My research focusses on the physical oceanography of the shelf seas, particularly shelf edge exchange and both horizontal and vertical mixing.
I use robotic platforms such as gliders for high resolution sustained observations to study the seasonality of shelf processes. This seasonality has traditionally been hard to observe due to the difficulties involved in collecting data during winter. These platforms not only allow us to collect data during difficult times of the year but also in extreme and remote environments. I am interested in the use of gliders and AUVs on the Arctic shelves for sustained observations of the water column near to the sea ice edge throughout the seasons.
I think it is important that these observational oceanography studies are not seen in isolation and consequently I am interested in the links with nutrient dynamics and the use of the observations in model development.
Arctic Productivity in the Seasonal Ice Zone (Arctic PRIZE). Funded by NERC. 2017-20
Highlight past projects
Fluxes Across Sloping Topography in the North East Atlantic (FASTNEt): Funded by NERC. 2012-16
Marsh, R., Haigh, I., Cunningham, S., Inall, M., Porter, M. & Moat, B (2017) Large-scale forcing of the European Slope Current and associated inflows to the North Sea, Ocean Science, 13, 315-335, doi:10.5194/os-13-315-2017
Porter, M., Inall, M., Palmer, M., Hopkins, J., Dale, A., Aleynik, D., Smeed, D. Barth, J. and C. Mahaffey (2016) Enhanced deep water upwelling in a shelf break canyon: a seasonally rectified carbon pump, Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans. 10.1002/2016JC012087
Porter, M., Inall, M., Green, J., Simpson, J. and Dale, A. (2016) Drifter observations in the summer time Bay of Biscay slope current, Journal of Marine Systems. Vol: 157 965-74
Aleynik, D., Davidson, K., Dale, A., and Porter, M. (2016) Hydrodynamic Modelling and HAB Monitoring on the West Coast of Scotland, Harmful Algae. Vol:53 p102-117
Vlasenko, V., Stashchuk, N., Inall, M., Porter, M. and Aleynik, D (2016) Focusing of baroclinic tidal energy in a canyon, Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans. Vol: 121 p2824-2840
Aleynik D, Adams T, Davidson K, Dale A, Porter M, Black K, Burrows M (2018) Biophysical modeling of marine organisms: fundamentals and applications to management of coastal waters. Environmental Management of Marine Ecosystems. Edited by Md. Nazrul Islam & Sven Erik Jorgensen CRC press ISBN 9781498767729 pp 65-98
D321 - RRS Discovery, 2007 - Ellett line, NE Atlantic
D340 – RRS Discovery, 2009 – Ellett line, NE Atlantic
D376 – RRS Discovery, 2012 – FASTNEt, Celtic Sea
JC88 – RRS James Cook, 2013 – FASTNEt, Malin Shelf
0514S - RV Scotia, 2014 – FASTNEt, Faroe-Shetland Channel
2007 Neil MacDougall Bursary
MASTS Dynamics and Properties of Marine Systems theme: Member of steering committee
European Geoscience Union
2017-present Postdoctoral Research Associate in Arctic PRIZE. SAMS
2012-17 Postdoctoral Research Associate in FASTNEt. SAMS
2012 PhD 'Linking surface fluctuations of terrestrial ice masses to variability within the mixed layer of the surrounding oceans'. The University of Aberdeen
2008 BSc (Hons) Meteorology and Oceanography. The University of East Anglia