In our research, we seek to understand, quantify and predict the physical character of the ocean, and the dynamic processes that control its circulation and mixing.
Participating in a wide variety of oceanographic cruises, we use shipboard instruments, moorings, floats and autonomous underwater vehicles to make in situ measurements of key ocean processes.
Of further vital importance are measurements that help us to accurately estimate air-sea exchanges of heat, momentum and gases throughout the world's oceans. Building on our expertise in ocean remote sensing, and with strong links to space agencies, we are exploring patterns of change and variability in satellite measurements of surface temperature, sea level and productivity. Aligned with this suite of observations, we develop and use a wide range of ocean and climate models, to test new hypotheses, to predict climate change, and to explore the role of the ocean in the wider Earth system.
The Physical Oceanography and Climate group of OES is also strongly involved in high-computing through its modelling activities
in particularly working together with the MSM group of NOC on the analysis of high-resolution ocean models
and introducing the UK coupled climate model in Southampton, focusing on the role of the ocean in climate (change) together with the UK Met Office
Contact: Prof. Sybren Drijfhout
We have two vessels based at NOCS that are available to staff and students of Ocean and Earth Science. R.V. Callista and R.V. Bill Conway
PhD Project Titles
A probabilistic assessment of trends in Southern Ocean pCO2
Claudie Beaulieu (UoS), Dorothee Bakker (UEA), Sujit Sahu (UoS).
Antarctic / Atlantic Ocean connections during rapid climate change
Dr Kevin Oliver (UoS), Dr Louise Sime (BAS).
Compound flooding from waves, storm surges, rainfall and river discharge
Dr Ivan Haigh (UoS), Mikis Tsimplis (UoS) and Ben Gouldby (HRW).
Deep ocean circulation: boundary density gradients, their representation in numerical models and relationship to the MOC
Dr Gerard McCarthy (NOC), Dr Jennifer Mecking (UoS), Prof Sybren Drijfhout (UoS).
Determining turbulent controls on ocean structure using autonomous robots
Prof Alberto Naveira Garabato (Uso), Dr Matthew Palmer (NOC), Prof Mark Inall (SAMS), Dr Pierre Testor (LOCEAN, Paris).
Drivers of heat transport to the Antarctic Shelves
Prof Sybren Drijfhout (UoS), Prof Alberto Naveira Garabato (UoS), Prof Adrian Jenkins (BAS), Jeff Blundell (UoS)
Energetic eddies at the boundary of the Atlantic
Dr Eleanor Frajka-Williams (UoS), Prof. Alberto Naveira Garabato (UoS), Dr David Smeed (NOC).
In situ burning – oil spill mitigation and particle export in the ocean
Dr Simon Boxall (UoS), Dr Sarah Lou Carolin Giering (NOC), Dr Daniel Jones (NOC), Dr Uta Passow (University of California, Santa Barbara).
Multi-decadal warming of the subtropical Atlantic Ocean: Causes and implications
Prof Bob Marsh (UoS), Dr Jeremy Grist (NOC), Dr Gerard McCarthy (NOC)
Projecting future sea level rise and extreme sea level events
Dr Philip Goodwin (UoS), Dr Ivan Haigh (UoS), Prof Eelco Rohling (ANU)
Testing the link between deep convection, sinking and Atlantic meridional overturning variability
Dr Joel Hirschi (NOC), Prof Sybren Drijfhout (UoS), Mr Jeff Blundell (UoS).
Understanding the drivers of variability in ocean currents on the Patagonian shelf and their role in fish larvae recruitment
Prof Bob Marsh (UoS), Dr Emma Young (BAS), Dr Paul Brickle (SAERI), Dr Adrian Jenkins (BAS).
|Staff Member||Primary Position|
|Stephanie Allen||Postgraduate research student|
|Jeffrey Blundell||Research Fellow in Physical Oceanography|
|Simon Boxall||Principal Teaching Fellow|
|Alexander Brearley||Research Fellow|
|Nikki Brown||Postgraduate research student|
|Harry Bryden||Emeritus Professor|
|Helen Burns||Postgraduate research student|
|Jessica Cartwright||Postgraduate research student (SPITFIRE)|
|Alex Cattrell||Postgraduate research student|
|Elizabeth Comer||Postgraduate research student|
|Matthew P Couldrey||Postgraduate research student|
|Jesse Cusack||Postgraduate research student|
|Tiago Dotto||Postgraduate research student|
|Sybren Drijfhout||Professor in Physical Oceanography and Climate Physics|
|Aurelie Duchez||RAPID Group Research Scientist|
|Victor Estella Perez||Postgraduate research student|
|Alexander Forryan||Research Fellow|
|Eleanor Frajka-Williams||Associate Professor in Physical Oceanography|
|Freya Garry||Postgraduate research student|
|Ivan D Haigh||Associate Professor in Coastal Oceanography|
|Samantha Hallam||Postgraduate research student (SPITFIRE)|
|Jonathan Harrison||Postgraduate research student|
|Laura Herraiz Borreguero||Marie Curie Research Fellow|
|Zoë Holbrook||Postgraduate research student (LTDS, GSNOCS, FEE)|
|Freja Hunt||Postgraduate research student|
|Zoe L Jacobs||Postgraduate research student|
|Jon Lawrence||Postgraduate research student|
|Delphine Lobelle||Postgraduate research student|
|Guantong Lyu||Postgraduate research student|
|Georgios Margaritis||Postgraduate research student|
|Robert Marsh||Professor in Oceanography and Climate|
|Jennifer V Mecking||Research Fellow|
|Carlos Joel Mejia Olivares||Postgraduate research student|
|Simon Mueller||Research Fellow|
|Alberto Naveira Garabato||Professor|
|Kevin Oliver||Lecturer in Physical Oceanography|
|Tabitha Pearman||Postgraduate research student (SPITFIRE)|
|David Price||Postgraduate research student (NEXUSS)|
|Ian Robinson||Emeritus Professor|
|Josie Robinson||Postgraduate research student|
|Stefanie Rynders||Postgraduate research student|
|Ryan Scott||Postgraduate research student (NEXUSS)|
|Florian Sevellec||Associate Professor in Ocean Physics|
|John Shepherd||Emeritus Professor of Earth System Science|
|Nikolaos Skliris||Research Fellow|
|Maike Sonnerwald||Postgraduate Research Student (ICSS)|
|Giang Tran||Postgraduate research student|
|Clément Vic||Postdoctoral Research Fellow|
|Neil Wells||Emeritus Fellow in Physical Oceanography and Meteorology|
|Werenfrid Wimmer||Research Assistant|
|Claire Winder||Postgraduate research student|
|Xiaolong Yu||Postgraduate research student|
|When will 1.5°C of warming occur, and what will the consequences be? (ADJUST1.5)||Active|
|Arctic Synoptic Basin-wide Observations (ASBO)||Active|
|Assessing the Impact of Geo-engineering the Climate||Active|
|Descent into the Icehouse||Active|
|Evolution of Carbon Cycle Dynamics (eCCD)||Active|
|Flood MEMORY: Multi-Event Modelling Of Risk & recoverY||Active|
|Hydrological Cycle Understanding (Horyuji PAGODA)||Active|
|Iceberg forecasting - from days to decades (ICECAST)||Active|
|MESoscale Ocean eddies and CLImate Predictability (MESO-CLIP)||Active|
|RAPID-MOC (Meridional Overturning Circulation)||Active|
|Southern Ocean FINEstructure (SOFINE)||Active|