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Latest News and Events

NOC contributes to major new government report on future of the sea

Foresight Future of the Sea report, visit GOV UK to download
A major new report looking at the future of the sea, published by the Government Office for Science, sets out the opportunities available for the UK to capitalise on its existing strengths in research, technology and the diversity of ocean... Read More

ALR ‘Boaty’ completes first under-ice Antarctic mission

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... Read More

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

Red soft corals
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... Read More

Media opportunity to board the royal research ship James Cook

This is an opportunity to go on board the royal research ship (RRS) James Cook in Southampton on 19 December, before she departs for a six-week expedition to the Mid-Atlantic ridge where the 27 on-board scientists will spend Christmas. This expedition will conduct the first ever assessment of whether the mid-Atlantic ridge is a significant source of iron to the ocean.

Once this expedition completes, on 1February, the RRS James Cook will sail from Brazil to Cape Town as part of a project to better understand the role of the Southern Ocean in absorbing heat and human-made atmospheric CO2. Although the Southern Ocean occupies only around 20% of the total ocean area, it absorbs about three-quarters of the heat that is taken into the ocean, and approximately half of the CO2. This is because of its unique pattern of ocean circulation.

Join us for a tour of the RRS James Cook while she’s berthed in Southampton. This will include an opportunity to view conductivity depth and temperature sensors, which are widely considered to be the ‘work-horse’ of ocean monitoring. There will also be an opportunity to interview the scientists who are leading these two expeditions.

To book your place please contact Holly Peacock, Senior Communications Officer at the National Oceanography Centre, on or 02380596388.

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