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Marine robots detect whales in the deep ocean

A fleet of pioneering marine robots, built and operated by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and its partners, has successfully detected whales and porpoises and recorded the sounds they make in a survey of the deep ocean off northern Scotland.

The planet’s largest landslides happen on submarine volcanoes

Large volume submarine landslides, triggered by the inception and growth of submarine volcanoes, represent among the largest mass movements of sediment on Earth’s surface.

New carbon dioxide detector developed for unmanned ocean vessels

Autonaut in rough seas

Carbon dioxide in remote parts of the world’s oceans will be measured by a new instrument being developed by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC).

Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase 2017 hailed a success

MATS2017 speakers

Last week saw the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) host its third Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase (MATS) at the Southampton waterfront site.

The three-day event included 50 keynote and technical presentations describing the latest developments in marine robotic technology, and provided an effective forum for networking and discussion between delegates.

£19 million government investment in NOC technology announced

The government this week announced an investment of over £19 million into NOC platforms and sensor development through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF).

Update: changes in the ownership and governance of the National Oceanography Centre

On Friday 27 October, the Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation agreed that plans for the NOC to become an independent research institute, should move into preparation phase.

Creepy Creatures

Fangtooth fish

Since it is the season for all things creepy, NOC scientist Dr Tammy Horton has had a rummage through the Discovery Collections to find some suitably ghoulish marine specimens to share with you.

Line-up announced for 2017 Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase

Autosub Long Range

The NOC has announced the line-up for this year’s Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase (MATS), which will run from 13–18 November at the waterfront site in Southampton.

Computer models to help inform Pearl Delta planning

Today the NOC announced its involvement in a new, internationally collaborative project that will inform planning for the Pearl River Delta in China by combining measurements of salt in estuarine waters with computer modelling.

New research shows underwater rivers are more powerful and long-lasting than first thought

A team of scientists has discovered that sediment avalanches occurring deep under the ocean are far more frequent and long-lasting than previously thought.