Science and Research
Our planet is constantly changing and climate change poses a big threat to society.
With years of experience, innovative technology and some of the world’s leading scientists, we take on the challenge of understanding the complexity of our oceans, the Earth system and biosphere.
The NOC is a pioneer of ocean technology – pushing the boundaries of endurance and capability with every deployment. Through decades of hard-won experience at the forefront of ocean measurement, the lessons learned carry forward to each generation of ocean-going platforms and sensors.
Impact Report 2020
We know the ocean is critical to life on earth, yet we are facing a dramatic decline in ocean health, with human activity affecting sea levels, temperature and the millions of species that call the ocean home. Our ambition is to make a positive impact, drive change and bring public benefit in all we do.
Our enduring mission is to ‘Make Sense of Changing Seas’
The National Oceanography Centre, existing in its various forms for over six decades, is one of the largest charities in the UK with an annual turnover of over ￡60 million and employs over 600 staff. It is one of the few research organisations globally that has the equipment and expertise to operate at full ocean depth.
We make sense of the changing seas, on which future human prosperity and wellbeing depend.
Under the Surface
Discover the Big Science we’re undertaking to meet the Big Challenges facing the ocean. Find out about the research and innovation that can protect our ocean, planet and people.
The NOC provides Facilities to the UK Marine Research Community
Advances in ocean science depend on measurements in the ocean. Satellite observations provide data for the surface layer of the ocean. To penetrate beyond the surface, scientists rely on in situ physical measurements from a range of platforms, including research ships, ocean observatories, moorings, and autonomous underwater and surface vehicles.More about Facilities
World-leading innovative Science and Technology underpinning the Ocean Economy
The National Oceanography Centre is in a unique position of having world-leading multi-disciplinary scientific and technical expertise which can help unlock the economic and societal potential of the ocean across a range of industry sectors.Working with Business
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In the Spotlight
Understanding the extent and implications of microplastic pollution on marine ecosystems health.
RRS James Cook Virtual Tour
Explore one of the world’s most advanced research vessels from bridge to engine room.
Our new innovative autonomous vehicles, sensors and software push the boundaries of ocean exploration (UK Govt. – Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund).
‘Addressing marine ecosystems and food security’
A free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) available via Future Learn.
3 September 2021
Climate change researchers around the world are being encouraged to create videos addressing their environmental concerns and potential solutions...
3 September 2021
On Friday 6th August 2021 the National Oceanography’s Microplastics Team visited the Winchester Science Centre to take part in their...
23 August 2021
The UK’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is working alongside eleven principal scientists, political bodies and NGOs concerned with seagrass...
18 August 2021
A new study has discovered that the Transpolar Drift, a strong surface current in the Arctic Ocean, is more variable than was previously known. With...
16 August 2021
Scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have contributed to The Met Office’s annual report ‘The State of UK Climate...
6 August 2021
The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is working in partnership with a consortium of internationally renowned universities and research institutes...
Latest PublicationsSee all Publications
Calibration of a frontal ablation parameterisation applied to Greenland's peripheral calving glaciers
Coastal trapped waves and other subinertial variability along the Southeast Greenland coast in a realistic numerical...
Natural variability in air–sea gas transfer efficiency of CO2
Marine robots for coastal ocean research in the Western Indian Ocean