Philippe Blondel

  • Senior Lecturer - University of Bath

Research interests

Climate change and human impacts in the oceans.

Acoustics is my main tool to study the marine environments and I have done field work in all oceans except the Antarctic. I am a physicist specialising in remote sensing . My current research combines three strands:

  1. Evolution of Arctic environments. I am co-chair of the international working group on Arctic Acoustic Environments, part of the International Quiet Ocean Experiment and endorsed by the Arctic Science Committee. I am in particular looking at the melting of marine-terminating glaciers and icebergs, and under-ice processes in general. Ocean Sound was recently approved as an Essential Ocean Variable (EOV) by the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and we are using it as a proxy for many processes related to climate change and human impacts.
  2. De-risking of offshore activities, from seismic exploration to shipping, by monitoring acoustic impacts and finding where best to measure Ocean Sound. This is done with British Standards (to establish best practice) and in projects with NGOs and some offshore industry (to implement this best practice in the field).
  3. Monitoring the environmental impacts of marine renewable energies: acoustic footprints and effects on local biodiversity..

I am co-founder and Deputy Director of the University of Bath's Centre for Space, Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, and associated to the Water Innovation and Research Centre (WIRC) and the Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment (I-SEE).