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Mr Ryan Scott MSci

Postgraduate research student (NEXUSS)

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Mr Ryan Scott is a postgraduate research student within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton, and is based at the British Antarctic Survey.

2012-2016: MSci Geophysics, University of Southampton.
4th Year research project/dissertation: “Origin of lower crustal reflections found in mature fast-spreading crust in the eastern Pacific.”
2015-2016: During these summers I worked as research assistant for Professor Tim Henstock.

Research interests

  • Antarctica
  • Autonomous underwater gliders
  • Turbulence
  • Ocean mixing
  • Heat fluxes
  • Climate predictions

Although I have a broad range of research interests, currently my primary research area lies in quantifying and understanding the processes driving ocean mixing, something that key for improving future climate predictions. I have just started a NEXUSS PhD with the title “Can underwater gliders quantify horizontal mixing in the west Antarctic?” This involves developing a methodology that was originally created for conductivity-temperature-depth (CTD) profiler data and applying it to CTD and microstructure data collected by Slocum gliders in the west Antarctic. Horizontal ocean mixing is an important mechanism for delivering heat to the glaciers and ice shelves in this region however, the processes involved are not very well understood due to the patchiness of measurements from profilers. The autonomous underwater gliders hugely increase the number of measurements collected and consequently could vastly improve our understanding of these processes. The PhD therefore has both a scientific and a technical aspect; quantifying the heat flux in the west Antarctic and also assessing whether it is possible to use the glider data in this new way. If successful, the findings of the project could be used to improve future ocean and climate models.

Research project: Can underwater gliders quantify horizontal mixing in the west Antarctic?


Dr Alexander Brearley (BAS)
Prof. Alberto Naveira Garabato (UoS)
Prof. Michael Meredith (BAS)
Dr Hugh Venables (BAS)
Dr Ben Allsup (Teledyne Webb Research)


Polar Oceans

Research group

Physical Oceanography

Affiliate research group

Geology and Geophysics

Mr Ryan Scott
British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Rd, Cambridge, CB3 0ET

Room Number: /British Antarctic Survey

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