Oceanography, Climate and Palaeoenvironment

Observation, analysis and modelling of the biology, chemistry and physics of the ocean system integrates with study of the past from sediments and elsewhere (e.g. cave deposits) to assess the operation of the climate system in varied modes, and at a range of timescales. The Department’s physical oceanography research is also a core component of Oxford’s membership of an Academic Partnership with the UK Met Office, a mechanism for the Met Office to incorporate new academic research into its climate forecasting, models, services and policies, and to indicate (and fund) research to address specific scientific challenges.

Faculty working in this area include:

Heather Bouman (biological oceanography)
Gideon Henderson (paleoclimate and ocean chemistry)
Hugh Jenkyns (stratigraphy and past environments)
Helen Johnson (physical oceanography)
Tamsin Mather (environmental mercury chemistry)
Don Porcelli (environmental geochemistry, ocean chemistry)
David Pyle (climate and volcanism)
Ros Rickaby (biogeochemistry and past climates)
Stuart Robinson (stratigraphy and past environments)
Nick Tosca (stratigraphy and past environments)

Groups associated with this theme include:

Chemical Sedimentology (Tosca)
Isotopes and Climate
Physical Oceanography (Johnson)
Ocean Biogeochemistry (Rickaby)
Stratigraphy and sedimentology (Jenkyns / Robinson / Tosca)

Links to research programmes with department involvement:

The 21st Century Ocean Institute (James Martin School)
GEOTRACES ocean chemistry programme
IKIMP Mercury Knowledge Exchange