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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There is no question that this has been a challenging year for all of us. The impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic reach far and wide, affecting all of us personally and professionally. The CLASS...
Post date: 2020-09-15 12:26
Author: Neil Fraser, SAMS
Slope currents are a typical feature of eastern ocean boundaries. A jet of water follows the steep topographic contours where the shallow continental shelf drops away...
Post date: 2020-09-08 14:27
My name is Sarah Cryer, I’m a second year PhD student at the University of Southampton & National Oceanography Centre, and I was very grateful to be awarded a CLASS fellowship in 2019. I applied...
Post date: 2020-05-19 16:20
My name is Lukas, I am 28 years old and after successfully completing an international Master´s degree in marine sciences, I started my PhD at the University of Portsmouth in October 2019. My main...
Post date: 2020-05-19 15:48

Hello, I am Hannelore Theetaert, a marine chemistry lab technician working in the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) in Ostend (Belgium) and having a B.Sc. in chemistry. In my job I am involved in...
Post date: 2020-05-05 08:37

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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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