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Dr Bee Berx

Telephone: +44 (0)131 244 2767Dr Bee Berx

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.


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. 

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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

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