Alan Evans

International and Strategic Partnerships Office
+44 (0)23 8059 6552

Alan is currently the Marine Science Policy Advisor within the International and Strategic Partnerships Office. However prior to January 2016 he was a Senior Scientist where he specialised in application of UNCLOS articles.

Having worked on all United Kingdom Continental Shelf submissions, pursuant to UNCLOS Article 76, for the generation of continental shelf areas beyond 200 nautical miles, Alan was a member of the United Kingdom’s delegation attending sessions with the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) at the United Nations, New York, during the defence of two of the four UK submissions, namely the Celtic Shelf and Ascension Island.

Following the successful completion of the joint submission for the Celtic Shelf, Alan continues to support the FCO as technical adviser in relation to delimitation of the area of continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles as part of the UK delegation during negotiations with Ireland, France and Spain.

Alan has provided advice on interpretation and implementation of UNCLOS Article 76 to more than 20 foreign governments, which resulted in the completion of a number of submissions for continental shelf. He was also a member of the Barbados delegation during the defence of their submission.

In addition, Alan provides advice relating to Marine Scientific Research, in accordance with Part XIII of UNCLOS, in particular in relation to information included in diplomatic clearances for research expeditions managed by the NOC.

Alan is particularly interested in developing relationships with the UK Overseas Territories to develop capacity in areas of specialised marine science. Supporting the Territories to improve their understanding of the marine environment, by way of increased knowledge, will enable them to better manage their marine estates and as such be well placed to address international obligations, such as those outlined under UNCLOS and associated agreements like the Convention on Biological Diversity.


Alan is also leading the NOC contribution to the UK Prime Ministers initative to help Commonwealth Small Island Developing States develop their Blue Economies and become more resilient to the impacts of climate change. The initiative is a collaborative programme between the NOC, CEFAS and the UKHO.


Alan has contributed to a number of major EU programmes. He was regional coordinator for the Celtic Sea region in EMODnet Bathymetry, he also lead the Marine Spatial Planning tool element of the EU ACCESS project.



Berndt, Christian; Jacobs, Colin; Evans, Alan; Gay, Aurélien; Elliott, Gavin; Long, David; Hitchen, Kenneth. 2012 Kilometre-scale polygonal seabed depressions in the Hatton Basin, NE Atlantic Ocean: constraints on the origin of polygonal faulting. Marine Geology, 332-334. 126-133.10.1016/j.margeo.2012.09.013
German, C.R.; Bennett, S.A.; Connelly, D.P.; Evans, A.J.; Murton, B.J.; Parson, L.M.; Prien, R.D.; Ramirez-Llodra, E.; Jakuba, M.; Shank, T.M.; Yoerger, D.R.; Baker, E.T.; Walker, S.L.; Nakamura, K.. 2008 Hydrothermal activity on the southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge: Tectonically- and volcanically-controlled venting at 4–5°S. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 273 (3-4). 332-344.10.1016/j.epsl.2008.06.048
New, A.L.; Stansfield, K.; Smythe-Wright, D.; Smeed, D.A.; Evans, A.J.; Alderson, S.G.. 2005 Physical and biochemical aspects of the flow across the Mascarene Plateau in the Indian Ocean. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London A, 363 (1826). 151-168.10.1098/rsta.2004.1484
Parson, L.M.; Evans, A.J.. 2005 Seafloor topography and tectonic elements of the Western Indian Ocean. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London A, 363 (1826). 15-24.10.1098/rsta.2004.1472
German, C.R.; Connelly, D.P.; Evans, A.J.; Murton, B.J.; Curewitz, D.; Okino, K.; Statham, P.J.; Parson, L.M.. 2001 Hydrothermal activity along the central Indian Ridge: ridges, hotspots and philately. EOS: Transactions American Geophysical Union, 82 (47, Supplement). p.F663.


Wynn, R.B.; Bett, B.J.; Evans, A.J.; Griffiths, G.; Huvenne, V.A.I.; Jones, A.R.; Palmer, M.R.; Dove, D.; Howe, J.A.; Boyd, T.J.; MAREMAP partners , .. 2013 Investigating the feasibility of utilizing AUV and Glider technology for mapping and monitoring of the UK MPA network. Final report for Defra project MB0118. Southampton, National Oceanography Centre, 244pp. (UNSPECIFIED) (Unpublished)
Evans, A.J.. 2012 Development of Marine Spatial Planning concept and principal framework: EU ACCESS project. Southampton, National Oceanography Centre. (UNSPECIFIED) (Unpublished)
Evans, A.J.; Murton, B.J.. 2012 The State of seafloor massive sulphide exploration in 2012: Position Paper. Southampton, National Oceanography Centre, 7pp. (UNSPECIFIED) (Unpublished)