Dr. Phil Anderson

Phil Anderson joined SAMS in the summer of 2012 as Head of Marine Technology after 27 years working at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS).

Phil started at BAS as a field scientist and instrument designer, spending two austral winterers (1986 and 1991) at the Halley Research Station in the south Weddell Sea, and accumulated a further three years “south of the circle” during summer seasons, gaining a Ph.D. from Lancaster University in 1994 on stratified atmospheric boundary layers and a Polar Medal from HM The Queen in 1996 for studying wintertime polar blizzards.

In the 1990s Phil developed a number of techniques to probe the winter-time polar atmosphere, including low-power autonomous remote systems at the surface and kite, blimp and rocket instrument platforms aloft. In the last 10 years, I have concentrated on the physics of coherent structures in the stable boundary layer, whilst developing the use of small robotic aircraft for measuring the structure of the atmosphere near the surface. At SAMS these techniques will help us understand sea-ice dynamics in the Arctic and help explain the observed dramatic reduction in summer-time sea-ice coverage.