We make sense of the changing seas, on which future human prosperity and wellbeing depend

Vision, Mission, Goals and Values

NOC at COP26

The COP26 summit, running from 31 October – 12 November 2021, will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. We’ve created a handy page where you'll be able to see key NOC messages, key COP events that will be attended by the NOC and recent NOC News stories relating to COP themes.

Our enduring mission is to ‘Make Sense of Changing Seas’

The National Oceanography Centre, existing in its various forms for over six decades, is one of the largest charities in the UK with an annual turnover of over £60 million and employs over 600 staff. It is one of the few research organisations globally that has the equipment and expertise to operate at full ocean depth.

We make sense of the changing seas, on which future human prosperity and wellbeing depend.

The NOC provides Facilities to the UK Marine Research Community

Advances in ocean science depend on measurements in the ocean. Satellite observations provide data for the surface layer of the ocean. To penetrate beyond the surface, scientists rely on in situ physical measurements from a range of platforms, including research ships, ocean observatories, moorings, and autonomous underwater and surface vehicles.

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World-leading innovative Science and Technology underpinning the Ocean Economy

The National Oceanography Centre is in a unique position of having world-leading multi-disciplinary scientific and technical expertise which can help unlock the economic and societal potential of the ocean across a range of industry sectors.

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A gift allows you to have a direct impact on world leading ocean research and innovation

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