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Marine science: directory of scientists

Published: 23 Nov 2019

Details of scientists working for the Marine Scotland Directorate, with some supporting documents attached.

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Marine science: directory of scientists
Dr Bee Berx

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Dr Bee Berx

Telephone: +44 (0)131 244 2767

E-mail:  b.berx@marlab.ac.uk or barbara.berx@gov.scot

Marine Scotland, Marine Laboratory, 375 Victoria Road, Aberdeen, AB11 9DB, Scotland, UK

Research Interests

I am a physical oceanographer interested in the ocean circulation of the sub-polar North Atlantic and European continental shelf, and its role in the global climate. My research focuses on observing the circulation of Atlantic water masses around Scotland and, in particular, the inflow to the northern North Sea and the exchange with the Nordic Seas in the Faroe-Shetland Channel.

The main focus of my research is the analysis and presentation of volume, heat and salt transport of Atlantic water through the Faroe-Shetland Channel, by combining observations of current speed (ADCP) and water properties (CTD). This research is currently part-funded by the Blue-Action research project. More recently I have also started to explore exchange across the ocean-shelf sea interface, and the northern North Sea. I am also interested in coastal and shallow sea dynamics, by investigating the variability of water column stratification and its drivers coastal locations.

Collaborations

I collaborate with scientists across the UK and Europe, in particular those involved in the following projects and working groups:

Blue-Action: an EU H2020-programme focused on improving our understanding of Arctic weather and climate, and their global effects. I am particularly involved on the topic of lower latitude drivers of Arctic change. The project provides a formal base for continued collaboration with colleagues in Faroe Islands, Norway and around Scotland, to observe circulation in the Faroe-Shetland Channel.

MASTS: a pooling initiative bringing together marine researchers from around Scotland, I am leader for the Dynamics & Properties of Marine Systems Theme, and have a number of collaborations funded through the initiative.

Honorary Research Fellow, School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen.

Co-supervision of students with academic partners, in particular with the University of East Anglia (PhD), the University of St Andrews (undergraduate students) and the University of Highlands and Islands (PhD).

External Committees and Responsibilities

I am the Theme Leader of the Dynamics and Properties of Marine Systems Theme within MASTS. 

Other websites:

http://www.researcherid.com/rid/A-5875-2009

https://www.linkedin.com/pub/barbara-berx/35/3b0/979

Selected Recent Publications

  • Berx, B., Payne, M. R. (2017) The Sub-Polar Gyre Index - a community data set for application in fisheries and environment. Earth System Science Data, 9 (1): 259–266, doi:10.5194/ essd-9-259-2017.
  • Sheehan, P., Berx, B., Gallego, A., Hall, R.A., Heywood, K.J., Hughes, S.L. (2017) Thermohaline forcing and interannual variability of northwestern inflows into the northern North Sea. Continental Shelf Research, 138: 120–131, doi:10.1016/j.csr.2017.01.016.
  • McKenna, C., Berx, B. & Austin, W.E.N. (2016) The decomposition of the Faroe-Shetland Channel water masses using Parametric Optimum Multi-Parameter analysis.  Deep-Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 107: 9-21.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr.2015.10.013
  • Berx, B., Dunn, J., Geldart, M., Hughes, S., Lee, D. (2014) The MSS Davis CODE Drifter. Marine Scotland Science Report 14/06, pp.19.
  • Neat, F. C., Bendall, V., Berx, B., Wright, P. J., ´O Cuaig, M., Townhill, B., Schön, P.-J., Lee, J., Righton, D. (2014) Movement of Atlantic cod around the British Isles: implications for finer scale stock management. Journal of Applied Ecology, doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12343
  • Berx, B., Hansen, B., Østerhus, S., Larsen, K. M., Sherwin, T., & Jochumsen, K. (2013). Combining in situ measurements and altimetry to estimate volume, heat and salt transport variability through the Faroe-Shetland Channel. Ocean Sci., 9(4), 639-654. doi: 10.5194/os-9-639-2013

Complete list of publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications

Hall, R., Berx, B., Inall, M.E. (submitted) Observing internal tides in high risk regions using co-located ocean gliders and moored ADCPs. Oceanography.

Rudels, B., McCarthy, G., Johnson, C., de Steur, L., Hansen, B., Våge, K., Jochumsen, K.M.H., Larsen, Jónsson, S., Berx, B., de Jong, F., Hátún, H., Karstensen, J., Korhonen, M., Østerhus, S., Quadfasel, D., Valdimarsson, H. (submitted) Exchanges of volume, heat and freshwater between the Arctic Mediterranean and the North Atlantic in relation to the main physical processes: Insights from the EU-NACLIM observations. Progress in Oceanography.

Gallego, A., O’Hara Murray, R., Berx, B., Turrell, W.R., Inall, M., et al. (submitted) Deep Water Oil Spill Modelling Status and Challenges in the Faroe-Shetland Channel. Marine Pollution Bulletin.

Berx, B., Payne, M. R. (2017) The Sub-Polar Gyre Index - a community data set for application in fisheries and environment. Earth System Science Data, 9 (1): 259–266, doi:10.5194/ essd-9-259-2017. Abascal, A. J., Sanchez, J., Chiri, H., Ferrer, M. I., Cárdenas, M., Gallego, A., Castanedo, S., Medina, R., Alonso-Martirena, A., Berx, B., Turrell, W. R., Hughes, S. L. (2017) Operational oil spill trajectory modelling using HF radar currents: A northwest European continental shelf case study. Marine Pollution Bulletin, doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.04.010. Sheehan, P., Berx, B., Gallego, A., Hall, R.A., Heywood, K.J., Hughes, S.L. (2017) Thermohaline forcing and interannual variability of northwestern inflows into the northern North Sea. Continental Shelf Research, 138: 120–131, doi:10.1016/j.csr.2017.01.016. McKenna, C., Berx, B., Austin, W.E.N. (2016) The decomposition of the Faroe-Shetland Channel water masses using Parametric Optimum Multi-Parameter analysis. Deep-Sea ResearchPartI:OceanographicResearchPapers,107: 9–21,doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2015.10.013. Neat, F. C., Bendall, V., Berx, B., Wright, P. J., Ó Cuaig, M., Townhill, B., Schön, P.-J., Lee, J., Righton, D. (2014) Movement of Atlantic cod around the British Isles: implications for finer scale stock management. Journal of Applied Ecology, 51 (6): 1564–1574, doi:10.1111/1365-2664.12343 Smith, A. F., Fryer, R. J., Webster, L., Berx, B., Taylor, A., Walsham, P., Turrell, W. R. (2014) Setting background nutrient levels for coastal waters with oceanic influences. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 145 (0): 69–79, doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2014.04.006. Berx, B., Hansen, B., Østerhus, S., Larsen, K.M., Sherwin, T., Jochumsen, K. (2013) Combining in-situ measurements and altimetry to estimate volume, heat and salt transport variability through the Faroe Shetland Channel. Ocean Science, 9 (4): 639–654, doi:10.5194/os-9-639-2013. Mauritzen,C.,Hansen,E.,Andersson,M.,Berx,B.,Beszczynska-Möller,A.,etal. (2011) Closing the Loop - Approaches to monitoring the state of the Arctic Mediterranean during the International Polar Year 2007-2008. Progress in Oceanography, 90 (1-4): 62–89, doi:10.1016/j.pocean.2011.02.010. Berx, B., Dickey-Collas, M., Skogen, M. D., De Roeck, Y.-H., Klein, H., Barciela, R., Forster, R.M., Dombrowsky, E., Huret, M., Payne, M.Sagarminaga, Y., Schrum, C.(2011)
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Doesoperationaloceanographyaddresstheneedsoffisheriesandappliedenvironmental scientists? Oceanography, 24 (1): 166–171, doi:10.5670/oceanog.2011.14. Murray, A.G., Munro, L.A., Wallace, I.S., Berx, B., Pendrey, D., Fraser, D., Raynard, R.S. (2010) Epidemiological investigation into the re-emergence and control of an outbreak of infectious salmon anaemia in the Shetland Islands, Scotland. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 91: 189–200, doi:10.3354/dao02262. Berx, B. and Hughes, S. L. (2009) Climatology of Surface and Near-bed Temperature and Salinity on the North-West European Continental Shelf for 1971–2000. Continental Shelf Research, 29: 2286–2292, doi:10.1016/j.csr.2009.09.006. Simpson, J.H., Berx, B., Gascoigne, J., Saurel, C. (2007) Tidal advection and diffusion versus mussel filtration in a tidal channel. Journal of Marine Systems, 68: 556–568, doi:10.1016/ j.jmarsys.2007.02.021. Other Journal Publications Berx,B.,Larsen,K.M.H.,Rossby,T.(2017)Workshoponcurrentsandtransportsacross the Iceland-Faroe-Scotland Ridge. EOS Earch & Space Science News, accepted. Berx, B. (2012) The hydrography and circulation of the Faroe-Shetland Channel. Ocean Challenge, 19 (1) 15–19. Berx, B., Dickey-Collas, M., Skogen, M. (2010) WGOOFE: hooking up data users with data. ICES Insight, No. 47, September 2010. Berx, B., Simpson, J., Mould, K. (2007) Tides bring feeding bonanza to Menai Strait mussels. Shellfish News, Spring/Summer 2007, no. 23, 15-17. Berx, B. and Simpson, J. (2008) Tidal advection of phytoplankton in the Menai Strait: How mussels get their “five-a-day”. Ocean Challenge, 15: 17-20. Reports Larsen, K. M., Hátún, H., Berx, B., Rossby, T. (2017) Workshop on currents and transports across the Iceland-Faroe-Scotland Ridge. Havstovan Technical Report nr. 17-01, pp. 60. Berx, B., Gallego, A., Heath, M. and The MASTS Community (2015) Loch Linnhe and Firth of Lorn - MASTS Case Study Workshop Report. Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science Report 6 (1), pp.34, doi:10.7489/1539-1. Berx,B., Dunn, J., Geldart, M., Hughes, S., Lee, D.(2014)TheMSSDavisCODEDrifter. Marine Scotland Science Report 14/06, pp.19. Turrell, W.R., O’Hara Murray, R., Berx, B., Gallego, A. (2014) The Science of Deepwater Oil Spills - Results from the 2013 Marine Scotland Science Workshop. Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science Report 5 (3), pp.31. Hansen, B., Larsen, K.M., Hátún, H., Kristiansen, R., Mortensen, E., Berx, B., Østerhus, S., Sherwin, T., Quadfasel, D., Jochumsen, K. (2013) Monitoring the flow of Atlantic water through the Faroe-Shetland Channel. Havstovan Technical Report nr. 13-13, pp. 24. Berx, B. contributor to: Task Team for an Integrated Framework for Sustained Ocean Observing(Editors)(2012)AFrameworkforOceanObserving. IOC/INF-1284, UNESCO. McCollin, T., Lichtman, D., Bresnan, E., Berx, B. (2011) A Study of Phytoplankton Communities along a Hydrographic Transect on the North East Coast of Scotland. Marine Scotland Science Report 04/11, pp. 41.
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Murray, A.G., Munro, L.A., Wallace, I.S., Hall, M., Pendrey, D., Fraser, D.I., Berx, B., Munro, E.S., Allan, C.E.T., Snow, M., McIntosh, R., Bruno, D.W., Noguera, P.A., Smail, D., Raynard, R.S. (2010) Report into the Epidemiology and Control of an Outbreak of InfectiousSalmonAnaemiaintheShetlandIslands,Scotland. ScottishMarineandFreshwater Science Report 1 (4), pp. 63. Berx, B. contributor to: Chapter 2 - Physical Characteristics, In: Baxter, J.M., Boyd, I.L., Cox, M., Donald, A.E., Malcolm, S.J., Miles, H., Miller, B., Moffat, C.F. (Editors) (2011)Scotland’sMarineAtlas: Informationforthenationalmarineplan. MarineScotland, Edinburgh. pp. 191. Berx, B. contributor to: Chapter 2 - Physical Characteristics and Modelling of the Marine Environment, In: Baxter, J., Boyd, I.L., Cox, M., Cunningham, L., Holmes, P., Moffat, C.F. (Editors)(2008)Scotland’sSeas: TowardsUnderstandingtheirState. FisheriesResearch Services Aberdeen, pp. 174. Conference Proceedings Cárdenas, M., Abascal, A.J., Castanedo, S., Chiri, H., Ferrer, M.I., Sanchez, J., Medina, R., Turrell, W.R., Hughes, S., Gallego, A., Berx, B. (2015) Spill Trajectory Modelling BasedonHFRadarCurrentsintheNorthSea: ValidationwithDrifterBuoys. Proceedings of the 38th AMOP Technical Seminar on Environmental Contamination and Response. Book Chapters Davies, A.G., Berx, B.E., Brown, J.M., Villaret, C. (2005) Morphological modelling of trenches and pits in wave-current flows. In: SANDPIT, Sand Transport and Morphology of Offshore Mining Pits, by L.C. Van Rijn, R.L. Soulsby, P. Hoekstra and A.G. Davies (Editors), Aqua Publications, The Netherlands, pp. AS 1-14.
Conference Presentations & Invited Seminars
Invited Seminars “Estimating volume transport of Atlantic Water through the FSC by combining altimetry and in situ observations” Invited seminar at Bangor University (Menai Bridge, UK; 17 April 2015) by Berx, B. “Fathoming out the Ocean Circulation of the Faroe-Shetland Channel” Invited seminar at the Endeavour Society, Bangor University (Menai Bridge, UK; 16 April 2015) by Berx, B. “Ocean Circulation in the Faroe Shetland Channel” Invited seminar at the University of East Anglia (Norwich, UK; 17 October 2014) by Berx, B. “Ocean circulation in the Faroe Shetland Channel - or fluid dynamics with a larger bin size” Invited seminar at the University of Aberdeen (Aberdeen, UK; 26 September 2014) by Berx, B. “Large-scale Features – Fronts” Invited seminar at Scottish Natural Heritage, Priority Marine Features Training (Perth, UK; 14 April 2011) by Berx, B. “Variability of transport in the Faroe Shetland Channel: results from a long-term monitoring programme” Invited seminar at the National Oceanography Centre Liverpool (Liverpool, UK; 23 March 2011) and at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (Southampton, UK; 13 April 2011) by Berx, B.
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Oral Presentations “TheSlopeCurrentintheFaroe-ShetlandChannel”Oralpresentation atthe16thBiennial Challenger Conference for Marine Science (Plymouth, UK; 8-11 September 2014), by Berx, B., Inall, M., and J. Huthnance. “The decomposition of the Faroe Shetland Channel circulation: application of POMP to a 20-yeartimeseries”OralpresentationattheMASTSAnnualScienceMeeting(Edinburgh, UK; 3-5 September 2014), by Berx, B., McKenna, C., and W.E.N. Austin. “IstheTransportofAtlanticWaterintheFaroeShetlandChannelchanging? -Asummary of 20 years of observations” Oral presentation at the MASTS Annual Science Meeting (Edinburgh, UK; 27-29 August 2013), by Berx, B., Hansen, B., Østerhus, S., Larsen, K.M., Sherwin, T., and K. Jochumsen. “Time to revise the role of the Faroe-Shetland Channel in the heat transport between the Atlantic and Nordic Seas after 16 years of observations?” Oral presentation at the ICES Annual Science Conference (Bergen, NO; 17-21 September 2012), by Berx, B., Hansen, B., Larsen, K.M., Østerhus, S., Sherwin, T., and S.M. Olsen. “Circulation in the Faroe-Shetland Channel - a paradigm shift?” Oral presentation at the 15th Biennial Challenger Conference for Marine Science (Norwich, UK; 3-6 September 2012), by Berx, B., Hansen, B., Larsen, K.M., Østerhus, S., Sherwin, T., and S.M. Olsen. “The ICES WGOOFE Questionnaire - Defining oceanographic requirements in the fisheries and environmental communities” Oral presentation at the ICES Annual Science Conference (Nantes, FR; 20-24 September 2010), by Berx, B., Dickey-Collas, M. and M. Skogen. “Seasonality of observed fluxes of water, heat and salt in the Faroe-Shetland Channel between 1994 and 2008.” Oral presentation at the 14th Biennial Challenger Conference for Marine Science (Southampton, UK; 6-9 September 2010), by Berx, B., Hughes, S.L., Hansen, B., Østerhus, S., and T. Sherwin. “Increasing confidence in tidal-based geolocation models by including temperature information: the case of cod in the northern North Sea.” Oral presentation at the ICES Annual Science Conference (Halifax, CAN; 21-28 September 2008), by B. Berx, F. Neat, M.W. Pedersen, P. Wright and R. Proctor. “Developing a surface and near-bed temperature and salinity climatology for the NorthWest European Shelf Seas” Oral presentation at the ICES Annual Science Conference (Halifax, CAN; 21-28 September 2008), by B. Berx and S. Hughes. “Tracking cod in the northern North Sea using geolocation” Oral presentation at the 13th Challenger Society for Marine Science Biennial Conference (Bangor, UK; 8-11 Septemer 2008), by B. Berx, F. Neat, M.W. Pedersen, P. Wright and R. Proctor. “Bio-physical interactions over cultivated mussel beds in the Menai Strait” Oral presentation at American Society for Limnology and Oceanography Aquatic Sciences Conference (Santa Fe, USA; 5 February 2007), at Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference (Plymouth, UK; 19-20 April 2007) and at Challenger Society Special Interest Group Meeting on Bio-Physical Interactions (Galway, Ireland; 4 September 2007), by B. Berx and J.H. Simpson. “Studying food supply to mussel beds in the Menai Strait” Oral presentation at Beyond Boundaries 1st Annual Research Students Conference (Bangor, UK; 8 January 2007) , by B. Berx and J.H. Simpson.
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“Chlorophyll concentrations over commercial mussel beds - Comparison of observations and model results” Oral presentation at the 12th Challenger Society for Marine Science Biennial Conference (Oban, UK; 11-15 September 2006), by B. Berx, J.H. Simpson, J. Gascoigne and C. Saurel. Presented research progress at various national and international research project meetings. Poster Presentations “Exchange between the Slope Current and the West Shetland Shelf” Poster presentation at the Ocean Sciences Conference (New Orleans, USA; 21-26 February 2015), by Berx, B. “Variability of physical and biological properties in the Faroe Shetland Channel between 2000-2009” Poster presentation at ICES/NAFO Decadal Symposium Variability of the North Atlantic and its Marine Ecosystems during 2000-2009 (Santander, SP; 10-12 May 2011)andRAPID-USAMOCInternationalScienceMeetingPastPresentandFutureChange in the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (Bristol, UK; 12-15 July 2011), by Berx, B., Hughes, S.L., Hansen, B., Østerhus, S., and T. Sherwin. “Bio-physical interactions over cultured mussel beds in the Menai Strait” Poster presentation at Coastal and Shelf Seas: Present understanding and future challenges (Bangor, UK; 9-12 April 2006) and at Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference (Southampton, UK; 19-20 April 2006), by B. Berx, J.H. Simpson, J. Gascoigne and C. Saurel. “Morphological modelling of coastal areas with TELEMAC” Poster presentation at Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference (Nottingham, UK; 6-7 January 2005), by B. Berx and J. Brown.
 


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