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

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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. (2020) Oceanic density/pressure gradients and slope currents. Journal of Physical Oceanography 50 (6): 1643–1654 https://doi.org/10.1175/JPO-D-19-0134.1 

Houpert L, Cunningham S, Fraser N, Johnson CL, Holliday NP, Jones S, Moat B and Rayner D (2020) Observed variability of the North Atlantic Current in the Rockall Trough from four years of mooring measurements. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 125 (10): e2020JC016403 https://doi.org/10.1029/2020JC016403  

BSc (Hons) Marine Science

Module leader: 1st year 'Fundamentals of Marine Physics'

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

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


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