WP1 Future Science Need

WP1 Future Science Need

NERC’s primary objective is to maintain and enhance the UK’s world-leading position in the field of oceanographic research by creating a sustainable research infrastructure that meets the needs of the scientific community. Dr. Kate Hendry (University of Bristol) and Dr. Eleanor Frajka-Williams (NOC) are leading the Future Science Need work package that will: horizon scan for changes in scientific priorities, explore the capabilities that the science community will seek from the future large research infrastructure, and from a science perspective seek to understand the possible alignment of oceanographic research with commercial innovation objectives.



Engaging with the WP leads provides the opportunity to inform the decisions that will shape NERC’s future low carbon maritime research infrastructure, and on 27/01/2021 Dr. Kate Hendry and Dr. Eleanor Frajka-Williams hosted the first NZOC workshop, 'The 21st Century Marine Scientist - Delivering science in a net zero world' at which stakeholders had the opportunity to discuss the multiple science drivers that will help to shape future UK oceanographic research directions and infrastructure investment over the next 15 years, and how investment decisions may also be shaped in turn by the need for sustainability and a low carbon footprint. The workshop outcomes are now available in video format and you can provide online feedback using the Online Feedback Form.



Work Package Leads

Dr. Kate Hendry
Work Package Lead
Uni. Bristol

Dr. Eleanor Frajka-Williams
Work Package Deputy


The objectives for this WP are to: 

  1. Identify the science requirements for a future national oceanographic research capability (ideal case) using historic use data and stakeholder engagement. 
  2. Consider the interplay between international ocean observing (for all stakeholders / users) and national capability and its effect on future requirements. 
  3. Consider the impact that not having access to a large research ship would have on the delivery of science. 
  4. Horizon scan for changes in scientific priorities. 
  5. Explore what our future scientific priorities may be and the impact on the UK’s global positioning of reduced access to a large research ship. 
  6. From a science perspective, seek to identify possible alignment of oceanographic research with research, development and innovation objectives.