currents and waves

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.

New study to predict future shape of coastline

An ADCP frame will be used to measure turbulence and sediment transport

A new experiment is under way that will help forecast the shape of the Dutch coastline under changing climate conditions, involving scientists and engineers from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC).