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 six-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 2024.

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The latest CLASS supported cruise was an expedition to the Porcupine Abyssal Plain Sustained Observatory (PAP-SO) in the Northeast Atlantic Ocean. This is a continuation of a long-term time-series of...
Post date: 2022-06-06 10:59
Hello, I am Olmo Miguez-Salas, a Humboldt postdoctoral fellow working in the Senckenberg Institute in Frankfurt (Germany). My research involves ichnological analysis of marine sediments; in other...
Post date: 2022-05-26 09:45
The UK Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP) have recently published a paper on the key challenges and emerging issues facing the UK marine climate change community.
Identifying key...
Post date: 2022-03-07 16:57
Author: Andrew Yool, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
Alongside the programme of fieldwork being undertaken as part of the CLASS project, modelling scientists at NOC are also using...
Post date: 2021-09-02 08:37
Author: Alex Megann, National Oceanography Centre
For about ten years NOC has collaborated closely with the Met Office under the Joint Marine Modelling programme (JMMP), which forms part of the Joint...
Post date: 2021-08-06 14:45

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Project Team

Prof Angela Hatton
Principal Investigator
National Oceanography Centre

Jen Thomas
Project Manager
National Oceanography Centre

Dr Penny Holliday
Science Coordinator
National Oceanography Centre

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