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Jerry Blackford

Head of Science - Marine Ecosystems Models & Predictions



Contact Details

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jcb21/10/2017 06:02:28@pml.ac.uk

Jerry Blackford is the Head of Science for PML’s Marine Systems Modelling Group, whose ~16 scientists develop coupled ecosystem, biogeochemical and physical model systems addressing a variety of applied research questions from coastal to global scales.

Jerry has a 26 year career specialising in marine system modelling being involved in the development and application of ERSEM since its conception in 1991. In recent years he has been particularly concerned with the interaction of high CO2 with marine systems, in the context of Climate Change and Ocean Acidification as well as leading environmental risk assessment and monitoring research for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).

He has been actively researching CCS since 2004, in a wide range of projects, including as a work package leader in the EU funded RISCS and ECO2 programmes and as Principle Investigator in the UK funded QICS project which developed a world-first release of CO2 into shallow marine sediments. He is a work package and institute lead for the recently funded STEMM-CCS Horizons 2020 project, focused on operational monitoring for offshore CCS. He has links with several international researchers in the field of CCS, including Japan, Australia and the US, as well as within Europe.

Concerning Climate and Ocean Acidification he has pioneered the development of local and regional scale projections, including impacts and feedbacks to ecosystems, leading a NERC-Defra funded project investigating the evolution of ocean acidification in shelf seas and publishing in Nature Climate Change. He advises and contributes to the International Ocean Acidification Research Users Advisory Group, based in Monaco.

More generally he is involved in developing marine system models for a wide range of applications, including in the BBSRC-NERC funded ROSA Aquaculture project and the NERC funded Shelf Seas Biogeochemistry program. He has published over 50 articles with in excess of 1400 citations (85 / 2000 according to Researchgate!).

Projects

STEMM-CCS

Strategies for Environmental Monitoring of Marine Carbon Capture and Storage (STEMM-CCS)

Contact: Jerry Blackford

STEMM-CCS is an ambitious multi-disciplinary project that will deliver new approaches, methodologies and tools for the safe operation of offshore...

Quantifying and Monitoring Potential Ecosystem Impacts of Geological Carbon Storage (QICS)
Completed

Quantifying and Monitoring Potential Ecosystem Impacts of Geological Carbon Storage (QICS)

Contact: Jerry Blackford

The purpose of the QICS project was to understand how the UK marine environment would respond to a potential leak from a carbon dioxide capture and...

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Other key projects

  • H+ fluxes in phytoplankton - physiological roles and responses to ocean acidification.
  • UK CCSRC: UK CCS Research Centre, Environment theme lead & coordination group.
  • ROAM: Regional Impacts of Ocean Acidification – A Modelling Study. NERC OA Theme. Project lead.

Recent publications

  • Blackford, JC; Artioli, Y; Clark, JR; de Mora, L. 2017 Monitoring of offshore geological carbon storage integrity: Implications of natural variability in the marine system and the assessment of anomaly detection criteria. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 64. 99-112. 10.1016/j.ijggc.2017.06.020
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  • Alendal, G; Blackford, JC; Chen, B; Avlesen, H; Omar, A. 2017 Using Bayes Theorem to Quantify and Reduce Uncertainties when Monitoring Varying Marine Environments for Indications of a Leak [in special issue: 13th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, GHGT-13, 14-18 November 2016, Lausanne, Switzerland] Energy Procedia, 114. 3607-3612. 10.1016/j.egypro.2017.03.1492
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  • Clark, JR; Cole, MJ; Lindeque, PK; Fileman, ES; Blackford, JC; Lewis, C; Lenton, TM; Galloway, TS. 2016 Marine microplastic debris: a targeted plan for understanding and quantifying interactions with marine life. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 14 (6). 317-324. 10.1002/fee.1297
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  • Lessin, G; Artioli, Y; Queiros, AM; Widdicombe, S; Blackford, JC. 2016 Modelling impacts and recovery in benthic communities exposed to localised high CO2. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 109 (1). 267-280. 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.05.071
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  • Butenschon, M; Clark, JR; Aldridge, JN; Allen, JI; Artioli, Y; Blackford, JC; Bruggeman, J; Cazenave, P; Ciavatta, S; Kay, S; Lessin, G; van Leeuwen, S; Van der Molen, J; de Mora, L; Polimene, L; Sailley, SF; Stephens, N; Torres, R. 2016 ERSEM 15.06: a generic model for marine biogeochemistry and the ecosystem dynamics of the lower trophic levels. Geoscientific Model Development, 9 (4). 1293-1339. 10.5194/gmd-9-1293-2016
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  • Artioli, Y; Lessin, G; Blackford, JC; Middelburg, JJ; Pastres, R; Soetaert, K; Solidoro, C; Stephens, N; Almroth-Rosell, E; Dale, A; Glud, R; Queiros, AM; Rabouille, C; Regnier, P; Yakushev, E. 2016 A multi-disciplinary consortium approach for advancement of conceptual frameworks, modelling and experimental approaches to benthic-pelagic coupling. [Poster] In: EuroMarine 2016 General Assembly. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/292695552_A_multi-disciplinary_consortium_approach_for_advancement_of_conceptual_frameworks_modelling_and_experimental_approaches_to_benthic-pelagic_coupling.
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Selected key publications

  • Jerry Blackford, Jonathan M. Bull, Melis Cevatoglu, Douglas Connelly, Chris Hauton, Rachael H. James, Anna Lichtschlag, Henrik Stahl, Steve Widdicombe, Ian C. Wright. Marine baseline and monitoring strategies for Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage (CCS) Int. J. Greenhouse Gas Control. 10.1016/j.ijggc.2014.10.004.
  • Blackford, JC; Stahl, H; Bull, JM; Berg├Ęs, BJP; Cevatoglu, M; Lichtschlag, A; Connelly, DP; James, RH; Kita, J; Long, D; Naylor, M; Shitashima, K; Smith, D; Taylor, P; Wright, I; Akhurst, M; Chen, B; Gernon, TM; Hauton, C; Hayashi, M; Kaieda, H; Leighton, TG; Sato, T; Sayer, MDJ; Suzumura, M; Tait, K; Vardy, ME; White, PR; Widdicombe, S. 2014 Detection and impacts of leakage from sub-seafloor deep geological carbon dioxide storage. Nature Climate Change. 10.1038/NClimate2381.
  • Artioli, Y; Blackford, JC; Nondal, G; Bellerby, RGJ; Wakelin, SL; Holt, JT; Butenschon, M; Allen, JI. 2014 Heterogeneity of impacts of high CO2 on the North Western European Shelf. Biogeosciences, 11 (3). 601-612. 10.5194/bg-11-601-2014.
  • Flynn, KJ; Blackford, JC; Baird, ME; Raven, J; Clark, DR; Beardall, J; Brownlee, C; Fabian, H; Wheeler, G. 2012 Changes in pH at the exterior surface of plankton with ocean acidification. Nature Climate Change, 2. 510 - 513. 10.1038/NClimate1489.
  • Blackford, JC; Jones, N; Proctor, R; Holt, JT; Widdicombe, S; Lowe, DM; Rees, AP. 2009 An initial assessment of the potential environmental impact of CO2 escape from marine carbon capture and storage systems. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part a-Journal of Power and Energy, 223. 269 - 280. Doi:10.1243/09576509JPE623
  • Blackford, JC; Allen, JI; Gilbert, FJH. 2004 Ecosystem dynamics at six contrasting sites: a generic modelling study. Journal of Marine Systems, 52 (1 - 4). 191 - 215. Doi:10.1016/j.jmarsys.2004.02.004