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 Environmental 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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On the 13th of September, just before the stormy weather came in, the first survey Autosub6000, our AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle: a robotic submarine that can be programmed to scan the seabed...
Post date: 2019-09-16 10:55
On the morning of the 11th of September the Royal Research Ship Discovery arrived at the western Darwin Mounds. The weather allowed us to collect data using a variety of techniques.
The seabed...
Post date: 2019-09-12 23:48
On Friday 6 September a team of scientists and engineers, led by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and University of Southampton, will set sail to revisit a deep, cold-water coral reef area 16...
Post date: 2019-09-09 13:36
Earlier today, the Royal Research Ship (RRS) Discovery departed from the National Oceanography Centre (Southampton) to bring a team of 20 scientists to revisit the Darwin Mounds marine protected area...
Post date: 2019-09-09 13:35
CLASS programme announced
A new five-year marine research programme called 'Climate Linked Atlantic Sector Science' (CLASS) has been commissioned by NERC, to be delivered in partnership by the National Oceanography Centre (...
Post date: 2018-08-21 09:13

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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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