Technology Development

Technology Development

Scientists and engineers at the NOC are continuously working on the development of new and innovative technologies to aid in the advancement of scientific research undertaken in the most extreme environments. With a wealth of experience and over 20 years of design and development history, the NOC is leading the way in the advancement of marine technologies.

A great amount of care and time is spent creating designs, prototyping, developing and testing new vehicles and sensors that will be able to endure oceanic conditions.

Depending on the application, our technologies must withstand a wide variety of environmental conditions including, crushing pressures, cold temperatures and the varying weather conditions of the oceans. This equipment must provide the scientific community with reliable and repeatable data to assist in answering the big science questions. With deployments varying from hours to decades, one of the challenges our engineers face is the endurance and durability of the equipment.

Technology developed at the NOC ranges from sensors the size of a fingernail that are able to measure chemical parameters in the ocean, to large deep-submergence platforms able to carry a multitude of instruments and sensors and, capable of making measurements from the surface to the depths of the ocean.

As a leading centre for oceanographic research, our new technologies are enabling us to travel past the boundaries of conventional measurement techniques in order to explore and understand the most remote regions on our planet.

Oceanids NERC Capital Programme

To ensure the UK remains at the forefront of global marine science and technology innovation, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has made a £10m investment in the NOC to develop the next generation of Marine Autonomous Systems

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