University of East Anglia (UEA)

Description of the organisation

The University of East Anglia’s (UEA) School of Environmental Sciences (ENV) is an internationally renowned centre for marine, atmospheric and climate research. In the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise, 88% of our research was judged as world leading or internationally excellent, and we were placed 1st in the UK for research impact. UEA was ranked 1st in the world for academic citations by paper in the Earth and Marine Sciences in the 2018 QS World University Rankings.

Expertise particularly relevant for the project

The Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences in ENV brings together specialists in ocean and atmospheric physics and chemistry. Drs Dorothee Bakker and Matthew Humphreys are experts in the interactions of marine biogeochemical cycles with ocean physics and climate. Dorothee Bakker’s research has highlighted rapid changes in CO2 air-sea fluxes during seasonal ice melt. In 2011, she participated in a site survey of cold water corals on the Mingulay Reef Complex, Scotland, triggering her interest in these reef-building organisms on the Atlantic shelf edges. Bakker’s PhD students investigate topics as diverse as the impacts of ocean acidification and warming on marine pteropods, sea ice physics, biogeochemical sensors on gliders and floats, and carbon dynamics at the land- ocean interface. Matthew Humphreys is a specialist in seawater biogeochemistry and has produced 20+ seawater carbonate chemistry datasets from scientific research cruises. His theoretical work has provided new insights into the influences of temperature and biogeochemistry on ocean acidification and air-sea CO2 exchange. He has a strong background in scientific programming (MATLAB, Python, Fortran) and is familiar with analysis involving many varied datasets including GLODAPv2 (, model output, and satellite data products. This analysis has let to new evaluations of the changes in the North Atlantic carbonate system and an improved understanding of the role of the northwest European shelf seas in exporting CO2 to the interior ocean.

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