Dr Sam Jones

        Head and shoulder photo of a smiling Dr Sam Jones during a demonstration of his mixing tank

Translational Ocean Data Analyst

An interdisciplinary researcher linking observational oceanography with data science and visualisation.

Particular interest in the use of robotic platforms for novel measurement campaigns.

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Research interests

  • >Ocean-shelf exchange, mixing processes
  • >Use of tracers and proxies to track water masses
  • >Ocean-atmosphere interaction, particularly wind-driven processes
  • >Model development and validation
  • >Synthesis of large datasets
  • >Application of novel sensors and techniques
  • >High latitude oceanography
  • >Data visualisation


    Current project

    Oceanographic Data Tool (ODaT): Development of an online GIS data tool which translates the output of NERC oceanographic programmes (including FASTNEt, OSNAP and the Ellett Line) into products which can be used by the wider marine community. Funded by NERC. May 2016-Dec 2017


    Past highlight project

    Fluxes Across Sloping Topography in the North East Atlantic (FASTNEt). Funded by NERC. 

Peer-reviewed publications

Jones, S.C., Cottier, F.R., Inall, M.E., Griffiths, C.  Decadal variability on the European Continental Shelf.  Submitted to Progress in Oceanography June 2017.

Painter, S.C., Hartman, S.E., Kivimäe, C., Salt, L., Clargo, N.M., Bozec, Y., Daniels, C.J., Jones, S.C., Hemsely, V.S., Munns, L., Allen, S. (2015).  Carbon exchange on the Hebrides Shelf, west of Scotland. Geophysical Research Letters, doi:10.1002/2015JC011599

Jullion, L., Jones, S.C., Naveira Garabato, A.C., Meredith, M.P. (2010). Wind-controlled export of Antarctic Bottom Water out of the Weddell Sea. Geophysical Research Letters, 37, L09609, doi:10.1029/2010GL042822


Other publications

Macdonald, F., Weeks, R.J., Houpert, L., Howe, J A., Jones, S.C. (2016). The Scottish Marine Robotics Facility: use of unmanned vehicles for environmental measurement, monitoring and decision making. Invited paper, 10th IFAC Conference on Control Applications in Marine Systems, (CAMS 2016), Trondheim, Norway.

I am a physical oceanographer with specialisms in shallow-sea oceanography, time series analysis and data visualisation.

A recent example of my work is the development of an online data tool in partnership with Marine Scotland, the Navy and BP to increase the value of physical oceanographic data for the marine community.

This tool was successfully employed in the Navy MASSMO-3 autonomous vehicle exercise in 2016 and resulted in a contribution to the Scottish Ocean Climate Status Report.

I am also an expert on the oceanography of waters off the Scottish west coast, and can provide advice on flow pathways, water properties and their relationship with local weather patterns.


Accessing consultancy services from SAMS

SAMS consultancy work is delivered through its wholly owned commercial subsidiary, SAMS Research Services Ltd. (SRSL). SRSL operates a comprehensive Quality Management System (QMS) that is accredited to ISO9001:2008 standard, guaranteeing that all projects deliver the best possible service to our customers. All SRSL projects are planned by a professional programme manager who oversees a team of dedicated project managers, all of whom are focussed specifically on client delivery, and have scientific experience and technical expertise in fields relevant to their assigned projects.

For further information concerning commercial enterprise opportunities at SAMS, please contact SRSL by email (info@srsl.com) or phone +44 (0) 1631 559 470.

Professional memberships

Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society: member since 2016

Challenger Society for Marine Science: member since 2014

Insitute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology: member since 2014


Expert advice to regulators / government 

Scottish Ocean Climate Status Report 2017: Contributor


Relevant research expeditions / cruises

DY017, RRS Discovery.  October / November 2014, PI: Dr. Stuart Painter (NOC-S). Vessel-Mounted ADCP operator, Sea-Bird CTD processing.

JC88, RRS James Cook.   June / July 2013, Hebridean shelf-edge. PI: Prof. Mark Inall (SAMS).  Vessel-Mounted ADCP operator.

D376, RRS Discovery.  June / July 2012, Celtic Sea.  PI: Prof. Mark Inall (SAMS).  Vessel-Mounted ADCP operator.

RV Calanus. March 2013. Servicing the Tiree Passage Mooring.

RV Calanus. August 2013. Replacing the Tiree Passage Mooring.


Outreach/public engagement 

Science demonstrator at NERC 50th Anniversary event, RRS Discovery, London, October 2015

Data visualisation for numerous SAMS and NERC projects

Argyll and Bute Astronomical Club Science Festival, October 2013

Delivery of interactive physics demonstration to 57 high school students, August 2012

SAMS open day science demonstrator, May 2012

Employment history

2016-present Tranlational Ocean Data Analyst. SAMS

2012-16 Graduate Research Assistant. SAMS

2009-12 Marine Data Scientist. British Oceanographic Data Centre, Liverpool

2007-08 Design Engineer. Finetubes, Plymouth



2016 PhD Marine Science. University of Aberdeen

2009 MSc Oceanography. University of Southampton

2004 BSc Mechanical Design and Manufacture. University of Plymouth