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Posted: 28 May 2020
Huw Gullick The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Huw Gullick who joins us this August as Managing Director of NOC Innovations and Associate Director of Strategic Business Development.  NOC Innovations Ltd is the wholly owned commercial trading... Read more
Posted: 14 May 2020
A cold-water coral reef of Desmophyllum pertusum at ca. 750 m water depth. New research from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) shows that biodiversity and cold-water coral presence in deep-sea canyons are linked to elevated current speeds and canyon topography. The study also shows that excluding information about deep-sea currents and waves from predictive models... Read more
Posted: 1 May 2020
Simplified graphic showing how seafloor currents create microplastics hotspots in the deep-sea New research has revealed the highest levels of microplastic yet recorded on the seafloor, with up to 1.9 million pieces in an area of just one square metre. Published this week in the journal Science, this study shows how deep-sea currents act as conveyor belts, transporting tiny plastic... Read more
Posted: 21 April 2020
The giant amphipod, <span style="font-style: normal">Eurythenes</span> Studying samples that date back to 1985, NOC scientists have discovered that the key scavengers of the deep-sea floor have changed in a way that matches changes in surface ocean climate. The work has also discovered a new species in the giant amphipod genus Eurythenes. Published in the... Read more
Posted: 16 April 2020
Staff from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) are contributing to the nationwide effort to manufacture Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontline health workers. Staff from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) are contributing to the nationwide effort to manufacture Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontline health workers as part of a UK-wide drive to provide vital kit to help keep NHS and care home staff safe as they respond to the coronavirus... Read more
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