Ocean study centres set to combine

The oceans’ role in climate change, sea-level variations and the future of the Arctic Ocean will be the focus of some of the studies at a new UK marine science and technology research organisation.

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) will involve combining the Natural Environment Research Council Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory (POL) in Liverpool and the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOCS).

It is believed the new organisation will play a key role in providing the UK with the needs of the UK marine research community, including Royal Research Ships, deep submersibles and advanced ocean technologies.

The NOC will also be home to the global mean sea-level data archive, the UK’s sea-level monitoring system for flood warning and climate change, the national archive of subsea sediment cores and the British Oceanographic Data Centre.