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.
NOC Annual Report and Finances 2020–2021
This is our second annual report, but this last year has been anything but routine. The new NOC is taking shape, with strong governance established and new funding streams being developed. The charity is stable and well, despite the challenges of COVID-19.View the NOC Annual Report and Finances 2020–2021
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
A gift allows you to have a direct impact on world leading ocean research and innovationMore about giving
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.
Boaty McBoatface returns to Plymouth to monitor impacts on UK’s coastal ecosystems14 June 2022
Engineers and scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have successfully recovered the renowned state-of-the-art underwater robot,...
New study reveals ‘leaky’ deep ocean may store less carbon13 June 2022
A study by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has shown that carbon storage in the deep ocean may be considerably less permanent...
NOC host ‘The Future of the Ocean’ event to celebrate World Oceans Day10 June 2022
To mark this year’s World Oceans Day on 8 June, the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) hosted an evening of networking and knowledge sharing at...
Ocean Decade endorses three new NOC-led Actions10 June 2022
The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is proud to announce three projects, exploring global ocean impacts on society and climate, have been endorsed...
Empowering women in deep-sea research27 May 2022
The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) recently signed a Letter of Cooperation with the UN International Seabed Authority (ISA) to support...
New analysis of the subpolar North Atlantic reveals an increasingly strong role for the ocean in unusual year to year temperature changes18 May 2022
A ground-breaking study by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) published today (Wednesday 18 May) in Nature Communications Earth and...
Latest PublicationsSee all Publications
Kinetic energy transfers between mesoscale and submesoscale motions in the open ocean’s upper layers
The International Bathymetric Chart of the Southern Ocean Version 2 (IBCSO v2)
Late Quaternary mud‐dominated, basin‐floor sedimentation of the Gulf of Corinth, Greece: implications...
Ship-based estimates of momentum transfer coefficient over sea ice and recommendations for its parameterization