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The University of Southampton
Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Research Group: Physical Oceanography

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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

Marine Physics and Ocean Climate 

in particularly working together with the MSM group of NOC on the analysis of high-resolution ocean models

Marine Systems Modelling

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

HadGEM3 family: Met Office climate prediction model

Contact: Dr Ivan Haigh

Associated research themes

Coastal and Shelf Processes

Research Vessels

We have one vessel R.V. Callista based at NOCS that is available to staff and students of Ocean and Earth Science.


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