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Prof. Hill attended his first Oceanology International Exhibition in Brigthon as a research student at Bangor University’s Marine Science Laboratories. Photo courtesy NOCS

Oi 50th "Voices": Professor Edward Hill, OBE, Chief Executive, National Oceanography Centre

1999 for my first appointment directing research institutions – first as Director of the Natural Environment Research Council’s Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory and then moving on to head what was then the Southampton Oceanography Centre – transforming it into today’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and subsequently incorporating, in 2010, the former Proudman Laboratory in Liverpool.  I have attended Oi most years since being based in Southampton, and the NOC is a regular exhibitor. This year is a special one for us because it is our first as an independent research center

Recovery of Autosub 6000 following BioCam dive. Image: Sonardyne

Seabed Imaging Re-imagined

, under the Natural Environment Research Council’s OCEANIDS Marine Sensor Capital “BioCam” program, has gone a long way to resolving these challenges.During its first 24-hour deployment, a BioCam fitted to an Autosub6000 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), from the UK’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC), mapped more than 50 times the area of a football pitch at photographic resolution – a rate 40 times that of conventional high resolution imaging systems. By the end of this dive, it had already created the largest continuous visual map of the seafloor ever obtained in UK waters

Gullick to Lead NOC's Business Development Strategy

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) appointed Huw Gullick as Managing Director of NOC Innovations and Associate Director of Strategic Business Development starting in August 2020.NOC Innovations Ltd is the wholly owned commercial trading subsidiary of NOC, the purpose of which is to generate revenue to support the furtherance of the NOC’s charitable purposes. Huw will be a member of the NOC Executive Board, owner of our Business Development Strategy, and responsible for supporting and enabling diversifying and increasing NOC’s external income.“This is a really exciting appointment

Simplified graphic showing how seafloor currents create microplastics hotspots in the deep-sea. Image Courtesy NOCS

SCIENCE: Seafloor Microplastic Hotspots Controlled by Deep-sea Currents

using infra-red spectroscopy to determine the plastic types. Using this information the team were able to show how ocean currents controlled the distribution of microplastics on the seafloor.This research forms part of an international research project at the University of Manchester (UK), the National Oceanography Centre (UK), IFREMER (France) and the Universities of Bremen (Germany) and Durham (UK).This project is part of wider research by the Microplastics Research Group at the National Oceanography Center that aims to understand the extent and implications of microplastic pollution on the health of

AutoNaut now has 10 of its wave propelled vehicles.Image: AutoNaut

Drill Rig Noise: Entering the Exclusion Zone, Quietly

a month long, in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The longest mission to date has been 50 days in the mid-Pacific and one AutoNaut has operated in Force 10 on the Beaufort Scale, during the first Marine Autonomous Systems in Support of Marine Observations (MASSMO) mission, co-ordinated by the National Oceanography Centre and run off the Isle of Scilly and they regularly work in Force 6 and 7.  Projects the systems have worked on include science, civil, energy and defence for applications from fish tracking missions, anti-submarine warfare trials, metocean sensing and water quality monitoring to current

MBARI researchers head out into Monterey Bay to deploy a long-range autonomous underwater vehicle (LR-AUV), an underwater robot that is programmed at the surface and then travels underwater for hundreds of miles, measuring water chemistry and collecting water samples as it goes.  Credit: Brian Kieft (c) 2015 MBARI

MBARI Works at Unlocking Ocean Biology

.Dr. Jim Birch, director of MBARI’s SURF center, says it started with a group interest in microbial oceanography – the study of the smallest organisms in the ocean, including understanding how and why harmful algae blooms form. Dr Birch spoke about the work and its results at the National Oceanography Centre’s Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase (MATS) event in Southampton, late last year. The result is an Environmental Sample Processor (ESP), a compact robotic system that filters a water sample and then processes the biomass to create analysable samples.A long-range autonomous underwater

Obituary: Sir Anthony Laughton FRS

of 92.Sir Anthony, a distinguished leader of the post-war generation of marine geologists and ocean scientists, was Director and Chief Scientific Officer of the Institute of Ocean Sciences (IOS), one of the fore-runner organizations that merged to form the Southampton Oceanography Centre (now National Oceanography Centre Southampton). He was also among the group who planned the co-location of the University’s Geology and Oceanography Departments with government scientists to form one of the world’s leading oceanographic centres.The full obituary on the man and his career can be found here: 

The bespoke drill rig being lowered over the side of the RRS James Cook. The rig is designed to push the curved steel pipe into the seabed sediment. Image: Copyright STEMM-CCS Project

Increased Confidence in CO2 Storage

, to observe how the gas behaves in sediments and the water column above, and predict how far leaks may spread and what impacts they might have - but this time in as near to ‘real’ conditions as possible. During May this year, a research expedition set sail from the UK’s National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, aboard the RRS James Cook. Once on station, close to Shell’s Goldeneye platform approximately 100km off the coast of Scotland and in 120m water depth, the experiment began. A pipe was robotically inserted into the seabed - the first time such an experiment has been

Image Courtesy: National Oceanography Centre (UK)

MTR100: National Oceanography Centre (UK)

National Oceanography Centre (UK)Southampton, UKPresident/CEO: Ed Hill OBENo. of Employees: National Oceanography Center (NOC) is the UK’s leading institution for integrated coastal and deep ocean research. NOC undertakes and facilitates world-class, agenda-setting scientific research to understand the global ocean by solving challenging multidisciplinary, large scale, long-term marine science problems to underpin international and UK public policy, business and wider societal outcomes. At the Marine Robotics Innovation Center in Southampton, the NOC hosts a community of 28

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