Dr Neil Fraser

        Head and shoulder shot of physical oceanographer Neil Fraser outside with research vessel behind

Physical Oceanographer

I have a background in mathematical physics which I apply to dynamical fluid systems.

I am primarily interested in large-scale North Atlantic circulation and its role in climate. I also use analytical and observational approaches to study the dynamics of slope currents.

My other interests are polar oceanography, fjord-shelf exchange processes, inverse methods, numerical modelling and internal waves.

Contact details:
  • neil.fraser@sams.ac.uk
  • +44 (0)+44 (0) 1631 559 242
  • +44 (0)+44 (0) 7912 490 085

  • Orcid

I am a Postdoctoral Research Assistant and work on the following research projects:




Peer-reviewed publications

Fraser, NJ and Inall ME (2018) Influence of barrier wind forcing on heat delivery towards the Greenland Ice Sheet. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 123 (4) https://doi.org/10.1002/2017JC013464

Fraser, NJ, Skogseth, R, Nilsen, N and Inall, ME (2018) Circulation and exchange in a broad Arctic fjord using glider based observations. Polar Research, 37 (1) https://doi.org/10.1080/17518369.2018.1485417

Fraser, NJ, Inall, ME, Jones, SC, Magaldi, MG and Haine, TWN. Wintertime fjord-shelf interaction in Kangerdlugssuaq Fjord, Southeast Greenland. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 123 (12) https://doi.org/10.1029/2018JC014435

Skogseth, R, Olivier, L, Nilsen, F, Falck, E, Fraser, NJ, Tverberg, V, Ledang, AB, Vader, A, Jonassen, MO, Søreide, JE, Cottier, F, Berge, J, Ivanov, B and Falk-Petersen, S. (2020) Variability and decadal trends in the Isfjorden (Svalbard) ocean climate and circulation - an indicator for climate change in the European Arctic. Progress in Oceanography

Huthnance, J, Inall, ME and Fraser, NJ. Oceanic density/pressure gradients and slope currents. (in review at Journal of Physical Oceanography)


BSc (Hons) Marine Science

Part of the lecturing team for second year 'Advanced Mathematics and Programming'

I previously provided tutorials for first year 'Fundamentals of Marine Physics'

Research expeditions

I have participated in short research cruises in both Scotland and Svalbard. These include cruises for glider testing and deployment, mooring deployment and recovery, and the taking of both CTD profiles and water samples.

While working in marine and coastal tourism I gained commercial seagoing experience.



Neil MacDougall Bursary for Practical Oceanography. SAMS 2012

Employment history

Since Jan 2018: Postdoctoral Research Associate. SAMS

Summer 2011 and 2012: Summer Intern. SAMS



2018 PhD 'Mechanisms for Wintertime Fjord / Shelf Heat Exchange in Greenland and Svalbard'. University of Edinburgh / SAMS

2013: MPhys Mathematical Physics. University of Edinburgh