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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Professor Bob Whitmarsh 

Visiting Professor

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Professor Bob Whitmarsh is Visiting Professor within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

1967 Scientific Officer, National Institute of Oceanography, Wormley, Surrey
1982 Senior Principal Scientific Officer (Individual Merit), Institute of Oceanographic Sciences
1989-1993 Head of Marine Geology and Geophysics Group, IOSDL
2001-present Honorary Visiting Professor, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Chair, NOC Environment Committee, 2014 - present
Member, NOC Environment Sub-Committee, 2008-2013
Chair, InterMARGINS, 2001-2004
Permanent Secretary, GEBCO, 2001-2010

1962 Nottingham, BSc II:1 Geology with geophysics
1967 Cambridge, PhD Marine geophysics

Membership of Societies:
American Geophysical Union
Geological Society of London

Research interests

Specialism: Marine Geophysics

I am no longer research active but from the early 1990s until around 2003 I focused principally on the following areas:

  1. The submarine extension of the Iberia continental crust and initiation of North Atlantic sea-floor spreading under the Iberia Abyssal Plain.
  2. The rapid sea-floor spreading of India from the Seychelles and the continental margin processes active during the initiation of this process including development of the Gop Rift.

Specialism: The impact of society on climate change

Currently I am active in environmental matters regarding energy saving and emissions reduction in so far as they impact greenhouse gas emissions. These involve, or have involved,

  1. Being a founding member of the NOC Southampton Environment Sub-Committee (since 2008), chairing this committee since January 2014 and working closely with Estates at NOC Southampton.
  2. Writing a number of unpublished reports for management on environmental aspects of the NOCS building and the environmental impact of staff travel.
  3. Helping to run a programme of educational visits by primary school children to NOCS.
  4. Publishing a book in February 2017 on how households can become low-carbon (‘Achieving a low-carbon household: a guide for the better off’. 230 pp. Amazon Books, 2017).

Research group

Geology and Geophysics

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