Dr Val Byfield

Marine Physics and Ocean Climate
+44 (0)23 8059 6405

As deputy science co-ordinator for the NERC RAPID programme, I am particularly interested in research into the role of the Atlantic overturning circulation in the Earth's climate system, and see my role as increasing public awareness of rapid climate change research through the project website and by other means. Education outreach and public understanding of science has been a major part of my work for the last 15 years. This included coordinating the input of 27 international science partners into the Volvo Ocean Adventure, participation in the Cape Farewell project bringing artists, educators and scientists together to raise awareness of climate change. Through the UNESCO Bilko and ESA LearnEO! I contribute to the development and distribution of Earth observation education resources for  use in workshops and university courses around the world.

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Book section

Kapur, Ravi; Byfield, Val; Del Frate, Cabio; Higgins, Mark; Jagannathan, Sheila. 2018 The digital transformation of education. In: Mathieu, P-P.; Aubrecht, C., (eds.)Earth Observation Open Science and Innovation. Cham, Springer, 25-42. (ISSI Scientific Report, 15).
Byfield, Valborg; Bernard, Stewart; Dobson, Malcolm; Edwards, Alasdair J.; Louw, Deon C.; Oben, Benedicta M.; Robinson, Ian S.; Shaghude, Yohanna; Whittle, Christo. 2012 BILKO and African capacity development in coastal and marine remote sensing. In:Proceedings of the IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium 2012. Piscataway, NJ, USA, IEEE, 7369-7372.
Sathyedranath, Shubha; Ahanhanzo, Justin; Bernard, Stewart; Byfield, Valborg; Delaney, Lisa; Dowell, Mark; Field, John; Groom, Steve; Hardman-Mountford, Nick; Hoepffner, Nicolas; Jacobs, Tim; Kampel, Milton; Kumar, Srinivas; Lutz, Vivian; Platt, Trevor. 2010 ChloroGIN: use of satellite and in situ data in support of ecosystem-based management of marine resources. In: Hall, J.; Harrison, D.E.; Stammer, D., (eds.)Proceedings of OceanObs'09: Sustained Ocean Observations and Information for Society, Vol. 2. Noordwijk, The Netherlands, European Space Agency, 865-871. (ESA Special Publication, WPP-306).
Alawadi, Fahad; Amos, Carl; Byfield, Valborg; Petrov, Peter. 2008 The application of hyperspectral image techniques on MODIS data for the detection of oil spill in RSA. In: Michel, Ulrich; Civco, Daniel L.; Ehlers, Manfred; Kaufmann, Hermann J., (eds.)Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring, GIS Applications, and Geology VIII. Bellingham, USA, International Society for Optical Engineering, 71100Q. (Proceedings of SPIE, 7110).
Carnesecchi, F.; Byfield, V.; Cipollini, P.; Corsini, G.; Diani, M.. 2008 An optical model for the interpretation of remotely sensed multispectral images of oil spill. In: Bostater, Charles R.; Mertikas, Stelios P.; Neyt, Xavier; Velez-Reyes, Miguel, (eds.)Remote Sensing of the Ocean, Sea Ice, and Large Water Regions 2008. Bellingham, USA, International Society for Optical Engineering, 710504. (Proceedings of SPIE, 7105).
Byfield, V.. 2006 The Atlantic Conveyor. In:Burning ice: art and climate change. London, UK, Cape Farewell, 22-25, 177pp.
Byfield, V.. 2006 The North Atlantic Carbon Conveyor. In:Burning ice: art and climate change. London, UK, Cape Farewell, 74-75, 177pp.


Popova, E.; Yool, A.; Byfield, V.; Cochrane, K.; Coward, A.C.; Salim, S.S.; Gasalla, M.A.; Henson, S.A.; Hobday, A.J.; Pecl, G.; Sauer, W.; Roberts, M.. 2016 From global to regional and back again: common climate stressors of marine ecosystems relevant for adaptation across five ocean warming hotspots. Global Change Biology, 22 (6). 2038-2053.10.1111/gcb.13247
Gade, Martin; Byfield, Valborg; Ermakov, Stanislav; Lavrova, Olga; Mitnik, Leonid. 2013 Slicks as indicators for marine processes. Oceanography, 26 (2). 10.5670/oceanog.2013.39
Byfield, V.; Robertson, C.; Boxall, S.. 2003 Using oceanography to teach the Science Curriculum. Education in Science (204). 21-23.
Byfield, V.; Boxall, S.. 2002 The Volvo Ocean Adventure. Ocean Challenge, 11 (3). 6-10.

Conference item

King, Wendy; Greef, Robert; Byfield, Valborg; Ermakov, Stanislav; Frey, Jeremy G.. 2009 Characterisation of the sea surface microlayer - using Langmuir films and ellipsometry. [Poster] In: Canadian Meterological and Oceanographic Society 2009 Congress, Halifax, Canada, 31 May - 05 Jun 2009. Southampton, UK, University of Southampton. (Unpublished)
Joseph, Margaret; Quartly, Graham D.; Robertson, Colette; Byfield, Valborg; Harris, Ray. 2005 Application of clustering techniques to multispectral optical data over the ocean. In: MERIS (A)ATSR Workshop 2005, Frascati, Italy, 26-30 Sep 2005. Noordwijk, The Netherlands, ESA.


Byfield, V.; Fletcher, S.; Coward, A.C.; Boxall, S.. 2003 The High Arctic/North to Svalbard. London, UK, Cape Farewell/Geographical Association.