National Oceanography Centre Association
5th Annual Meeting –
Key-Note Presentation
Sir Mark Walport
Chief Scientific Advi...
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• Health, well being, security, and
resilience
• Knowledge translated to economic
ad...
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Oceanographic observations are essential
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Major research questions for
oceanography in the next decade
• Climate change, both
...
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The major research questions:
Climate Change – Ocean warming
mean
(1993-2009)
= 0
De...
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The major research questions:
Climate Change – Sea level rise
mean
(1961-1990)
= 0
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The major research questions:
Climate Change – Sea level rise
Radar tidal gauge
UK C...
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Photo Credit: NERCStormsurgeatDawlish.
This information is essential when responding...
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The major research questions:
Climate Change – Climate ‘tipping points’
Marine-ice s...
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RAPID: long term observations of the Atlantic Meridional
Circulation at 26ºN
Intern...
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The major research questions:
Biodiversity and Ecosystems
The piglet squid photogra...
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The major research questions:
Seafloor as a source of resources
Energy
• Hydro-carb...
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The major research questions:
Seafloor as a source of resources
Minerals
• Manganes...
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The major research questions:
Technology for autonomous measurements
• Big Data
• I...
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Royal Society project on environmental
observations and remote sensing
How can Gove...
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To inform
The importance of communicating
oceanographic science – climate change
To...
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The importance of communicating
oceanographic science – inspiration
Oceanographyisf...
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The work that NOC does is of fundamental importance to the UK and
the world’s futur...
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@uksciencechief
www.gov.uk/go-science
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National Oceanography Centre - 5th annual meeting

Presentation by Sir Mark Walport at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) on 30 March 2015.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Transcripts - National Oceanography Centre - 5th annual meeting

  • 1. National Oceanography Centre Association 5th Annual Meeting – Key-Note Presentation Sir Mark Walport Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government
  • 2. 2 NOC Association Annual Meeting 2015 • Health, well being, security, and resilience • Knowledge translated to economic advantage • The right science for emergencies • Underpinning policy with evidence • Advocacy and leadership for science Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser
  • 3. 3 NOC Association Annual Meeting 2015 Oceanographic observations are essential
  • 4. 4 NOC Association Annual Meeting 2015 Major research questions for oceanography in the next decade • Climate change, both observations and mitigation • Improving seasonal weather predictions • Understanding the vast biological diversity and ecosystem functions of the oceans • The resource opportunities in the seafloor and sub-seafloor • How new technologies will revolutionise how we gather and interpret data Plot of energy accumulation in ZJ (1 ZJ = 1021J) within distinct components of Earth’s climate system (IPCC)
  • 5. 5 NOC Association Annual Meeting 2015 The major research questions: Climate Change – Ocean warming mean (1993-2009) = 0 Deployment of an eXpendable BathyThermographs.
  • 6. 6 NOC Association Annual Meeting 2015 The major research questions: Climate Change – Sea level rise mean (1961-1990) = 0
  • 7. 7 NOC Association Annual Meeting 2015 The major research questions: Climate Change – Sea level rise Radar tidal gauge UK Coastal Monitoring and Forecasting (UKCMF) Service - Strategic monitoring network for tide levels and wave heights 1993–2012 Sea level trends from satellite altimetry.
  • 8. 8 NOC Association Annual Meeting 2015 Photo Credit: NERCStormsurgeatDawlish. This information is essential when responding to emergencies The major research questions: Climate Change – Sea level rise
  • 9. 9 NOC Association Annual Meeting 2015 The major research questions: Climate Change – Climate ‘tipping points’ Marine-ice shelf disintegration Methane release from the sea bed Principal stress fields and stress-flow angles on Larsen C ice shelf
  • 10. 10 NOC Association Annual Meeting 2015 RAPID: long term observations of the Atlantic Meridional Circulation at 26ºN International collaborative research programme: UK, Canada, Germany, USA Measuring the strength of the ocean conveyor in the North Atlantic as part of a ‘climate monitoring system’. The major research questions: Climate and seasonal modelling
  • 11. 11 NOC Association Annual Meeting 2015 The major research questions: Biodiversity and Ecosystems The piglet squid photographed off the coast of Nigeria. Image courtesy SERPENT project Stephen Low Productions. East Pacific Vent at 9degN, 2,600meters on Tube Worm Pillar. Giant tubeworms close up with vent fish. The Coral Reef Laboratory - NOC
  • 12. 12 NOC Association Annual Meeting 2015 The major research questions: Seafloor as a source of resources Energy • Hydro-carbons • Methane hydrates • Biofuels from marine algae • Marine renewables
  • 13. 13 NOC Association Annual Meeting 2015 The major research questions: Seafloor as a source of resources Minerals • Manganese • Copper • Nickel • Cobalt • Rare Earth elements NOC - global distribution of manganese nodules and cobalt crust
  • 14. 14 NOC Association Annual Meeting 2015 The major research questions: Technology for autonomous measurements • Big Data • Internet of things • Satellite technology • Robotics The UK has the opportunity to capitalise on investment in world class research infrastructure and emerging technologies
  • 15. 15 NOC Association Annual Meeting 2015 Royal Society project on environmental observations and remote sensing How can Government best ensure that the potential of environmental observation data and technologies are exploited to maximum effect, for current and future research, industry and policy needs? And ensure that UK scientists and others have the infrastructure they need to stay at the forefront of research and decision-making? Looking at all types of technology across five domains: • Air • Land and freshwater • Oceans and ice • Climate change • Natural Hazards Reporting in May 2015.
  • 16. 16 NOC Association Annual Meeting 2015 To inform The importance of communicating oceanographic science – climate change To aid policy and decision making To empower individual decision-making To counter misinformation
  • 17. 17 NOC Association Annual Meeting 2015 The importance of communicating oceanographic science – inspiration Oceanographyisfundamentaltoour understandingofourplanetandessential inunderstandingourplanet’sresponseto ourgreenhousegasemissions. Oceanographyisfascinatingand important,andshouldbepresentedas such.
  • 18. 18 NOC Association Annual Meeting 2015 The work that NOC does is of fundamental importance to the UK and the world’s future. Conclusion - The future of NOC NOC will need to • have a role in maintaining the UK national environmental science infrastructure, in terms of facilities, data and national capabilities and employing the latest technological innovations • play an appropriate role as part of the broader oceanographic community • contribute to the UK’s resilience and strategic planning; and • maintain their ‘public good’ activity - both the contribution to Whitehall and more broadly to the public.
  • 19. 19 NOC Association Annual Meeting 2015 @uksciencechief www.gov.uk/go-science Science Advice – ESOF 2014

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