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The University of Southampton
Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Facilities

We have a range of facilities housed within the National Oceanography Centre Southampton that are used for research and for student project work. These facilities are also available for external projects.

Research vessels

Research vessels

Our Research Vessel Callista, a 19.75m catamaran designed and equipped for a range of coastal and shelf research.

Research aquarium

Research aquarium

We have a multi-use aquarium, with a variety of tanks and facilities for keeping and handling live specimens.

Coral Reef Laboratory

Coral Reef Laboratory

Our Coral Reef Laboratory propogates and studies a broad range of corals and other cnidarians in a multi-compartment aquarium system circulating more than 4200 litres of artificial seawater.

Palaeomagnetism and Environmental Magnetism Laboratory

Palaeomagnetism Laboratory

The laboratory houses state-of-the-art instrumentation as well as a shielded room to support paleomagnetism, rock and mineral magnetism, magnet stratigraphy, and palaeoenvironment related research.

X-Ray Diffraction Facility

X-Ray Diffraction Facility

The X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) facility is a teaching and research resource, providing a service for the qualitative or quantitative analysis of powdered geological rock samples. 

SEM Facility

SEM Facility

The Scanning Electron Microscope facility is a research and teaching resource available for use by staff, postgraduate students and final year undergraduate students.

Inorganic Elemental and Isotopic Analysis by ICP-MS

Inorganic Elemental and Isotopic Analysis

We are equipped to carry out a wide range of inorganic analyses using a variety of different techniques with a diverse range of applications including environmental, geological, nuclear, and oceanographic.

Carbonate Chemistry Facility

Carbonate Chemistry Facility

The NERC-funded Carbonate Chemistry Facility analyses seawater samples for carbonate chemistry variables, and has state-of-the-art instrumentation.

3D Chirp

3D Chirp

3D Chirp is a surface-towed sub-bottom profiling system capable of imaging the upper tens of metres of the sub-surface in three dimensions.

OBIC

OBIC

The Ocean Bottom Instrumentation Consortium aims to provide the academic and commercial communities with access to multi-sensor, versatile seabed instruments.

Seafloor EM

Seafloor EM

The University is equipped to carry out field research programmes in CSEM surveys - for both academic and applied research topics.

Coastal Laboratories

Coastal Laboratories

The geology and geophysics research group operates three coastal laboratories focusing on the study of coastal and shelf sea hydrodynamics and sediment dynamics.

Organic Geochemistry

Organic Geochemistry

The Organic Geochemistry Facility, part of the SEAPORT Carbon Laboratories, represents a major expansion of the geochemical capabilities at the University of Southampton.

Environmental Sequencing Facility

Environmental Sequencing Facility

The Environmental Sequencing Facility provides a range of next-generation sequencing and analysis services using the latest cutting-edge technologies.

NNUF-EXACT Facility Overview

NNUF-EXACT Facility

NNUF-EXACT, part of the National Nuclear Users Facility, is a newly established radioanalytical research space within the University of Southampton.

Diving facilities

We maintain a diving team to support underwater research.

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Research aquarium

Our aquarium has a variety of tanks and facilities to meet the requirements for live and fresh marine material.

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Research vessel

Callista, our research vessel is based at our NOCS waterfront site

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Experts in Enterprise

Many of our facilities and expert services are available to external business or industry

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