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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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Research expedition begins to investigate deep-sea mineral deposits

22 October 2018   This week the Royal Research Ship (RRS) Discoveryset sail to the Rio Grande Rise in the South Atlantic, 1400 km east of Brazil, to investigate cobalt-rich mineral deposits of interest to potential deep-sea mining. This expedition will use robotic vehicles, moored....

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Smart boulders measure fast and powerful seafloor avalanches

08 October 2018   Robotic sensors disguised as boulders, or ‘smart boulders’, have been used to measure the initiation and evolution of huge seafloor avalanches for the first time, revealing some surprising findings that will help inform where best to lay....

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ALR ‘Boaty’ completes first under-ice Antarctic mission

14 March 2018   The National Oceanography Centre’s (NOC) autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Autosub Long Range (ALR), known affectionately around the world as ‘Boaty McBoatface’, was successfully recovered last week following its first under-ice mission beneath the Filchner Ice Shelf in....

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New insights into biodiversity hotspots could help protect them from potential deep-sea mining

08 March 2018   New insights into animal patterns around extinct submarine volcanoes could inform measures used to protect marine ecosystems from human activities, such as trawling and deep-sea mining. These insights have been published today in Nature Scientific Reports, and....

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NOC at Oceanology International 2018

06 February 2018   The UK’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is returning to Oceanology International this year with two exhibition stands, as well as chairing and participating in a number of conference sessions. With its most extensive presence at the show....

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Marine robots detect whales in the deep ocean

19 December 2017   A fleet of pioneering marine robots, built and operated by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and its partners, has successfully detected whales and porpoises and recorded the sounds they make in a survey of the deep ocean....

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The planet’s largest landslides happen on submarine volcanoes

11 December 2017   Large volume submarine landslides, triggered by the inception and growth of submarine volcanos, represent among the largest mass movements of sediment on Earth’s surface. This is according to research published today in Nature Communications by scientists at....

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£19 million government investment in NOC technology announced

10 November 2017   The government this week announced an investment of over £19 million into NOC platforms and sensor development through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF). The investment in marine robotics, which is known as the ‘Oceanids’ programme, will see....

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Line-up announced for 2017 Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase

26 October 2017   The UK’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has announced the line-up for this year’s Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase (MATS) which will run from 13-18 November at the NOC’s waterfront site in Southampton. Marine Autonomy is a transformative technology....

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Major European grant using autonomous technology awarded to NOC Scientist

06 September 2017   NOC oceanographer Dr Stephanie Henson has been awarded a major research grant from the European Research Council (ERC). GOCART (Gauging Ocean organic Carbon fluxes using Autonomous Robotic Technologies) is an ambitious 5-year project that will use autonomous....

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Award for NOC partner company Marlan Maritime Technologies

24 July 2017   NOC business partner Marlan Maritime Technologies has won the prestigious Merseyside Innovation Award. Liverpool-based Marlan Maritime Technologies create bespoke solutions for port and coastal vessel traffic management using a combination of radar and video camera remote sensing techniques.....

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UK scientists to explore Changing Arctic Ocean to measure climate change threat

03 July 2017   A new £10 million research programme to investigate how the Arctic Ocean is changing kicks off today with its first research expedition to the Barents Sea. Over 20 researchers from 16 UK research institutes join forces to....

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Renewables' deep-sea mining conundrum

18 April 2017   British scientists exploring an underwater mountain in the Atlantic Ocean have discovered a treasure trove of rare minerals. Their investigation of a seamount more than 500km (300 miles) from the Canary Islands has revealed a crust of "astonishingly....

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International collaborative expedition to shed lights on microplastics and ocean carbon

13 April 2017   On Friday the 14th of April the RRS Discovery will leave Southampton for a research expedition to the Northeast Atlantic. This expedition aims to answer some fundamental questions about the distribution, fate and effects of microplastic pollution,....

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Could ocean robots help decide if oil-rigs could become reefs?

06 April 2017   Today at Ocean Business, a project has been launched that aims to develop a guide for using ocean-robots to assess the impact of decommissioned oil structures on marine life. This National Oceanography Centre (NOC)-led, joint science-industry project....

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Zooplankton behaviour helps solve a carbon cycle mystery

29 March 2017   A key piece of the carbon cycle puzzle has been solved by scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), with the discovery of the mechanism underpinning more efficient carbon transfer in low oxygen zones. This research, published....

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