Current funded projects
An ocean glider based, long-term study of oxygen dynamics on continental shelf seas. NERC-DEFRA-WWF funded project. I am the project PI.
A GCRF funded programme that brings together recent advances in marine technologies, local knowledge and research expertise to address challenges facing the Western Indian Ocean region. I lead on the robotics workpackage.
EU H2020 programme aimed at improving international links and capability with marine robotic systems and vehicles. I am co-PI and NOC lead.
Combining Autonomous observations and Models for Predicting and Understanding Shelf seas. NERC-DEFRA-WWF funded project.
iFADO: Innovation Framework of the Atlantic DeepOcean. EU Interreg funded
Previously funded projects and large programmes
Pycnocline Mixing in Shelf Seas (PycnMix)
PycnMix brings together two decades of shelf sea data with state-of-the-art, high-resolution LES modeling to investigate the predictability of pycnocline turbulence and mixing to improve regional scale ocean models.
Fluxes Across Sloping Topography of the North East Atlantic (FASTNEt)
FASTNEt recognises that shelf seas are a critical interface, linking the terrestrial, atmospheric and oceanic carbon pools and acting as a physical gateway to key biogeochemical fluxes. We are therefore seeking to establish collaborations within our field and modelling programmes to combine our physical science advances with linked advances in biogeochemical processes and exchanges in shelf seas and at ocean margins. More at https://www.sams.ac.uk/fastnet
CArbon/Nutrient DYnamics and FLuxes Over Shelf Systems (CANDYFLOSS)
The goal of this project is to quantify the role of shelf seas in the global nutrient and carbon cycles. Our goal will be realised via dedicated process studies in the Celtic Sea to improve our understanding of the mechanisms by which the biogeochemical cycling of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus and silicate in a shelf sea system support the net sequestration of carbon in the deep ocean, enabling the identification of drivers which may be susceptible to ongoing or future environmental changes.
AtlantOS (Optimizing and enhancing the Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System)
EU H2020: ‘Blue Growth’ project designed to improve the readiness of existing ocean observing networks and data systems, as well as strengthening Europe’s contribution to the Global Ocean Observing System. I am a task leader in WP4.2 “Optimised shelf physical and biogeochemical sampling” which primarily uses ocean gliders to test shelf-wide ocean monitoring capability.
UK Ocean Acidification, Shelf Sea Consortium
Investigating how ocean acidification will affect surface ocean biology, biogeochemistry and climate? More at www.surfaceoa.org.uk
NERC Marine Autonomous Robotic Systems
Much of my current research is centred around using ocean gliders to supplement shelf sea process studies and long term measurement programmes. More at https://noc.ac.uk/technology/technology-development/marine-autonomous-ro...
Ocean Surface Mixing, Ocean Sub-mesoscale Interaction Study (OSMOSIS)
OSMOSIS aims to develop new parameterisations of processes that deepen and shoal the ocean surface boundary layer and to implement and evaluate these parameterisations in a state-of-the-art global coupled climate model, facilitating improved weather and climate predictions.
Liverpool Bay Coastal Observatory (CObs)
CObs was operational in the Eastern Irish Sea between 2002 and 2012. Although the project ended in April 2012 it provides a unique dataset comprised of timeseries from a number of different platforms measuring physical and biogeochemical parameters in the highly dynamic and complex Liverpool Bay. This rich archive is available for public use and remains a major part of my current research.