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NOC publishes home-schooling resources

08 January 2021   The following has been compiled by the National Oceanography Centre as a resource for home-schooling. Every little helps as they say, so if you're looking for a little extra educational content, here are a few things which we....

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National Oceanography Centre launches mission to investigate giant iceberg

21 December 2020   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....

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NOC success in technology pitch battle

30 November 2020   The NOC’s Aidan Thorn, Marine Robotics Innovation Centre Manager, was crowned the winner in the Oil and Gas Technology Centre’s (OGTC) ‘Technology Pitch Battle’ this week. Aidan was invited by the OGTC to take part in the....

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Innovative NOC project wins funding to support Blue Economy and sustainable energy

25 November 2020   A new project being led by the National Oceanography Centre to develop a system to improve the efficiency of offshore renewable energy generation and help develop the Blue Economy has been awarded funding from Innovate UK’s Sustainable....

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BAE Systems joins the Marine Robotics Innovation Centre as an Affiliate Partner

24 November 2020   The NOC’s Marine Robotics Innovation Centre has announced that BAE Systems is joining its thriving technology development community as an Affiliate Partner. The NOC and BAE Systems have collaborated on a number of exciting Marine Autonomous Systems and....

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Iron from burning fossil fuels found in the Pacific Ocean

23 October 2020   New research published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week suggests that human-derived iron entering the ocean from burning fossil fuels could have an impact on the global climate, as well as marine....

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Chief Executive of National Oceanography Centre receives CBE

12 October 2020   The National Oceanography Centre’s Chief Executive, Prof Ed Hill, has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2020 list, published today, in recognition of his services to ocean and environmental sciences. Ed is a world-leading authority....

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Royal Research Ships resume scientific operations

29 September 2020   The Royal Research Ships James Cook and Discovery are resuming scientific research expeditions following the suspension of the marine facilities programme earlier in the year due to Covid-19. Both ships underwent scheduled refits over the summer which saw....

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Registration opens for the NOC’s Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase 2020

29 September 2020   Registration is now open for the National Oceanography Centre’s Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase (MATS) 2020, which will be held as a virtual event for the first time from 10–12 November. MATS 2020 will still feature a packed....

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Insights into the Arctic source of freshwater in the North Atlantic

18 September 2020   New research provides the first clear observational evidence of how salinity is linked between the Arctic and the North Atlantic. NOC scientist and lead author, Dr Cristian Florindo-Lopez, said "Ocean salinity plays an important role in....

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NOC leads marine community towards zero-carbon future

15 September 2020   An ambitious scoping project, led by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), has launched today to investigate how to move towards low or zero-carbon oceanographic research. The aim of the NZOC (Net Zero Oceanographic Capability) project (NE/V013068/1) is....

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National Oceanography Centre launches New Online Course

03 September 2020   A new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the National Oceanography Centre starts 5 October and is now open for registration. This free online course, Ocean Science in Action: Addressing Marine Ecosystems and Food Security in....

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New study estimates there is at least 10 times more plastic in the Atlantic than previously thought

19 August 2020   The mass of ‘invisible’ microplastics found in the upper waters of the Atlantic Ocean is approximately 12- 21 million tonnes, according to research published in the journal Nature Communications today. Significantly, this figure is only for three of....

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Monsoons help enhance the yield in East African fisheries

06 August 2020   New research reveals the importance of the Monsoon in how abundant small pelagic fish are in East Africa. Led by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and published today in the journal Nature Scientific Reports, this study....

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Arctic melt water leads to enhanced storms

28 July 2020   Freshwater in the ocean leads to extreme cold patches in the North Atlantic, which has major implications for weather over the surrounding land-masses. This is according to National Oceanography Centre (NOC) led research published in the Journal of....

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MATS 2020 to be held as a virtual conference

28 July 2020   This year’s Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase (MATS 2020) will be held as a virtual event, the delivery committee announced this week. In the light of the ongoing challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, the National Oceanography Centre....

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National Marine Facilities Technology Road Map published

30 June 2020   The National Oceanography Centre has this week published the National Marine Facilities (NMF) Technology Roadmap 2020-21, which outlines current capabilities and looks to the future of oceanographic science and the technology that will take us there. The NMF....

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New genus of giant single-celled organism found on Pacific seafloor named after Moana

24 June 2020   Two new genera and four new species of giant, single-celled xenophyophores (protozoans belonging to a group called the foraminifera) were discovered in the deep Pacific Ocean during a joint project between scientists at the National Oceanography Centre,....

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Fast-moving waterfalls in the deep sea

18 June 2020   New research led by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has discovered how fast-moving waterfalls under the sea control the shape and behaviour of submarine channels. These underwater channels are the offshore equivalents of rivers, but can be....

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New Lead for the NOC's Business Development Strategy

04 June 2020   The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Huw Gullick who joins in this August as Managing Director of NOC Innovations and Associate Director of Strategic Business Development. NOC Innovations Ltd is the....

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Expert Session Chairs Announced For MATS 2020

03 June 2020   Marine science, technology, and industry experts line up to host sessions at the NOC’s Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase 2020 (MATS 2020). The National Oceanography Centre this week announced the expert session chairs for this year’s Marine Autonomy....

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Seafloor microplastic hotspots controlled by deep-sea currents

01 May 2020   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....

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Home NOC appoints new Associate Director for Government, International and Public Engagement

26 March 2020   The National Oceanography Centre is (NOC) pleased to announce the appointment of Catherine Allen as Associate Director for Government International & Public Engagement. Catherine will join NOC in June and brings a huge range of experience both as....

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New insights into the transportation of microplastics across the deep seafloor

23 March 2020   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....

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Changes in ocean circulation cause largest freshening event in NE Atlantic in 120 years

30 January 2020   A change in the routing of fresh water coming from the Arctic has led to a remarkable reduction in salinity in the North Atlantic Ocean west of the UK, according to research published this week in Nature....

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New Antarctic crustacean species described after 82 years

06 January 2020   A spectacular new species of Antarctic deep-sea crustacean armed with spines, large claws and the raptorial mouthparts of a predator, has been described by National Oceanography Centre (NOC) taxonomists. The description of the species has been published in....

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Scientists spend Christmas in the Southern Ocean for climate research

26 November 2019   On December 2, National Oceanography Centre (NOC) scientists embarked on a research expedition that will see them spend Christmas and New Year sailing through remote waters in the Southern Ocean on board RRS Discovery. This is part of....

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Programme announced for the NOC Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase 2019

21 October 2019   The full programme has been announced for the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase (MATS) 2019, taking place from 12-14 November at the NOC waterfront site in Southampton. MATS 2019 promises to be the....

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Latest NOC autosub completes Loch Ness trials

20 August 2019   The latest Autosub Long Range (ALR) vehicles being developed by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have completed their first round of commissioning trials in the waters of Loch Ness, Scotland, marking a major milestone on their journey....

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Sonardyne’s SPRINT-Nav 700 selected for new under-ice AUV

10 April 2019   The UK’s centre of excellence for oceanographic sciences, the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), has selected high-performance hybrid navigation technology from Sonardyne International Ltd for the next generation of its Autosub autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), targeted for under-ice....

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