Net Zero Oceanographic Capability (NZOC)
NZOC (Net Zero Oceanographic Capability) is a £250k scoping project funded by NERC to inform planning for the future low carbon oceanographic research capability in line with UKRI’s objectives of becoming a net zero organisation by 2040. NOC’s National Marine Facilities (NMF) division has been selected to lead a team of national experts investigating the drivers and enablers of future oceanographic research.
The project includes 6 work packages investigating future:
- Science need WP Lead: Dr. Kate Hendry, WP Deputy: Dr. Eleanor Frajka-Williams
- Policy & regulation WP Lead: Prof. Steve Fletcher, WP Deputy:Kara Chadwick
- Ship technologies WP Lead: Colin Day , WP Deputy:Andy Tate
- Marine Autonomous Systems (MAS) WP Lead: Dr. Maaten Furlong , WP Deputy: Prof. Sara Bernardini
- Sensor systems & networks WP Lead: Prof. Matt Mowlem , WP Deputy: Dr. James Fishwick
- Data ecosystems WP Lead: Dr. John Siddorn , WP Deputy: Alvaro Lorenzo
The project welcomes interest from UK and international academic and industry players who wish to contribute to the recommendations that will inform NERC’s strategic planning.
The replacement of a modern research ship is normally a decade-long process. However, the advances in technology are opening up opportunities which require a genuinely strategic view to be taken regards the UK’s next generation of oceanographic research infrastructure. The 20th century paradigm must give way to a low-carbon system and that shift must consider the science and policy needs alongside the technological opportunities.
Listen to Principal Investigator Leigh Storey on the SUT Technology Podcast
WP1 Future Science Need27/01/2021 - 09:30
WP2 Future Policy and Regulation18/02/2021 - 09:30
WP3 Future Ship Technologies11/03/2021 - 09:30
WP4 Future Marine Autonomous Systems, WP5 Future Sensor Systems and Networks18/03/2021 - 09:30
WP6 Future Data Ecosystems22/04/2021 - 09:00