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Simon Alasdair Josey

Professor of Ocean-Atmosphere Interaction, National Oceanography Centre

I started out my research life an an astrophysicist studying the effects on spiral galaxy discs of infalling gas fluxes. From there, my growing interest in the climate system closer to home led me to change fields and took me to Southampton to work primarily on heat fluxes between the ocean and atmosphere. These fluxes influence many aspects of Earth science ranging from the deep ocean circulation to our daily weather and climate change.

In my research, I use both complex ocean-atmosphere computer models and a broad range of observations e.g. surface flux research stations located at ocean sites that experience some of the stormiest seas on the planet. A common theme throughout my career has been how fluxes of material or energy, whether between the ocean and atmosphere on Earth or in a distant galaxy, impact their environment. Along the way I've had the opportunity to work on many fascinating and important topics from the evolution of galaxies over cosmological timescales to the role of the oceans in the ongoing climate crisis which affects us all.

BSc Physics and Astronomy, Queen Mary College, University of London, 1984-87

DPhil Galaxy Evolution, University of Sussex, 1988-91

Post-Doc, Univeristy of Heidelberg, Germany, 1992-93

Research Scientist, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, 1993-present

Professor, University of Southampton, 2012-present


  • –present
    Professor of Ocean-Atmosphere Interaction, National Oceanography Centre


  • 1992 
    University of Sussex, D.Phil. Galaxy Evolution