Net Zero Oceanographic Capability

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:

  1. Science need WP Lead: Dr. Kate Hendry, WP Deputy: Dr. Eleanor Frajka-Williams
  2. Policy & regulation WP Lead: Prof. Steve Fletcher, WP Deputy:Kara Chadwick
  3. Ship technologies WP Lead: Colin Day , WP Deputy:Andy Tate
  4. Marine Autonomous Systems (MAS) WP Lead: Dr. Maaten Furlong , WP Deputy: Prof. Sara Bernardini
  5. Sensor systems & networks WP Lead: Prof. Matt Mowlem , WP Deputy: Dr. James Fishwick
  6. 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.

Leigh Storey, NOC Associate Director National Marine Facilities and NZOC Principal Investigator


Listen to Principal Investigator Leigh Storey on the SUT Technology Podcast