Sam B. Cornish

Sam B. Cornish

Tel: (+44) seven seven 25476970

I’m interested in the dynamics of the Arctic Ocean. It is a complicated space and one which is sparsely observed and difficult to model. This means we still have a lot to learn.

The Arctic is changing rapidly, and hosts systems that are sensitive to change. Although it is a comparitively small ocean, it plays an important role in larger scale ocean circulation and climate.

My research aim is to understand the processes controlling changes in Arctic freshwater content.

The physical dynamics of the Arctic encompass atmospheric, oceanic and cryospheric processes. These systems are interlinked at the surface of the ocean. As an ocean that is stratified by salinity (how salty a layer of water is determines its position in the water column), freshwater in the Arctic represents an important control on these linkages, because its abundance modulates connection between the ocean interior and the surface.

My interest is both in the fundamental physics of the Arctic ocean and atmosphere circulation, and its representation in climate models. I use linear response theory to interrogate coupled climate models and evaluate the way they represent these systems.

Cornish Academic CV

  • M. Muilwijk, M. Ilicak, S. B. Cornish, S. Danilov, R. Gelderloos, R. Gerdes, V. Haid, T. W. N. Haine, H. L. Johnson, Y. Kostov, T. Kovács, C. Lique, J. M. Marson, P. G. Myers, J. Scott, L. H. Smedsrud, C. Talandier, Q. Wang, 2019. Arctic Ocean Response to Greenland Sea wind anomalies in a suite of model simulations. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans. DOI: 10.1029/2019JC015101
  • M.P. Searle, S.B. Cornish, A.W. Heard, J-H. Charles, J.D. Branch, 2019. Structure of the Northern Moine Thrust zone, Loch Eriboll, Scottish Caledonides. Tectonophysics. DOI:
  • H.L. Johnson, S.B. Cornish, Y. Kostov, E. Beer, C. Lique, 2018. Arctic Ocean freshwater content and its decadal memory of sea-level pressure. Geophysical Research Letters. DOI: 10.1029/2017GL076870
  • S. Cornish and M. Searle, 2017. 3D geometry and kinematic evolution of the Wadi Mayh sheath fold, Oman, using detailed mapping from high-resolution photography. Journal of Structural Geology 101, 26-42. DOI: 10.1016/j.jsg.2017.06.009