

A research mission to determine the impact of the giant A-68a iceberg on one of the world’s most important ecosystems gets underway next month.  A team of scientists, led by British Antarctic Survey (BAS), will set sail on one of the National...

Posted: 8 December 2020
RAPID research expedition on RRS Discovery December 2020

Royal Research Ship (RRS) Discovery departed Southampton today to measure one of the world’s largest system of ocean currents, the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC). 

Posted: 3 December 2020
marine copepods (pictured) are frequently associated with sinking particles of detritus in the ocean. Scale bar ≈ 1mm.

Understanding the feeding habits of zooplankton has the potential to dramatically improve the ability of scientists to predict changes in ocean carbon storage and our future climate, a new study has found


Posted: 24 November 2020
Cutthroat eels (Ilyophis arx, Family Synaphobranchidae) swarming at a small bait package deployed on the summit of an unnamed abyssal seamount in the southwestern Clarion Clipperton Zone at a depth of 3083 m.

The largest aggregation of fishes ever recorded in the abyssal deep sea was discovered by a team of oceanographers from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UH, USA), Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI, USA) and the National Oceanography Centre (NOC, UK). Their findings...

Posted: 24 November 2020
Dr Allison Schaap prepares sensors for pressure testing

This month marks the start of a new international collaboration to better understand the ultra deep-sea through innovative adaptation of sensors to withstand the crushing pressures at depths of down to 11,000 metres.

Funded through the NERC...