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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre SouthamptonPostgraduate study

Mr Matthew Clark MSci

Postgraduate research student (SPITFIRE)

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Mr Matthew Clark is a postgraduate research student within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

2018 – Present: PhD Student, National Oceanography Centre Southampton, University of Southampton.

2013 – 2017: MSci Oceanography, University of Southampton

Masters (MSci) thesis title: Impacts of the North Atlantic Cold Blob on the European Slope Current. Supervisor: Bob Marsh.

Research interests

  • Physical oceanography
  • Climate change effects on shelf sea structure and biogeochemistry

My current research focuses on the changing North Atlantic Ocean and its effects within European shelf seas. Using model outputs and observational datasets, I will analyse how the shelf seas are driven by basin-scale change over different timescales. There will be a strong emphasis on quantifying changes in temperature and salinity structure in the North Sea. I am excited to be taking an interdisciplinary approach to this: I am interested in how both physical and chemical changes to the water structure alter shelf sea ecosystems and productivity. I will also be using measurements of plankton biomass from the Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) survey to assess any possible relationships.

My PhD research follows on from my MSci final year research project, which quantified a cold temperature anomaly in the North Atlantic Subpolar Gyre and its effects on transport towards and along the European shelf edge.

Research project: Changing Atlantic influences on northwest European shelf seas


Prof Robert Marsh (UoS SOES)
Dr James Harle (NOC)
Prof Martin Edwards (SAHFOS/MBA)

Research group

Physical Oceanography

Demonstrator for SOES3010 Large Scale Ocean Processes and Climate

Mr Matthew Clark
Ocean and Earth Science
National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH

Room Number : NOCS/256/28

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