Professor David Meldrum FInstP

        Photo of David Meldrum in Antarctica with two penguins and the research vessel in the background

SAMS Honorary Fellow

I am the retired Head of Technology Development at SAMS, where I led the development of satellite-linked autonomous instruments for ocean and polar observation. With over 100 papers in the subject area, I have served as an office bearer on a number of WMO, IOC, ITU and ESA committees and panels.



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As an Honorary Research Fellow I continue to promote SAMS in the national and international marine and polar science arenas through my membership of intergovernmental and UKRI committees.

My research interests fall into three categories:

1 - Autonomous instrumentation for sea- and land-ice and oceanographic studies

2 - Satellite communications for remote data collection

3 - Sub-sea communications cables for climate change monitoring and disaster warning

I am a recipient of the Polar Medal, with Arctic and Antarctic clasp

Here are some highlight publications spanning my career:

Robin, G de Q, Drewry, D J and Meldrum, D T, 1977.  International Studies of Ice Sheet and Bedrock.  Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. Lond. B. 279, pp 185‑196.

Booth, D and Meldrum, D, 1986.  Drifting buoys in the Rockall Trough.  Proc. R. Soc. Edinb. 88B, p 302.

McKay, W A, Baxter, M S, Ellett, D J and Meldrum, D T, 1986.  Radiocaesium and circulation patterns west of Scotland.  J. Environ. Radioact. 4, pp 205-232.

Haddrell, T and Meldrum, D, 1993.  A GPS positioning system for an automatic submersible research vessel.  Proc. ION GPS-93, 1, pp 701-709.

Millard, N W, Griffiths, G, Finnegan, G, McPhail, S D, Meldrum, D T, Pebody, M, Perrett, J R, Stevenson, P and Webb, A T, 1998.  Versatile autonomous submersibles - the realising and testing of a practical vehicle.  Underwater Technology, 23 (1), pp 7-17.

Burrows, M, Thorpe, S A and Meldrum, D T, 1999.  Dispersion over the Hebrides and Shetland shelves and slopes.  Continental Shelf Research, 19, pp 49-55.

Meldrum, David, 2001.  Cutting Edge.  In: The Times Higher Education Supplement, 7 September 2001, p 26.  The Times Supplements Ltd, London.

Meldrum, D T, 2002.  UN Atlas of the Oceans, WMO joint editor.  Internet resource / CD-ROM.  UN.

Doble, M J, Mercer, D J L, Meldrum, D T and Peppe, O C, 2007. Wave measurements on sea ice: developments in instrumentation. Annals of Glaciology, 44, pp 108-112.

Meldrum, D T et al, 2010. Data buoy observations: the status quo and anticipated developments over the next decade. In: Proceedings of OceanObs’09: Sustained Ocean Observation and Information for Society (Vol 2), Venice, 21-25 September 2009. ESA WPP-306. Doi:   

Keith Jackson, Jeremy Wilkinson, Ted Maksym, David Meldrum, Justin Beckers, Christian Haas, and David Mackenzie, 2013. A Novel and Low-Cost Sea Ice Mass Balance Buoy. J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 30, 2676–2688.ndoi: