Imperial College London

Ronan McAdam

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Research Postgraduate







708Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





Ocean Current Modelling - Physical Oceanography - Marine Plastic Pollution

My research focusses on understanding the connections between different parts of the ocean. Finding plastic waste and determining the transport of heat, so important for the state of the climate, are just two topical applications to this work. I use a range of stochastic models, global datasets and numerical models to recreate the complexity of ocean motion.

Supervisors: Dr Arnaud Czaja and Dr Tim Evans (Imperial), Dr Erik van Sebille (Utrecht)

Current areas of research:

  • Transport Barriers: Examining the role of the Agulhas Current and Gulf Stream in inter-ocean transport
  • Ocean Surface Models: Improving stochastic (Markov-chain) representations of current systems
  • Detecting plastic hot-spots: Predicting accumulation regions of plastic waste

Outreach & Education

Check out the links for my work on the "Plastic Not Fantastic in our Oceans" campaign:
Royal Society Summer Science 2016 Highlights
Crowd-Sourcing Pollution Solutions
Grantham Institute Project

I also give frequent talks at school events and public lectures.

Space & Atmospheric Physics (SPAT)
Complexity Science
The Grantham Institute of Climate Change and the Environment

I am proud to be part of the Science and Solutions for a Chaning Planet (SSCP) Doctoral Training Program (DTP), funded by NERC and The Grantham Institute.

Catch me on Twitter: @ronanjmcadam