NOC Workshops & Seminars

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) will be showcasing how its cutting edge scientific research, technology development and world-class facilities can be used to underpin the global ocean industry by helping to solve the many challenges faced as our economies become increasingly reliant on our oceans.

Throughout the three days of Ocean Business, the NOC will be hosting workshops and seminars highlighting how the work of the NOC can help with such issues as the decommissioning of the 475 oil and gas installations in UK seas, enable developing nations to conduct scientific research in their oceans and coastlines in an affordable way to support their economies and conduct surveys of deep ocean installation sites prior to construction. As well as these workshop and seminar sessions the NOC will be opening its doors for tours of the key testing facilities that are available for commercial hire, so that visitors can speak with the teams that run these facilities and discuss the potential for their use.

Tuesday 4 April – Seminar Room:

10:30 to 11:30 – FixO3 Innovation Meets Industry

The workshop involves one to one meetings with innovative companies operating in ocean observation to identify barriers to commercialisation. This is being organised by SLR Environmental Consulting (Ireland) Ltd., a partner in the FixO3  Horizon 2020 project. The Fixed point Open Ocean Observatory network (FixO3) seeks to integrate European open ocean fixed point observatories and to improve access to these key installations for the broader community.

12:00 to 13:00 – South Coast Marine Cluster – Access to world-class institutes and sector-leading, innovative companies

The South Coast Marine Cluster builds on a rich maritime heritage, hundreds of kilometres of coastline, world-renowned research institutions and a large and growing network of sector-leading, innovative marine companies. This session will tell you you can work with the cluster to underpin and support your business activities

13:30 to 14:30 – NOC Sensor and Instrumentation Development and future roadmap

During this session Prof Matt Mowlem, Head of NOC’s Ocean Technology and Engineering Group will be presenting NOC’s Sensor & Instrumentation Development and future roadmap.  The Ocean Technology and Engineering group at NOC develop sensor and instruments for environmental monitoring and engage industry in a variety of ways, including licensing technology and collaborative R&D projects. 2017 will be another key year, seeing NOC developed technologies made available commercially through partners and deployed on marine autonomous systems, landers, moorings and platforms for science.This presentation will highlight the group’s latest work and give a view on future direction.

15:00 to 16:00 – Unlocking the power of X-Band as a coastal development and management tool

Shore-based marine radar systems have recently proved to be an excellent tool for gathering a wealth of hydrographic, hydrodynamic and environmental data for a variety of scientific and industrial applications. Following significant research and development effort at The NOC and other partner institutions in the UK and further afield, a single marine radar sensor can gather information on; subtidal bathymetry down to 30-50 m, near-surface currents, intertidal topography, wave spectra and wave statistics. Along with this crucial hydrographic data, the radar can provide information on bird and marine mammal activity in the area while continuing to act as a vessel traffic observation and management tool. This session will provide an overview of the capabilities and services provided by The NOC and Marlan Maritime Technologies.

Wednesday 5 April – Seminar Room:

10:30 to 11:30 – Lithium Sulfur Pressure Tolerant Batteries for Marine Autonomous Systems

As part of an innovate UK project, the NOC is working with Steatite, Oxis and MSubs to develop a pressure tolerant battery pack for Marine Autonomous Systems and other deep sea applications, using novel lithium sulfur technology. At this session you will be able to hear about the latest developments on the project and discuss your potential user needs from this innovative new technology that will offer extended battery life and improved safety over current lithium batteries on the market.

12:00 to 13:00 – Decommissioning of oil and gas installations

There are 475 oil & gas installations in UK seas that will have to be decommissioned. By 2018 over 50 of these will be approaching or entering decommissioning. The OSPAR Convention prohibits the dumping, and leaving wholly or partly in place, of most offshore installations (OSPAR Decision 98/3), although some large structures are exempt (derogation cases). Given the large number of impending decommissioning cases, there is a clear need for a highly efficient survey and monitoring procedure that limits potential costs but also fits the regulators’ needs. Recent advances in marine autonomy offer the prospect of substantial efficiency gains over current practise, but now require the development of effective and efficient approaches for decommissioning monitoring, which will be provided by this project.

13:30 to 14:30 – EMSOdev Technology workshop

The technology workshop will briefly present on the work carried out by EMSOdev with regard to the design, integration and trial deployments of the project monitoring equipment designed for deployment on a variety of subsea installations such as in-situ observatories and moorings. Once the EMSOdev overview has been made the floor will be opened to attendees with the aim of collecting views from the ocean observing community and wider stakeholder/end-user communities.

Further background information on EMSOdev and the EGIM (EMSO Generic Instrument Module) is available on the website:

To register your place please click here 

15:00 to 16:00 – Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO)

This presentation will be given by Professor Ed Hill, Executive Director of the National Oceanography Centre and recent member of the POGO Executive Committee.  It will afford you the opportunity to hear about the strategic priorities of POGO.

For more than a decade, the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans, POGO, has served as a forum for leaders of major oceanographic institutions around the world to promote global oceanography, particularly the implementation of international and integrated global ocean observing systems. POGO is an international network of collaborators who foster partnerships that advance efficiency and effectiveness in studying and monitoring the world’s oceans on a global scale. Through its efforts, POGO has promoted observations underpinning ocean and climate science, interpreted scientific results for decision makers, provided training and technology transfer to emerging economies, and built awareness of the many challenges still ahead.

Thursday 6 April – Seminar Room:

10:30 to 11:30 – Marine Data – translating research models into applications

The NOC produces modeled data for ocean research at this session we’ll be discussing how you can utilise this data for industry applications

12:00 to 13:00 – Arctic Shipping Lanes

Further details to follow.

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The NOC is one of the world’s top oceanographic institutions. They provide the UK with the national capability needed to be a top global player and to lead and participate in international cooperation. The NOC undertakes world-leading research in large scale oceanography and ocean measurement technology innovation. They work with Government and business to turn great science and technology into advice and applications. The NOC supports the UK science community based in universities and smaller research institutes with scientific facilities, research infrastructure and irreplaceable data assets – enabling the UK to harness the full power and diversity of its scientific talent in ocean science.





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