NOC at the Bluedot Festival

Plankton Poo Pinball

Scientists and engineers from the National Oceanography Centre are bringing ocean robots and plankton poo games to this years Bluedot Festival, situated at the Jodrell Bank Observatory, Cheshire.

Future changes in global tides will change flood risk and tidal energy decisions

The first comprehensive study of the impact of global sea-level rise on tides has implications for future coastal flood risk, harbour management, and the long term planning of tidal energy sites.

New technology for remotely mapping beaches

Shells on a beach

Science and industry will now be able to map beaches and sandbanks without getting any feet wet. This follows three years of collaborative research resulting in a new commercial licence between National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and Marlan Maritime Technologies to sell new coastal mapping technology.

Sand-engine to protect against coastal erosion


The UK’s first investigation into the use of beach widening to reduce coastal flooding and erosion is being led by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in partnership with the University of Liverpool.

Highest tides for 18.6 years

‘Supermoon’ seen from Canary Wharf 2014

Many places along the UK coastline will experience the highest tide for 18.6 years between the 19th and 30th of September, as a result of the co-incidence of a series of astronomical factors. Watch a video of Professor Kevin Horsburgh explaining this using a football and a tennis ball.

Historic tide gauge data to shed light on ancient tsunamis

UKHO Tide gauge at Gibraltar (in operation until 2000), similar in operation to the gauge at Malta

By restoring historic tide gauge data from Malta and making it available to the public, researchers at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the UKHO hope to shed new light on past tsunamis and climate change in the Mediterranean.

NOC wins contract to improve UK flood warning system

Engineers carrying out tide gauge repairs

Engineers from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have been repairing and upgrading key instruments of the UK’s coastal flood warning system ahead of the winter, after winning a new contract from the Environment Agency.

Tide times vital for marathon swim

Chris Shaw

NOC is supporting an ultra-marathon swim of 50km to raise funds for a Wirral mental health charity.

Chris Shaw, the CEO of Advocacy in Wirral Health is planning to swim 50km from the East coast of Wirral to Colwyn Bay and Hilbre Island this summer to raise awareness and funds for APEx, Advocating Physical EXercise.

Storm surge hits UK Coastline

A storm surge on 3 Jan 2014 in the Irish Sea (similar to the recent one on 5 December 2013) raised the sea surface above the astronomical tide level by 0.75 metres to 1 metre over a large area.