CLASS - Climate Linked Atlantic Sector Science


CLASS will deliver the knowledge and understanding of the Atlantic Ocean system that society needs to make evidence-based decisions regarding ocean management. We aim to address key knowledge gaps in our understanding of ocean variability, climate regulation and ocean services, and to assess how the ocean will evolve as a result of climate change and intensified human exploitation.

CLASS will be delivered through an Atlantic focussed science programme, building on sustained ocean observation, world class model development and state of the art technology, delivered through Marine National Capability underpinning activities.



CLASS is a five-year project funded by the Natural Environment Research Council. The Project will be led by the National Oceanography Centre and is a collaboration with The Scottish Association for Marine Science, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Marine Biological Association, and the Sea Mammal Research Unit, which will run between April 2018 and 2023.

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Sampling at sea gives you many hurdles to overcome, and I am not just talking about seasickness! When we have a CTD rosette in the water it can be travelling through the water column for a few hours...
Post date: 2020-02-24 14:26

The RSS James Cook is approaching the mid-Atlantic ridge and the crew and scientists conducted 84 CTD-casts so far. The atmosphere on board is great and very productive, of course, a barbeque and a...
Post date: 2020-02-19 11:32
By Hannelore Theetaert

While I am writing this, it is 4o’clock in the morning, and it’s the start of the last two weeks of sailing.  CTD number 99 is currently going down to more than 5500m depth...
Post date: 2020-02-17 16:50
The International Day of Women and Girls in Science is a great opportunity to recognize the critical role women and girls play in science and technology. On board the RRS James Cook a team of 10...
Post date: 2020-02-12 15:29
We are reaching the end of week 2 of our 6 week Atlantic passage on the RRS James Cook, and what does this mean? Well, the whirlwind of the first few days are behind us, the night shift are slowly...
Post date: 2020-02-03 16:34

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Project Team

Prof Angela Hatton
Principal Investigator
National Oceanography Centre

Prof Russell Wynn
NPG & Policy Engagement
National Oceanography Centre

Dr Penny Holliday
Science Coordinator
National Oceanography Centre

Jen Thomas
Project Manager
National Oceanography Centre

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