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Marine Physics and Ocean Climate
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Research Interests

  • Understanding the physical dynamics of coastal and shelf seas
  • Measuring and understanding oceanic turbulence and mixing
  • Using ocean gliders as a novel measurement platform
  • Integration of ocean observations and numerical models to better understand our oceans
  • Understanding physical controls on primary production of phytoplankton and biogeochemical cycles.

PhD students

Mr Jan-Torben Witte: A coupled CFD and observational approach to improve measurements of ocean turbulence from gliders

Mr Tobias Ehmen (co-supervisor): Listening to the Oceans: Autonomous Acoustic Imaging of Oceanic Structure

Ms Jennifer Jardine: Using ocean gliders to understand the physical controls on phytoplankton variability in coastal and shelf seas

Ms Anastasiia Domina: The life cycle of high-frequency internal waves in shelf seas; from generation to dissipation

Most recent papers (see publications for full list)

  • Lucas NS,  Grant ALM, Rippeth TP, Polton JA, Brannigan L, Belcher S, Palmer MR. (2019) Evolution of Oceanic Near Surface Stratification in Response to an Autumn Storm. J. Physical Oceanography (accepted August 2019)
  • Luneva, M. V.,  Wakelin, S., Holt, J. T., Inall, M. E.,  Kozlov, I. E., Palmer, M. R., et al ( 2019).  Challenging vertical turbulence mixing schemes in a tidally energetic environment: Part I. 3D shelf‐sea model assessment. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 124.
  • Brereton, A., Tejada-Martínez, AE., Palmer, MR; Polton JA. (2019) The perturbation method - A novel large-eddy simulation technique to model realistic turbulence: Application to tidal flow. Ocean Modelling, 135. 31-39.<
  • Evans, DG, Lucas, NS, Hemsley, V, Frajka-Williams, E, Naveira Garabato AC, Martin, A, Painter, SC, Inall, ME, Palmer,MR. (2018) Annual cycle of turbulent dissipation estimated from seagliders. Geophysical Research Letters, 45 (19). 10,560-10,569.