Natural Environment Research Council
The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is a Research Centre wholly owned by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). It was formed on 1 April 2010, by merging the NERC-managed parts of the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton with the NERC Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory at Liverpool. NOC is the UK’s leading institution for coastal and deep ocean research and technology development. NOC provides a national capability to support the UK research community, from research ships, to deep ocean ROVs, AUVs and gliders. NOC Southampton has been ranked in the top ten of the world’s research institutions in geoscience, and first among those with a specific remit in oceanography published by the Times Higher Education Supplement.
The Ocean Technology and Engineering Group at the NOC has 46 staff at the Centre’s sites at Southampton and Liverpool. The Group has a world-wide reputation for developing and using long range, deep diving oceanographic autonomous underwater vehicles, for developing novel sensors and instruments ranging from microfluidic chemical sensors to deep ocean tide gauges with a 10-year endurance. Particular strengths related to this proposal include vehicle autonomy, sensing and control in hazardous marine environments, especially under sea and glacial ice and in the complex topography of hydrothermal vent fields. The Group is also at the forefront of developing and employing techniques to manage risk in the deployment of autonomous underwater vehicles, combining statistical techniques with expert judgment elicitation. Links with the University of Southampton allow for co-supervision of PhD and Masters students, and joint projects with marine scientists in the UK, and worldwide, provide outlets for application of the vehicles developed by the Group.
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