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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Your gifts at work

In the last year, gifts from alumni and friends have helped the University to make a difference to the planet through cutting edge research, improved facilities and support for students where funds are needed the most.

In August 2011, NOCS completed a major refurbishment of the National Oceanographic Library at Southampton. The building project created a new mezzanine floor on a new level that incorporates five bookable rooms for meetings or group study and an open space available for all users of the National Oceanography Centre.

Ocean and Earth Science alumni gifts helped to purchase a new plasma screen for one of the meeting rooms in the library. The new screen is mobile and gives students greater flexibility for studying and for delivering presentations. Gifts also purchased a range of new textbooks for student use in the library.

Further to this, alumni gifts have also supported the purchase of equipment for our oceanography and marine biology students carrying out project and field work. Salinity and temperature are key variables in understanding marine processes and the measurements are best made in the field. Alumni helped to fund a new portable temperature-salinity probe, which is now in regular use on our vessels and in the lab. We were also able to buy charts of the Falmouth area which are essential for planning safe and efficient work on the water during our summer field course. Students on this course gain important skills in using charts whilst setting up and carrying out work on the water.

We thank our many alumni who helped to fund these important enhancements for Ocean and Earth Science.

The library before refurbishment
First class facilities
The new state of the art library
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