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Prof Ric Williams BSc, MSc, PhD

Professor Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences

    Research

    Research Interest 1

    In my research, I focus on addressing different questions as to how the climate system operates:
    How is the ocean warming and heat storage linked to ocean circulation?
    How is surface warming linked to carbon emissions?
    Why do plankton flourish over some parts of the ocean and not others?
    How similar is the behaviour of the Gulf Stream in the ocean and the Jet Stream in the atmosphere?
    How is the ocean carbon cycle affected by ocean physics and biology?

    Research Group Membership
    Research Grants

    How does ocean warming and steric sea level rise depend on carbon emissions?

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

    May 2014 - April 2016

    The UK Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic Program (UK-OSNAP)

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

    January 2014 - January 2019

    FASTNET - Fluxes Across the Sloping Topography of the North East Atlantic

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

    April 2012 - October 2016

    Climate variability in the North Atlantic Ocean: wind-induced changes in heat content, sea level and overturning.

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

    January 2011 - May 2014

    Dynamical Regimes in the Deep Ocean.

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

    July 1999 - July 2002

    A monitoring array along the western margin of the Atlantic.

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

    May 2003 - April 2009

    Does nutrient transport control phytoplankton blooms over the North Sea?

    DEPARTMENT FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS (UK)

    October 2003 - October 2006

    Iron Biogeochemistry in the High Latitude North Atlantic Ocean

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

    September 2009 - November 2013

    The role of oceanic ventilation in the coupled climate system.

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

    October 2000 - December 2003

    Physical and chemical forcing of diazotrophy in the (sub)-tropical Atlantic Ocean

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

    October 2010 - March 2014

    Transport and storage of nutrients, carbon and heat in the subtropical North Atlantic Ocean.

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

    January 2005 - April 2009

    Mediterranean model networking and archiving program - MEDNET.

    EUROPEAN COMMISSION

    February 1999 - July 2001

    The role of sloping topography in the overturning circulation of the North Atlantic.

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

    January 2004 - June 2008

    Attribution of climate change in the subtropical North Atlantic Ocean: exploiting tritium-helium data and adjoint sensitivity analyses.

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

    May 2006 - August 2010

    A nutrient and carbon pump over mid-ocean ridges (RidgeMix).

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

    January 2015 - February 2019

    Nutrient Streams and the subduction process: their effect on global nutrient distributions

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

    July 2007 - February 2010

    Sensitivity of ocean carbon cycling to anthropogenic emissions

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

    September 2008 - December 2010

    Assessing the role of eddies in exchanging nutrients across the European Shelf

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

    October 2012 - September 2017

    North Atlantic Sea-Level Variability during the Last Half-Millennium

    PROUDMAN OCEANOGRAPHIC LABORATORY (UK)

    August 2010 - January 2011

    The Altantic Meridional Transect (AMT) Programme

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

    July 2002 - October 2006

    Research Collaborations

    Prof. Susan Lozier

    External: Duke University

    Visiting Professor at Duke University for spring semester, 2008. Working together on how ocean heat content is changing over the North Atlantic.

    Professor Mick Follows

    External: Massachusettes Institute of Technology, USA

    Collaborated on writing a new research book on 'Ocean dynamics and the carbon cycle) for Cambridge University Press, now jointly working on carbon and ecosystem research questions.

    Dr Andrew Barton

    External: Duke University

    Visiting NSF research fellow, collaborating on ecosystem and climate variability.