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SAMS scientist named oceanographer of the year

Oban, 2 Dec 2014 -- A SAMS scientist has been awarded a prestigious marine science prize in recognition of his contribution to oceanography.

Professor Stuart Cunningham, who is the principal investigator in physical oceanography at SAMS, has won this year’s Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) Oceanography Award.

SUT is a multidisciplinary learned society that brings together organisations and individuals interested in underwater technology, ocean science and offshore engineering.

Each year, SUT honours those who have made exceptional contributions to underwater technology and Professor Cunningham has been awarded the Oceanography Award for his “major and outstanding contribution to operational oceanography”. Professor Cunningham’s award nomination was seconded by several peers and he was invited to receive his prize at an awards ceremony after SUT’s AGM in central London.

Professor Cunningham is an observational physical oceanographer with 25 years’ experience. In August 2012 he joined SAMS as the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology Scotland appointment in physical oceanography, leading the theme for Dynamics and Properties of Marine Systems across thirteen Scottish universities and research centres.

Since then, he has also been made a principal investigator for the Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic Programme (OSNAP) – a multinational programme whose purpose is to establish a transoceanic observing system in the subpolar North Atlantic, measuring transports of heat and freshwater, and to quantify the role of the subpolar gyre in climate.

SUT was founded in 1966 and has members from more than 40 countries, including engineers, scientists, other professionals and students working in these areas. The year’s AGM, awards and diner was held at Trinity House, London on December 2.

For more information on Stuart's research, please visit his profile page


Society for Underwater Technology

Overturning in the subpolar North Atlantic programme UK-OSNAP

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