CLASS - Climate Linked Atlantic Sector Science


CLASS will deliver the knowledge and understanding of the Atlantic Ocean system that society needs to make evidence-based decisions regarding ocean management. We aim to address key knowledge gaps in our understanding of ocean variability, climate regulation and ocean services, and to assess how the ocean will evolve as a result of climate change and intensified human exploitation.

CLASS will be delivered through an Atlantic focussed science programme, building on sustained ocean observation, world class model development and state of the art technology, delivered through Marine National Capability underpinning activities.



CLASS is a five-year project funded by the Natural Environment Research Council. The Project will be led by the National Oceanography Centre and is a collaboration with The Scottish Association for Marine Science, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Marine Biological Association, and the Sea Mammal Research Unit, which will run between April 2018 and 2023.

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Author: Allison Schaap, Ocean Technology & Engineering Group at NOC
I had the privilege of spending February and March on board Germany’s famous icebreaking research vessel Polarstern in the...
Post date: 2021-04-26 17:06
The CLASS mid-term report highlights some of the exciting research and outcomes from the first half of the project. Download now!
Post date: 2021-04-14 16:09
Author: Allison Schaap, Ocean Technology & Engineering Group at NOC
Work package 6 of the CLASS project revolves around the development and demonstration of new sensing systems for autonomous...
Post date: 2021-02-25 09:47
CLASS cruise DY116 to the Porcupine Abyssal Plain Sustained Observatory (PAP-SO) finally got underway at the beginning of November when the RRS Discovery set sail from Southampton. Originally...
Post date: 2020-11-20 15:05

A Round up of Discovery DY120 from the Chief Scientist, Stuart Cunningham, Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)
DY120 set out to complete work for the CLASS and UK OSNAP programmes, on a...
Post date: 2020-10-29 12:38

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Project Team

Prof Angela Hatton
Principal Investigator
National Oceanography Centre

Prof Russell Wynn
NPG & Policy Engagement
National Oceanography Centre

Dr Penny Holliday
Science Coordinator
National Oceanography Centre

Jen Thomas
Project Manager
National Oceanography Centre

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