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My research group tries to understand the processes occurring in the ocean that are important for climate. I am primarily an observational oceanographer, enjoying going on research cruises, but I also like to use numerical models, satellite remote sensing, or whatever tools seem appropriate. At the moment I am enthused by the new opportunities offered by ocean gliders, autonomous robots that can make measurements of the ocean in places that are otherwise too difficult. This includes trying to understand the ocean-ice interaction in the Antarctic.
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Royal Society Summer Exhibit Web Page: http://sse.royalsociety.org/2013/exhibits/salty-ocean/
I have participated in the following research cruises:
RRS Discovery 145 North Atlantic February-March 1984
RRS Charles Darwin 22 Indian Ocean April-May 1987
RRS Charles Darwin 24 Indian Ocean June-July 1987
RRS Challenger North Sea August 1988
RV Wecoma Eastern Pacific January-February 1989
RRS Charles Darwin 62 North Atlantic August-September 1991
RRS Discovery 199 South Atlantic Dec 1992-February 1993
RRS James Clark Ross 10 (Chief Scientist) Southern Ocean March-May 1995
RRS James Clark Ross 40 (Chief Scientist) Southern Ocean March-April 1999
RRS James Clark Ross 80 (Chief Scientist) Southern Ocean April-May 2003
RRS James Clark Ross 106 Nordic Seas August-September 2004
RRS James Clark Ross 158 (Chief Scientist) Weddell Sea February 20007
RRS James Clark Ross 255 (Chief Scientist) Weddell Sea February 2012
RRS James Clark Ross 294 (Chief Scientist) Amundsen Sea January-March 2014.
I am the leader of the UEA Glider Science group, the only UK university group owning and operating ocean gliders. I have led and piloted deployments of UEA’s Seaglider fleet in the North Atlantic (2010, 2012-2013, 2014), North Sea (2010, 2013), Weddell Sea (2012), Ross Sea (2010-2011), Amundsen Sea (2014), Mediterranean (2014, 2016) and Indian Ocean (2012, 2015, 2016). I have also led mooring deployments in the Southern Ocean (2010-2011).
SELECTED CONTRIBUTIONS TO OCEAN SCIENCE
2006-2012 Leader and Coordinator of Synoptic Antarctic Shelf-Slope Interactions (SASSI) International Polar Year project
2006-2012 Scientific Advisory Board, Alfred Wegener Institute / Germany
2007-2012 Editorial Board, EGU journal Ocean Sciences
2012-2015 Chair of the Royal Society UK SCOR Committee & UK delegate to SCOR
2012-2015 Challenger Society Council
2012-present NERC Marine Facilities Advisory Board
2012-present Royal Society assessment panel for Newton International Fellowships
2014-2017 Chair of NERC Fellowships panel B and member of NERC Peer Review College
2012-present Editor, AMS journal Journal of Physical Oceanography
2016 External reviewer of sabbatical programme at University of Gothenburg
Marine science; ocean circulation and climate; Antarctica
I am Professor of Physical Oceanography in the Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric sciences (COAS), School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia (UEA), UK. I am a physicist by background, which I then applied to ocean physics.I have devoted my career to furthering understanding of physical processes in the ocean, often using new observational technology (e.g. satellite altimetry in the 1980s and 1990s; ocean gliders in the 2010s). In the 1990s I was active in the World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE), leading (as Chief Scientist) one of the UK’s two large WOCE hydrographic sections, A23, from Antarctica to Brazil in 1995. These high-quality sections now form the basis of current climate change assessments and the gold standard against which models are evaluated. My current research is global (e.g. Antarctic, Indian Ocean, North Atlantic), and I enjoy close scientific collaborations with biogeochemists, meteorologists and numerical modellers. Most of my current work uses autonomous vehicles (ocean gliders and my autonomous surface vehicle Caravela and addresses processes of ocean, ice and atmosphere interaction.
I particularly enjoy supporting early career researchers as they venture into science. I have supervised over 40 PhD students and over 20 postdoctoral researchers.
I always welcome email enquiries from potential PhD students interested in physical oceanography.
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FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
2000 Fellow of the Challenger Society for Marine Science
2009 Georg Wüst prize, biennial prize given by the German Society for Marine Research and Ocean Dynamics to an excellent mid-career scientist for outstanding contributions to the general field of oceanography
2010-2011 Royal Society Leverhulme Senior Research Fellow
2010 Honorary Doctorate, University of Gothenburg
2015 Oceanography award from the Society for Underwater Technology
2016 Challenger Medal, the premier award of the Challenger Society for Marine Science
2016 Nominated by SCAR as part of Celebrating Women in Antarctic Research Wikibomb event https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karen_Heywood
2019 Made a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union
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1/07/20 → 30/06/23
Observing ocean-atmosphere interaction from the poles to the tropics with an AutoNaut autonomous surface vehicle
1/10/19 → 30/06/23
NSFPLR-NERC: Thwaites-Amundsen Regional Survey and Network (TARSAN). Integrating Atmosphere-Ice-Ocean Processes affecting the Sub-Ice-Shelf Environment.
1/07/18 → 30/06/23
COMPASS: Climate-relevant Ocean Measurements and Processes on the Antarctic Continental Shelf and Slope
1/09/17 → 29/02/24
& 273 others, , 25 Aug 2021, In: Earth System Science Data. 13, 8, p. 4067-4119 53 p.
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First measurements of ocean and atmosphere in the Tropical North Atlantic using Caravela, a novel uncrewed surface vesselSiddle, E., Heywood, K., Webber, B. & Bromley, P., Jun 2021, In: Weather. 76, 6, p. 200-204 5 p.
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Heywood, K. J., 9 Apr 2021, In: Science Advances. 7, 15, eabd7254.
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Spatial and temporal variability of solar penetration depths in the Bay of Bengal and its impact on sea surface temperature (SST) during the summer monsoonGiddings, J., Heywood, K. J., Matthews, A. J., Joshi, M. M., Webber, B. G. M., Sanchez-Franks, A., King, B. A. & Vinayachandran, P. N., 6 Jul 2021, In: Ocean Science. 17, 4, p. 871-890 20 p.
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Zheng, Y., Heywood, K. J., Webber, B. G. M., Stevens, D. P., Biddle, L. C., Boehme, L. & Loose, B., 5 Mar 2021, In: Communications Earth & Environment. 2, 40.
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Berx, B. (Creator), Damerell, G. (Creator), Gallego, A. (Creator), Hall, R. (Creator), Heywood, K. (Creator), Lee, G. A. (Creator) & Queste, B. (Creator), British Oceanographic Data Centre - Natural Environment Research Council, UK , 8 Mar 2018
Queste, B. (Creator), Heywood, K. (Creator) & Piontkovski, S. A. (Creator), British Oceanographic Data Centre - Natural Environment Research Council, UK , 10 Apr 2018
Webber, B. (Creator), Matthews, A. (Creator), Queste, B. (Creator), Lee, G. (Creator), Cobas-Garcia, M. (Creator), Heywood, K. (Creator) & Vinayachandran, P. N. (Creator), British Oceanographic Data Centre - Natural Environment Research Council, UK , 2019