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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton


With a multidisciplinary emphasis, research at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS) focuses on scientific excellence with impact.

Our research spans the coast to the deep ocean, tackling the most pressing scientific questions of our age. The research mission of NOCS is to sustain international excellence, to play a key role in developing national and international research programmes, and to become Europe's leading academic centre for oceanography and marine geoscience. The breadth of our scientific community, the blend of pure and applied science, and the unique range of research facilities make NOCS a first-class venue for training in interdisciplinary research.


Our geochemists and postgraduate students apply state-of-the-art geochemical analysis and modelling to scientific questions of major societal, economic and environmental importance

Geology and Geophysics

With around 60 research staff and PhD students, Southampton's Geology and Geophysics Research Group is among the most active in this field in Europe

Marine Biology and Ecology (MBE)

The MBE Group is one of the largest and most active international research teams studying the biodiversity of pelagic and benthic ocean systems

Palaeoceanography and Palaeoclimate

This group seeks to understand past changes in the Earth System for future climate prediction. Its global research covers the Arctic, through to the equatorial Pacific to the Southern Ocean

Marine Biogeochemistry

We research the cycling of nutrients, carbon and other elements in the global ocean, as well as interactions with ocean biology and anthropogenic impacts

Physical Oceanography

Research in this area seeks to understand, quantify and predict the physical character of the ocean, and the dynamic processes that control its circulation and mixing

World-Leading Research

Our research is meeting the needs of industry, influencing policy and changing practice internationally.  In 2014 Ocean and Earth Science (OES) reaffirmed its position as a world-leader in research excellence.  Following publication of the national Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF2014), OES was ranked 2 in the UK, for proportion of research recognised as world-leading (4*) in the Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences Unit of Assessment.  Find out more

Meet our world-class researchers

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