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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The RRS James Cook departed from Fort Lauderdale (Florida, USA) to Tenerife (Spain) in the early morning of the 19th of January 2020. With it, the JC191 expedition began its goal of completing a full...
Post date: 2020-01-24 16:14
On the 25th of September, early in the morning, HyBIS completed her last dive at the Darwin Mounds. Later on, the Autosub6000 was recovered after a 24-hour survey. After completing some further CTD...
Post date: 2019-10-01 09:18
We know that the Darwin Mounds are a unique and diverse place, but the site is large, and there are still areas that we know very little about. One of these areas explored during our expedition is...
Post date: 2019-09-24 09:51
As we mentioned in our previous post, the Autosub6000 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV for short) was launched from the RRS Discovery to map the seafloor. What you may not know is that this survey...
Post date: 2019-09-23 11:06
After the success with our first AutoSUB6000 survey around the Darwin Mounds, the AUV was deployed for the second time and our team of scientists from the sister project BioCAM are extremely excited...
Post date: 2019-09-19 20:33

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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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