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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DY120 set out to complete work for the CLASS and UK OSNAP programmes, on a cruise that had been delayed from its original August 2020 dates because of the covid-19 restrictions. We had factored in...
Post date: 2020-10-29 12:38
Author: Rachel Astell, RRS Discovery
So, I was asked “what is it like working on board a research ship from a crew’s perspective?”
Well, from a completely biased opinion, to put it plainly and simply...
Post date: 2020-10-28 09:36
Author: Lewis Drysdale (SAMS)
Who is responsible for the successes across the UK OSNAP program? Surely it must be the principal investigators and chief scientists who write the annual reviews,...
Post date: 2020-10-26 15:40
Author: Sam Jones, SAMS
We often think of the world’s oceans as discrete systems, operating independently from one another. In fact, they are so deeply interconnected it is more appropriate to think...
Post date: 2020-10-21 11:38
Author: Saz Reed, SAMS
Mobilisation. Mobilisation is the loading of the ship, getting everything unpacked and set up.
What does that even mean? People do not talk about it or show photos of it, but...
Post date: 2020-10-08 08:07

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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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