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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton


Collaboration is a key part of the University's research activities. As well as our interdisciplinary research within the University, we have a global network of partners who are working with us to address today's major challenges.

We collaborate with teams from other disciplines within the University and also with other universities, institutes and businesses from around the world; working together is integral to many of our research projects. We also foster interactions between external businesses to strengthen our teaching.

A few examples of our very many collaborations include the following.

The National Oceanography Centre

The University of Southampton is a hosting partner of the National Oceanography Centre, a national research organisation that delivers integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean and works in partnership with the UK marine research community.

The NOC's work with the wider marine science community creates the integrated research capability needed to tackle the big environmental issues facing the world. Research priorities include the oceans’ role in climate change, sea level change and the future of the Arctic Ocean. Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton shares the Waterfront Campus with the NERC-operated elements of the NOC, where a close collaborative relationship is maintained on a wide range of research that seeks to address some of the most pressing scientific questions of our age. Many NOC scientists are involved with teaching and supervisory roles to support the University's students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. 

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts, U.S.A

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is dedicated to research and education to advance understanding of the ocean and its interaction with the Earth system. Many of our academics work on collaborative projects with Woods Hole scientists, including, amongst others, ChEss, a programme to determine the biogeography of deep-water chemosynthetic ecosystems at a global scale and to understand the processes driving these ecosystems, and DIMES, a US/UK field programme aimed at measuring diapycnal and isopycnal mixing in the Southern Ocean, along the tilting isopycnals of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current.

We run an exchange programme for PhD students to visit Woods Hole to work on collaborative research projects.

Image by Bill Crawford, courtesy of IOPD
The IOPD drilling vessel

Integrated Ocean Drilling Programme

Researchers including Professor Damon TeagleProfessor Paul Wilson and Professor Heiko Pälike of the University of Southampton are key participants in the Integrated Ocean Drilling Programme (IODP), an international marine research program that explores Earth's history and structure recorded in seafloor sediments and rocks, and monitors subseafloor environments. IODP builds upon the earlier successes of the Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP) and Ocean Drilling Program (ODP), which revolutionised the view of the Earth's history and global processes through ocean basin exploration. IODP greatly expands the reach of these previous programs by using multiple drilling platforms, including riser, riserless, and mission-specific, to achieve its scientific goals. Southampton scientists join multiple programme partners from institutions across the globe in this revolutionary programme that seeks to advance scientific understanding of the Earth by monitoring, drilling, sampling, and analysing subseafloor environments.

The Centre for Coastal Processes, Engineering and Management

The Centre for Coastal Processes, Engineering and Management (CCPEM) aspires to deliver world-class independent research, education and consultancy in coastal science.

A core function of CCPEM is to provide informed guidance on coastline character and coastal behaviour within a multidisciplinary context for purposes of better management. This will be achieved through forging effective links between experts at the University of Southampton, throughout the UK and internationally. CCPEM works across the University of Southampton and the National Oceanography Centre to include researchers within the fields of civil engineering, ocean and Earth science, geography, environmental sciences and biology among others.

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