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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton
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Professor Justin Dix BSc, PhD

Professor in Marine Geology & Geophysics, Head of Geology and Geophysics Research Group

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Professor Justin Dix is Professor in Marine Geology and Geophysics within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

BSc (Hons) Geology, University of Dundee (1989)

PhD Geology, University of St Andrews (1994)




Research interests


High resolution seismics & marine geoarchaeology 

Research Interests

All of my research benefits from my position as a Cross-Faculty Senior Lecturer between the School of Ocean & Earth Science and the Faculty of Humanities (Archaeology).

I am particularly interested in the development and integration of geophysical (particularly acoustic techniques), geological, archaeological and hydrodynamic approaches, for the solution of a suite of scientific problems. Current research areas include:

  • the non-destructive identification, reconstruction and assessment of submerged archaeological sites;
  • the development of a new 3D high-resolution acoustic tools for marine investigation;
  • the acoustic and geotechnical characteristics of marine sediments, archaeological materials and shallow gas deposits;
  • low and scour evolution around submerged three-dimensional objects, with particular reference to archaeological case studies;
  • coastal environments and their role in pre-historic migrations; with particular emphasis on the archaeological potential of continental shelves,
  • the reconstruction of Late Quaternary palaeo-environments and their implications for interpreting pre-historic sites

This work is and has been funded by research grants from HEFCE Research Councils (EPSRC, NERC and AHRC), National and International government organisations (English Heritage, MOD, Danish National Museum, Rijkwaterstaat - Netherlands) and industry (SEA, Qinetiq [both Military Contractors], METOC and GeoAcoustics Ltd).

Research group

Geology and Geophysics

Research project(s)

3D Chirp - Decimetre resolution sub-bottom profiling

Geo-archaeology - New high-resolution 3D seismic imaging

The Taphonomy of Historic Wreck Sites

Vertical turbulence structures in the benthic boundary layer as related to suspended sediment

Impact of seabed properties on the ampacity and reliability of cables

Hydrodynamic and Geotechnical Controls of Scour Around Offshore Monopiles

Environmental Controls on the State of HV Cables under the Seafloor

iCOASST - integrating coastal sediment systems

Windermere Research

Sediment transport pathways offshore between Poole and Christchurch Bays



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Professor Justin Dix
Ocean and Earth Science
National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH

Room Number:NOCS/186/05

Telephone:(023) 8059 3057
Facsimile:(023) 8059 3059

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