Dr Jeff Polton

Group: 
Marine Systems Modelling
Email: 
jelt@noc.ac.uk
Location: 
Liverpool
Telephone: 
+44 (0)151 795 4832

Improved model representation of coastal ocean mixing: Observation motived improvement of numerical simualtion of shallow seas mixing. Including optical processes and turbulent processes.

Shelf edge exchange: Processes and timescales responsible for cross shelf exchange.

Wave induced influences on the ocean mixed layer: Using numerical simulations to investigate processes that influence the Ekman layer mean flow, the interactions between internal waves and surface waves and understanding the effects on upper ocean turbulence and ocean mixing.

Current projects include:

  • anyTide: Tidal predictions anywhere along the UK coast that can also be used offline via the use of bookmarks (available via the App Store)
  • North Sea Interactive: A decision-support tool to guide environmental monitoring by the oil and gas industry
  • OSMOSIS: Ocean Surface Mixing, Ocean Submesoscale Interaction Study
  • FASTNEt: Fluxes Across Sloping Topography of the North East Atlantic. Consortium funded from the NERC Ocean Shelf Edge Exchange Research Programme.
  • PycnMix: Pycnocline Mixing in Shelf Seas
  • QICS: Quantifying and Monitoring Potential Ecosystem Impacts of Geological Carbon Storage
  • SSB: Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry

Current Roles and Appointments

NOC Liverpool postgraduate admissions tutor.

Marine Systems Modelling subgroup leader.

Honorary Senior Fellow in the University of Liverpool, School of Environmental Science.

Publications

BC Pearson, ALM. Grant, JA Polton, SE Belcher (2015) The structure of Langmuir turbulence produced by a spectrum of ocean surface waves. Ocean Dynamics,  (subm.).

S Chen, JA Polton, J Hu, J Xing (2016), Thermocline bulk shear analysis in the northern North Sea, Ocean Dynamics, (accepted).

S Chen, JA Polton, J Hu, J Xing (2015), Local inertial oscillations in the surface ocean generated by time-varying winds, Ocean Dynamics, 65, 1633-1641, doi: 10.1007/s10236-015-0899-6 .

Guihou, Polton (2015), Improving understanding of shelf-sea exchange, Ocean Challenge, Vol. 21, No.1, pp26-27.

BC Pearson, A Grant, JA Polton, SE Belcher (2015), Langmuir turbulence and surface heating in the ocean surface boundary layer, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 45, 2897--2911, doi: 10.1175/JPO-D-15-0018.1.

J Phelps, JC Blackford, JT Holt, JA Polton (2015), Modelling Large-Scale CO2 Leakages in the North Sea, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 38, 210-220. doi: 10.1016/j.ijggc.2014.10.013 (open access). Abstract&PDF.

J Phelps, JA Polton, AJ Souza, LA Robinson (2015), Behaviour influences larval dispersal in shelf sea gyres: Nephrops norvegicus in the Irish Sea, Mar. Ecol.-Prog. Ser., 518, 177-191, doi: 10.3354/meps11040. (open access). Abstract&PDF.

S Chen, J Hu, JA Polton (2015) Features of near-inertial motions observed on the northern South China Sea shelf during the passage of two typhoons. Acta Oceanologica Sinica, 34(1), 38-43. doi: 10.1007/s13131-015-0594-yAbstract&PDF.

JA Polton (2015), Tidally induced mean flow over bathymetric features: A contemporary challenge for high-resolution wide-area models. Geophys. & Astrophys. Fluid Dyn., 109:3, 207-215, doi:10.1080/03091929.2014.952726Abstract&PDF.

J Mead Silvester, Y-D Lenn, JA Polton, TP Rippeth, M Morales-Maqueda (2014), Observations of a diapycnal shortcut to adiabatic upwelling of Antarctic Circumpolar Deep Water. GRL, 41(22), 7950-7956, doi: 10.1002/2014GL061538. (open access). Abstract&PDF.

MJ Howarth, CA Balfour, RJJ Player, JA Polton (2014), Assessment of coastal density gradients near a macro-tidal estuary: Application to the Mersey and Liverpool Bay.Cont. Shelf Res, 87, 73-83. doi:10.1016/j.csr.2013.11.016Abstract&PDF.

JA Polton, YD Lenn, S Elipot, TK Chereskin, J Sprintall (2013), Can Drake Passage observations match Ekman's classic theory? J. Phys. Oceanogr.,  43 (8), 1733-1740, doi:10.1175/JPO-D-13-034.1 Abstract&PDF.

JA Polton, MR Palmer, MJ Howarth (2013), The vertical structure of time-mean estuarine circulation in a shallow, rotating, semi-enclosed coastal bay: A Liverpool Bay case study with application for monitoring. Cont. Shelf Res.,59, 115-126, doi:10.1016/j.csr.2013.03.004Abstract&PDF.

J Phelps, JA Polton, AJ Souza, LA Robinson (2013), Hydrodynamic Timescales in a Hyper-tidal Region of Freshwater Influence. Cont. Shelf Res., 63, 13-22, doi:10.1016/j.csr.2013.04.027Abstract&PDF.

MR Palmer, JA Polton, ME Inall, TP Rippeth, JAM Green, J Sharples, JH Simpson (2013), Variable Behavior In Pycnocline Mixing Over Shelf Seas. Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, doi: 10.1029/2012GL054638. Abstract&PDF.

CK O'Neill, JA Polton, JT Holt, EJ O'Dea (2012), Modelling temperature and salinity in Liverpool Bay and the Irish Sea: Sensitivity to model type and surface forcing. Ocean Sci.8, 903-913. doi:10.5194/os-8-903-2012. Abstract&PDF.

SE Belcher, A Grant, K Hanley, B Fox-Kemper, L Van Roekel, PP Sullivan, WG Large. A Brown, A Hines, D Calvert, A Rutgersson, H Pettersson, JR Bidlot, PAEM Janssen,JA Polton(2012), A global perspective on Langmuir turbulence in the ocean surface boundary layer. Geophys. Res. Lett. doi:10.1029/2012GL052932. Abstract&PDF.

C Neil, A Cunningham, D McKee, JA Polton (2012) Remote sensing of seasonal stratification dynamics in the southern Irish Sea. Remote Sensing of Environment127, 288-297. Abstract&PDF.

J Hopkins, JA Polton (2012), Scales and structure of frontal adjustment and freshwater export in a region of freshwater influence, Ocean Dynamics62 (1). 45-62. 10.1007/s10236-011-0475-7Abstract&PDF.

JA Polton, MR Palmer, MJ Howarth (2011), Physical and dynamical oceanography of Liverpool Bay. Ocean Dynamics61(9), 1421-1439. DOI:10.1007/s10236-011-0431-6. Abstract&PDF.

MR Palmer, JA Polton (2011), A strain induced freshwater pump in the Liverpool Bay ROFI. Ocean Dynamics61(11), 1905-1915. DOI: 10.1007/s10236-011-0430-7. Abstract&PDF.

JA Polton (2009), A wave averaged energy equation: Comment on "Global Estimates of Wind Energy Input to Subinertial Motions in the Ekman-Stokes Layer" by Bin Liu, Kejian Wu and Changlong Guan. J. Oceanogr. Soc. Japan65 (5), pp665-668. Abstract&PDF

AE Tejada-Mart?nez, CE Grosch, AE Gargett, JA Polton, JA Smith, JA MacKinnon (2009). A Hybrid Spectral/Finite-difference Large-eddy Simulator of Turbulent Processes in the Upper Ocean, Ocean Modelling30, pp115-142. Abstract.

JA Polton, JA Smith, JA MacKinnon, AE Tejada-Martínez (2008) Rapid generation of high-frequency internal waves beneath a wind and wave forced oceanic surface mixed-layer. Geophys. Res. Lett.35, L13602, doi:10.1029/2008GL033856. Abstract&PDF

JA Polton, SE Belcher (2007). Langmuir Turbulence and deeply penetrating jets in an unstratified mixed layer. JGR-Oceans, 112, C09020, doi:10.1029/2007JC004205. Abstract&PDF

JA Polton, DP Marshall (2007). Overturning Cells in the Southern Ocean and subtropical gyres. Ocean Sci, 3(1), pp17-30. Abstract&PDF

P Cessi, WR Young, JA Polton (2006). Control of large-scale ocean heat transport by small-scale mixing. J Phy Oceanogr, 36, pp1877-1894. Abstract&PDF

JA Polton, DM Lewis, SE Belcher (2005). The role of the wave-induced Coriolis-Stokes forcing on the wind-driven mixed layer. J Phy Oceanogr, 35(4), pp444-457. Abstract&PDF

JA Polton, DP Marshall (2003). Understanding the Structure of the Subtropical Thermocline., J Phy Oceanogr, 33(6), pp1240-1249. Abstract&PDF

H Brix, JL Hench, HL Johnson, TMS Johnston, JA Polton, M Roughan, P Testor (2003) An International Perspective on Graduate Education in Physical Oceanography. Oceanography, 16(3), pp128-133. Abstract&PDF

JA Polton (2002) Home-made barometers under pressure.  Weather, 57(7), pp255-258. PDF

JA Polton (2002 )Understanding the Vertical Structure of the Subtropical Thermocline. PhD thesis, Reading, UK. Abstract&PDF

 

 

 

Publications

Article

Chen, Shengli; Polton, Jeff A.; Hu, Jianyu; Xing, Jiuxing. 2016 Thermocline bulk shear analysis in the northern North Sea. Ocean Dynamics, 66 (4). 499-508.10.1007/s10236-016-0933-3
Phelps, Jack J.C.; Blackford, Jerry C.; Holt, Jason T.; Polton, Jeff A.. 2015 Modelling Large-Scale CO2 Leakages in the North Sea. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 38. 210-220.10.1016/j.ijggc.2014.10.013
Polton, Jeff A. 2015 Tidally induced mean flow over bathymetric features: a contemporary challenge for high-resolution wide-area models [in special issue: The dynamics of shelf seas Special Issue] Geophysical & Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics, 109 (3). 207-215.10.1080/03091929.2014.952726
Phelps, Jack J.C.; Polton, Jeff A.; Souza, Alejandro J.; Robinson, Leonie A. 2015 Behaviour influences larval dispersal in shelf sea gyres: Nephrops norvegicus in the Irish Sea. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 518. 177-191.10.3354/meps11040
Guihou, Karen; Polton, Jeff. 2015 Improving understanding of shelf-sea exchange. Ocean Challenge, 21 (1). 26-27.
Chen, Shengli; Polton, Jeff A.; Hu, Jianyu; Xing, Jiuxing. 2015 Local inertial oscillations in the surface ocean generated by time-varying winds. Ocean Dynamics, 65 (12). 1633-1641.10.1007/s10236-015-0899-6
Pearson, Brodie C.; Grant, Alan L. M.; Polton, Jeff A.; Belcher, Stephen E.. 2015 Langmuir turbulence and surface heating in the Ocean Surface Boundary Layer. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 45 (12). 2897-2911.10.1175/JPO-D-15-0018.1
Mead Silvester, J.; Lenn, Yueng-Djern; Polton, Jeff A.; Rippeth, Tom P.; Morales Maqueda, M.. 2014 Observations of a diapycnal shortcut to adiabatic upwelling of Antarctic Circumpolar Deep Water. Geophysical Research Letters, 41 (22). 7950-7956.10.1002/2014GL061538
Howarth, M.J.; Balfour, C.A.; Player, R.J.J.; Polton, J.A.. 2014 Assessment of coastal density gradients near a macro-tidal estuary: Application to the Mersey and Liverpool Bay. Continental Shelf Research, 87. 73-83.10.1016/j.csr.2013.11.016
Phelps, Jack J.C.; Polton, Jeff A.; Souza, Alejandro J.; Robinson, Leonie A.. 2013 Hydrodynamic timescales in a hyper-tidal region of freshwater influence. Continental Shelf Research, 63. 13-22.10.1016/j.csr.2013.04.027
Polton, Jeff A.; Lenn, Yueng-Djern; Elipot, Shane; Chereskin, Teresa K.; Sprintall, Janet. 2013 Can Drake Passage Observations Match Ekman's Classic Theory? Journal of Physical Oceanography, 43 (8). 1733-1740.10.1175/JPO-D-13-034.1
Palmer, Matthew Robert; Polton, Jeff A.; Inall, Mark E; Rippeth, Tom; Green, Mattias; Sharples, Jonathan; Simpson, John. 2013 Variable behavior in pycnocline mixing over shelf seas. Geophysical Research Letters, 40 (1). 161-166.10.1029/2012GL054638
Belcher, Stephen E.; Grant, Alan A.L.M.; Hanley, Kirsty E.; Fox-Kemper, Baylor; Van Roekel, Luke; Sullivan, Peter P.; Large, William G.; Brown, Andy; Hines, Adrian; Calvert, Daley; Rutgersson, Anna; Pettersson, Heidi; Bidlot, Jean-Raymond; Janssen, Peter A.E.M.; Polton, Jeff A.. 2012 A global perspective on Langmuir turbulence in the ocean surface boundary layer. Geophysical Research Letters, 39. L18605.10.1029/2012GL052932
Neil, Claire; Cunningham, Alex; McKee, David; Polton, Jeff A.. 2012 Remote sensing of seasonal stratification dynamics in the southern Irish Sea. Remote Sensing of Environment, 127. 288-297.10.1016/j.rse.2012.09.010
Polton, Jeffrey A.; Palmer, Matthew Robert; Howarth, Michael John. 2011 Physical and dynamical oceanography of Liverpool Bay. Ocean Dynamics, 61 (9). 1421-1439.10.1007/s10236-011-0431-6
Palmer, Matthew Robert; Polton, Jeff A.. 2011 A strain-induced freshwater pump in the Liverpool Bay ROFI. Ocean Dynamics, 61 (11). 1905-1915.10.1007/s10236-011-0430-7
Tejada-Martinez, Andres E.; Grosch, Chester E.; Gargett, Ann E.; Polton, Jeff A.; Smith, Jerome A.; MacKinnon, J. A.. 2009 A hybrid spectral/finite-difference large-eddy simulator of turbulent processes in the upper ocean. Ocean Modelling, 30 (2-3). 115-142.10.1016/j.ocemod.2009.06.008
Polton, Jeff A.; Smith, Jerome A.; MacKinnon, J. A.; Tejada-Martinez, Andres E.. 2008 Rapid generation of high-frequency internal waves beneath a wind and wave forced oceanic surface mixed layer. Geophysical Research Letters, 35, L13602. 5, pp.10.1029/2008GL033856