Dr Joanne Hopkins

Marine Physics and Ocean Climate
+44 (0)151 795 4859

Research Interests

  • Physical shelf sea dynamics and ocean-shelf exchange processes
  • The role of shelf dynamics in the cycling of carbon and nutrients
  • Dynamics and frontogenesis in regions of fresh water influence
  • Ocean front and fresh water plume detection and monitoring from satellite data
  • Coupling of remote sensing and in-situ observations to extend the temporal and spatial context of measurements


CArbon/Nutrient DYnamics and FLuxes Over Shelf Systems (CANDYFLOSS):

A NERC funded consortium within the Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry Programme. CANDYFLOSS aims to (1) estimate the size of the shelf carbon pump over the whole NW European shelf, and its relationship to the global carbon cycle, and (2) determine the relative importance of external nutrient sources and internal biogeochemical cycling in maintaining the pump (http://www.nerc.ac.uk/research/funded/programmes/shelfsea/wp1-summary.pdf).


Fluxes Across Sloping Topogrpahy of the North East Atlantic (FASTNEt):

A NERC funded consortium aiming to construct a new paradigm of Ocean/Shelf exchange using novel observations and model techniques to resolve the key seasonal, interannual and regional variation absent from existing  knowledge (http://www.nerc.ac.uk/research/funded/programmes/shelfedge/fastnet-summary.pdf).


Congo Plume:

A remote sensing based project in collaboration with CLS (http://www.cls.fr/en/) investiagting the dynamics of the Congo River Plume

Liverpool Bay Coastal Observatory:






Balfour, C.; Hopkins, J.; Kenny, J.; Jones, D.S.; Jones, E.. 2016 NOC Liverpool report for the Wirewalker underwater profiler deployment for the RidgeMix research programme. Southampton, National Oceanography Centre, 36pp. (National Oceanography Centre Research and Consultancy Report, 57)


Porter, M.; Inall, M.E.; Hopkins, J.; Palmer, M.R.; Dale, A.C.; Aleynik, D.; Barth, J.A.; Mahaffey, C.; Smeed, D.A.. 2016 Glider observations of enhanced deep water upwelling at a shelf break canyon: a mechanism for cross-slope carbon and nutrient exchange. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 121 (10). 7575-7588.10.1002/2016JC012087
Stephenson, Gordon R.; Hopkins, Joanne E.; Green, J.A. Mattias; Inall, Mark E.; Palmer, Matthew R.. 2015 Baroclinic energy flux at the continental shelf edge modified by wind-mixing. Geophysical Research Letters, 42 (6). 1826-1833.10.1002/2014GL062627
Vlasenko, Vasiliy; Stashchuk, Nataliya; Inall, Mark E.; Hopkins, Joanne E.. 2014 Tidal energy conversion in a global hot spot: On the 3-D dynamics of baroclinic tides at the Celtic Sea shelf break. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 119 (6). 3249-3265.10.1002/2013JC009708
Hopkins, Joanne E.; Stephenson, Gordon R.; Green, J. Mattias; Inall, Mark E.. 2014 Storms modify baroclinic energy fluxes in a seasonally stratified shelf sea: inertial-tidal interaction. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 119 (10). 6863-6883.10.1002/2014JC010011
Hopkins, Jo; Lucas, Marc; Dufau, Claire; Sutton, Marion; Stum, Jacques; Lauret, Olivier; Channelliere, Claire. 2013 Detection and variability of the Congo River plume from satellite derived sea surface temperature, salinity, ocean colour and sea level. Remote Sensing of Environment, 139. 365-385.10.1016/j.rse.2013.08.015
Hopkins, J.; Sharples, J.; Huthnance, J.M.. 2012 On-shelf transport of slope water lenses within the seasonal pycnocline. Geophysical Research Letters, 39 (8). L08604.10.1029/2012GL051388
Holt, Jason; Hughes, Sarah; Hopkins, Joanne; Wakelin, Sarah L.; Holliday, N. Penny; Dye, Stephen; González-Pola, César; Hjøllo, Solfrid Sætre; Mork, Kjell Arne; Nolan, Glen; Proctor, Roger; Read, Jane; Shammon, Theresa; Sherwin, Toby; Smyth, Tim; Tattersall, Graham; Ward, Ben; Wiltshire, Karen Helen. 2012 Multi-decadal variability and trends in the temperature of the northwest European continental shelf: A model-data synthesis. Progress in Oceanography, 106. 96-117.10.1016/j.pocean.2012.08.001
Hopkins, Jo; Challenor, Peter; Shaw, Andrew G.P.. 2010 A new statistical modeling approach to ocean front detection from SST satellite images. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 27 (1). 173-191.10.1175/2009JTECHO684.1
Hopkins, Joanne; Shaw, A.G.P.; Challenor, P.. 2010 The Southland Front, New Zealand: Variability and ENSO correlations. Continental Shelf Research, 30 (14). 1535-1548 .10.1016/j.csr.2010.05.016


Hopkins, Joanne. 2008 Statistical Modelling and Variability of the Subtropical Front, New Zealand. University of Southampton, School of Ocean and Earth Science, PhD Thesis, 211pp.