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 & 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
I also give frequent talks at school events and public lectures.
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.
McAdam R, van Sebille E, Surface connectivity and inter-ocean exchanges from drifter-based transition matrices, Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, ISSN:2169-9275
et al., 2018, Lagrangian ocean analysis: Fundamentals and practices, Ocean Modelling, Vol:121, ISSN:1463-5003, Pages:49-75
et al., 2017, A numerical assessment of simple airblast models of impact airbursts, Meteoritics & Planetary Science, Vol:52, ISSN:1086-9379, Pages:1542-1560
McAdam R, 2017, Plastic in the ocean: How much is out there?, Significance, Vol:14, ISSN:1740-9705, Pages:24-27