coral reefs

Deep-sea biodiversity and coral reefs influenced by ‘hidden’ waves within the ocean

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 could lead to misjudgement of coral distributions.

Research expedition maps Scottish sea bed to study recovery of coral reef

Newly developed 3D imaging technology has allowed scientists to map an area of cold-water coral reefs off the coast of Scotland to see whether it has recovered since being declared a Marine Protected Area 16 years ago.

Robot-subs inform protection of English deep-sea corals

Image of rich cold-water coral reef in the Whittard Canyon area captured by the Isis ROV

A fleet of robotic submarines, based at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), head-quartered in Southampton, have been used to map vulnerable cold-water coral reefs in the deep ocean off southwest England.

Coral researcher recognised with prestigious award

Bleached corals (Porites sp.) in the Persian / Arabian Gulf (courtesy of Jörg Wiedenmann)

Research into a process that is threatening to wipe out coral reefs, by a scientist at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, has been recognised with a prestigious award worth 1.29 million euros.

Improving water quality can help save coral reefs

Coral bleaching under nutrient stress

Research from the University of Southampton and the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton has found that an imbalance of nutrients in reef waters can increase the bleaching susceptibility of reef corals.

New research finds increased growth responsible for colour changes in coral reefs

Montipora foliosa expressing purple chromoproteins in the growth margins (daylight image)

Research carried out at the National Oceanography, Southampton has provided new insight into the basic immune response and repair mechanisms of corals to disease and changing environmental conditions.