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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton
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Professor Harry Bryden AB, PhD

Regius Professor

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Professor Harry Bryden is Regius Professor within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

We are presently conducting a global climate experiment by rapidly increasing the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere and ocean. We do not know what is going to happen, but we will know some of the results of this experiment in our lifetime.

1968 Summer Student Fellow, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Teaching Assistant, University of Washington

1969-70 Mathematician, U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office, Suitland

1970 Mathematician, U.S. Naval Underwater Sound Laboratory, New London

1970-71 Graduate Research Assistant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

1971-75 Graduate Research Assistant, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

1975-77 Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Oceanography, Oregon State University

1977-80 Assistant Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

1980-88 Associate Scientist (1983 Tenure awarded)

1988-92 Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

1993-95 Physical Oceanographer, Institute of Oceanographic Sciences,

1995-2000 Physical Oceanographer, Southampton Oceanography Centre

2000-2011 Professor of Oceanography, University of Southampton

2011-present Emeritus Professor of Oceanography, University of Southampton

Honours and Additional Experience:

8/81-7/82 Visiting Scientist, School of Oceanography, University of Washington

5/88-8/89 Visiting Fellow, Wolfson College, Oxford University

1988-92 Henry Bryant Bigelow Chair for Excellence in Oceanography, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

1994-2000 Individual Merit Promotion to Grade 6, Institute of Oceanographic Sciences and Southampton Oceanography Centre

1999-present Personal Chair, School of Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton

2003 Awarded the Henry Stommel Research Medal by the American Meteorological Society "for fundamental and elegant observational contributions to understanding the oceanic general circulation"; Elected Fellow of the American Meteorological Society

2005 Elected Fellow, Royal Society "for the outstanding contributions he has made through careful observation and innovative analysis and interpretation of data to the study of the meridional transport of heat in the ocean"

2009 Awarded Prince Albert I Medal by the International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Ocean "in recognition of his fundamental contributions to understanding the ocean's role in the global climate system"

2010 Elected Fellow, American Geophysical Union "for his fundamental contributions to understanding the ocean's role in maintaining the global climate system"

2013 - present Associate Researcher, Istituto di Scienze Marine, CNR-ISMAR

2013 Honorary Fellow, Royal Meteorological Society

2013 Awarded Fridtjof Nansen Medal by the European Geosciences Union "for his long-term leadership in experimental physical oceanography and in understanding the mechanisms of the general ocean circulation and heat transport"

2014 Awarded Challenger Medal by the Challenger Society for Marine Science


Author or co-author of about 110 refereed scientific publications.

Research interests

Specialism: Physical Oceanography

Mediterranean climate change;

Monitoring the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation;

Role of ocean heat and freshwater transports in maintaining the global climate system;

Structure and energetics of western boundary currents;

Dynamics of the flow through the Strait of Gibraltar and its control of the circulation in the Mediterranean Sea.

Research group

Physical Oceanography

Research project(s)

RAPID-MOC (Meridional Overturning Circulation)


2005-2008 Member, Scientific Committee 5, Royal Society

2006 Member, Search Committee for Editors of Geophysical Research Letters

2006-present Member Climate Advisory Network, Royal Society

2007-2009 Chair, Oceanographic Research Awards Panel, American Meteorological Society

2008-2009 Member, Awards Oversight Committee, American Meteorological Society

2008 Member, Review Panel for Netherlands Programme for Sea and Coastal Research

2009- 2010 President elect, Challenger Society for Marine Science

2010 - 2012 President, Challenger Society for Marine Science

2012 - 2013 Immediate Past President, Challenger Society for Marine Science

2012 - 2014 Member, American Geophysical Union Ocean Sciences Fellows Committee

2013 - 2016 Member, American Geophysical Union Ewing Medal Committee, Chair 2014 -

2014 - present Member, European Geosciences Union Fridtjof Nansen Medal Committee

2015 - 2016 UK Representative to International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics


2002-2005 Member of NERC's Peer Review Committee (2002-2003) and subsequently
of NERC's Peer Review College (2003-2005)

2006 Member of NERC's Strategy Development Panel on "Climate Systems"

2008-present Member of NERC’s Programme Advisory Group for Rapid-WATCH

2011 - 2012 Editor "Prospectus for UK Marine Science", special volume (370-1980) of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A

2013-2014 Editor "Prospectus for UK Marine Sustained Observations", special volume of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A


2007-2011 Head, Graduate School, National Oceanography Centre Southampton.

Panel Chair for 2 PhD students at present

Supervisor or Co-Supervisor for 2 PhD students

Professor Harry Bryden
Ocean and Earth Science
National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH, UK

Room Number : NOCS/564/14

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