National Oceanography Centre – Project mini sites

A full list of projects can be found at noc.ac.uk/projects

Projects hosted here:

  • ACCORD (Addressing Challenges of Coastal Communities through Ocean Research for Developing Economies) ACCORD will provide our international partners in eight countries with the scientific evidence and capability needed to ensure the sustainable growth, and resilience to shocks, of their ocean economies (so-called ‘Blue Economies’).
  • ALTERECO (An Alternative Framework to Assess Marine Ecosystem in Shelf Seas) AlterEco is developing and executing a novel monitoring framework to deliver improved understanding in time and space shelf sea ecosystem health and functioning.
  • ANCODE (Applying nature-based coastal defence to the world’s largest urban area – from science to practice) ANCODE aims to better understand the potential for re-introducing nature-based coastal defences, namely mangroves and oyster reefs.
  • ANDREX (Antarctic Deep Water Rates of Export) The ANDREX project seeks to assess the role of the Weddell gyre in driving the southern closure of the meridional overturning circulation, in ventilating the deep global ocean, and in sequestering carbon and nutrients in the global ocean abyss.
  • BLUEcoast (Physical and biological dynamic coastal processes and their role in coastal recovery) BLUEcoast aims to inform coastal management by reducing uncertainties in the prediction of medium-term (years) and long-term (decadal and longer) regional sediment budgets, morphological change and how the coast recovers after sequences of storms.
     
  • CASSIS (Coastal and Shelf Seas Instrumentation Services) CASSIS promotes and supports coastal and shelf seas science, by providing expert advice on instrumentation requirements and platform delivery methods to meet scientific objectives.
  • CLASS CLASS will deliver the knowledge and understanding of the Atlantic Ocean system that society needs to make evidence-based decisions regarding ocean management.
  • CME Programme Commonwealth Marine Economies (CME) Programme will help Commonwealth Small Island Developing States (SIDS) make the most of their natural maritime advantages, to enable sustainable economic growth and alleviate poverty.
  • CodeMAP (Complex Deep-sea Environments: Mapping habitat heterogeneity As Proxy for biodiversity) Complex Deep-sea Environments: Mapping habitat heterogeneity As Proxy for biodiversity (CODEMAP) searches for alternative methods to quantify deep-sea biodiversity.
  • COMICS COMICS is a four-year collaborative research project that aims to quantify the flow of carbon in the ocean's 'twilight' zone in order to more accurately model global climate change.
  • CORER (Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy Research) CORER unites academics, researchers and postgraduate students with ambition to produce novel and fundamental scientific research within the offshore renewable energy field and disseminate research to industry to reduce inherent risks and uncertainties in the offshore renewable energy sector.
  • C-RISE Coastal Risk Information Service C-­RISe will work with local partners to deliver a Coastal Risk Information service to South Africa, Mozambique and Madagascar, providing satellite-­derived information about sea level, wind and waves to support coastal vulnerability assessment and hazard management efforts.
     
  • DOO Deep-Ocean Observatories.
  • Drake-Passage Drake Passage has been the most comprehensively observed part of the Southern Ocean. It provides the link between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, and it constricts the Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC) to a narrow geographical region, making this the best place to measure the ACC's properties.
     
  • EcoWatt2050 The EcoWatt2050 consortium has been established through the auspices of the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS) and funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
  • The Extended Ellett Line The Extended Ellett Line is a project to measure and understand the ocean to the west of the UK. We are looking at how and why the currents, temperature and salinity have changed over the past few decades.
     
  • GASRIP Geomechanical Assessment of CO2 Storage Reservoir Integrity Post-closure.
  • GOCART Gauging ocean Organic Carbon fluxes using Autonomous Robotic Technologies.
  • Greenhouse Gases in the Earth System Educational outreach describing the role of key greenhouse gases in society and the Earth system, and the processes that govern their dynamics in the atmosphere, ocean and biosphere.
     
  • HOSTACE (Historical Ocean Surface Temperatures: Accuracy, Characterisation and Evaluation) We hope HOSTACE will improve our understanding of how the dramatic change in technology we have seen over the observational record has affected the consistency of the measured SSTs.
     
  • Indeep INDEEP is a global collaborative scientific network dedicated to the acquisition of data, synthesis of knowledge, and communication of findings on the biology and ecology of our global deep ocean, in order to inform its management and ensure its long-term health.
  • INSPIRE Interdisciplinary Southampton Partnership for Investigators Researching the Environment.
     
  • Landslide-Tsunami Consortium The consortium will run for four years from October 2012 and involves sea and land-based fieldwork, modelling studies and societal cost estimates.
  • LOCATE LOCATE will establish how much soil carbon is getting into rivers and estuaries.
     
  • MarineE-tech Minerals are essential for economic development, the functioning of society and maintaining our quality of life.
  • MARMOT An advanced software tool for the analysis and assessment of plankton ecosystem models.
  • MASSMO The field trials will provide a valuable insight into what happens at the shelf and its marine ecosystem, gather environmental data, plus feed back vital information on how the different USVs perform in preparation for future scientific applications.
  • Mideast Coral Reef Society Initiative The Mideast Coral Reef Society (MCRS) is an association of researchers and members of governmental, non-governmental, academic, industry and private sector organisations with an interest in a broad range of aspects of Middle Eastern reefs.
  • MerMEED MerMEED investigates the processes responsible for the widespread dissipation of oceanic mesoscale eddies at western boundaries.
  • MESO-CLIP (MESoscale Ocean eddies and CLImate Predictability)  Mesoscale ocean eddies are ubiquitous swirls of water in the world oceans. In the framework of MESO-CLIP we will investigate how strongly and on what timescales these eddies affect the variability and predictability of the ocean and of the atmosphere.
     
  • National Tidal and Sea Level Facility The National Tidal and Sea Level Facility (NTSLF) was established in 2002 to reflect the importance of national sea level monitoring to the public and government, as well as to the academic community.
     
  • OMAN Drilling Project A multi-national collaboration to explore ancient seafloor in the deserts of Oman.
  • ORCHESTRA Ocean Regulation of Climate by Heat and Carbon Sequestration and Transports.
  • OSRIS to identify NERC strategic research of current or potential benefit to the Royal Navy (RN) and Ministry of Defence (MoD) by carrying out a comprehensive review of past and current NERC activities involving satellite technologies, and, in discussion with the MoD to assess their relevance to MoD activities.
     
  • PAP The Porcupine Abyssal Plain Sustained Observatory (PAP-SO) is a sustained, multidisciplinary observatory in the North Atlantic coordinated by the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton.
     
  • SenseOCEAN SenseOCEAN draws together world leading marine sensor developers to create a highly integrated multifunction and cost-effective in situ marine biogeochemical sensor system.
  • Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity + Surface Ocean Salinity SMOS+SOS is a project funded under the ESA STSE (Support to Science Element) programme to demonstrate the performance and scientific value of SMOS Sea Surface Salinity (SSS) products through five well-defined case studies (CS).
  • SNOMS SNOMS is an innovative programme designed to quantify key ocean processes. It is a partnership between Swire and the NOC Southampton.
  • SOARC (Southern Ocean Argo Regional Centre) SOARC is an international collaboration of partner institutions with responsibility for validating all float data in the Southern Ocean through rigourous scrutiny, deriving Argo data products and helping to coordinate development of the Argo programme in the Southern Ocean.
  • SPITFIRE (Southampton Partnership for Innovative Training of Future Investigators Researching the Environment) SPITFIRE is a NERC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) creating an innovative multi-disciplinary experience for the effective training of future leaders in environmental science, engineering, technology development, business, and policy.
  • STEMM-CCS Strategies for Environmental Monitoring of Marine Carbon Capture and Storage.
     
  • TEA-COSI (The Environment of the Arctic: Climate, Ocean and Sea Ice) The project will deliver a substantial enhancement in our understanding of key Arctic ocean and sea ice processes and their impact on the Arctic and wider climate system, in both the present and future.
  • TERIFIC (Targeted Experiment to Reconcile Increased Freshwater with Increased Convection) The ocean Meridional Overturning Circulation (MOC) is responsible for poleward heat transport, and deep storage of heat and carbon. Climate models generally predict that a slowdown of the MOC will occur this century, with dramatic regional and global climate changes. Yet in 2015, convection returned, and was anomalously strong.
  • TICTOC (Transient tracer-based Investigation of Circulation and Thermal Ocean Change) TICTOC studies regional ocean heat content change and sea level rise using observations made from research ships and computer models of the ocean to understand where the ocean takes up heat from the atmosphere and how ocean currents transport and redistribute that heat.
     
  • UK-ICOS (UK-Integrated Carbon Observation System) ICOS (the Integrated Carbon Observation System) is a European Research Infrastructure (RI) identified as part of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) process.
  • UK-IOC The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission promotes international cooperation and coordination in research, services and capacity-building across the marine environment.
  • UK-OSNAP Improving understanding of the circulation and fluxes of the North Atlantic Subpolar Gyre.
  • UNCLOS The Marine Geoscience Group (UNCLOS) at the NOC led and provided technical advice to the UK Government for all four UK claims under Article 76; in respect of the Celtic Shelf, Hatton-Rockall area, Ascension Island, and the Falkland Islands and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.
  • Underwater Sound Forum The Underwater Sound Forum (USF) is a sub-group of the UK Government’s Marine Science Co-ordination Committee. The Forum is made up of representatives of the key stakeholders within the UK marine and maritime community (Government, academic, NGO and industry) that have an interest in how the UK manages the issue of underwater sound in the science, technology, policy and legal areas.
     
  • WAGES The aim of this NERC-funded project was to make direct measurement of the turbulent air-sea fluxes of CO2, sea-spray aerosol, sensible and latent heat and momentum in order to improve the parameterisation of these fluxes in terms of mean meteorological and sea-state variables.