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UK Marine Science in a net zero carbon future

RRS Sir David Attenborough Rolls Royce

Press release issued: 25 September 2020

Dr Kate Hendry has recently joined a newly launched, ambitious scoping project, led by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), to investigate how to move towards low or zero-carbon oceanographic research.

The aim of the Net Zero Oceanographic Capability (NZOC) project is to bring together the marine science community and key stakeholders to consider how NERC can maintain and enhance its research infrastructure in the future whilst adhering to the UKRI’s objective of becoming a ‘net-zero’ organisation by 2040.

One of the key aspects of the project is to scope out the possibilities for the next research vessel. Whilst the new polar vessel, the RRS Sir David Attenborough (pictured) is only just about to start trial expeditions, the UK marine community have to look ahead to what comes next, when the next vessel is due to be commissioned in 2035.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to be a part of the future of UK marine science. Also, as technologies become more and more critical for how we carry out our research, we have a responsibility to innovate in a way that doesn’t harm the very focus of our science: our ocean and climate. Being part of a more sustainable research community is really exciting.” – Kate Hendry

Kate will be leading the first work package: the Future science need, and will be seconded (virtually, of course) to NOC for a month over the next year or so. Other work packages will cover future policy, ship technologies, autonomous systems, sensors, and data ecosystems.

Find our more by visiting the project website

Further information

Kate Hendry is an Associate Professor in the School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, and member of the Cabot Institute for the Environment.

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