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Dr Lee de Mora

Marine Ecosystem Modeller

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+44 (0)1752 633100 (switchboard)


Lee is a marine ecosystem modeller with an interest in the development, evaluation and validation of global scale models. Lee leads the marine model evaluation toolkit development for the UK Earth System Model (UKESM), the UK's contribution to the sixth Climate Model Inter-comparison project (CMIP6), which will feed into the next round of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.

As a member of the UK Ocean Biogeochemistry Network Model Inter-comparison Experiment, iMarNet, Lee coupled the ERSEM model to NEMO in the global settings to allow the comparison of UK biogeochemical models coupled with the same underlying physics. This model run was used as the basic for his work on the use of emergent properties to validate ecosystem models.

Lee has also contributed to a range of shorter projects. He analysed of the impact of leaks in potential carbon capture and storage sites in the North Sea. He produced a correlation matrix of an 100 member ERSEM ensemble model run in the North Atlantic domain, which was used as a tool in data assimilation work.

Outside of his modelling work, Lee has also contributed to the data collection, analysis and outreach of PML's surfing science project, where surfers are used to collect scientific data on the near shore environment.

Before joining the modelling group in July 2011, Lee acquired a PhD from University of Lancaster in High Energy Experimental Particle physics, where he worked on flavour tagging and lifetime measurements of beauty hadrons in the ATLAS collaboration at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Outside of work, Lee has an interests in music, luthiery, snowboarding, surfing , travelling, veganism and sustainability.


Mission Atlantic
Mission Atlantic

Contact: Dr Jorn Bruggeman

"Towards the sustainable development of the Atlantic Ocean: Mapping and assessing the present and future status of Atlantic marine ecosystems...

UK Earth System Modelling (UKESM)
UK Earth System Modelling (UKESM)

Contact: Jerry Blackford

Global climate change is one of the leading environmental threats facing mankind. To develop appropriate mitigation and adaptation strategies...

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Other key projects

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Selected key publications

  • de Mora, L., Butenschön, M., and Allen, J. I.: The assessment of a global marine ecosystem model on the basis of emergent properties and ecosystem function: a case study with ERSEM, Geosci. Model Dev., 9, 59-76, doi:10.5194/gmd-9-59-2016, 2016.
  • de Mora, L., Butenschön, M., and Allen, J. I.: How should sparse marine in situ measurements be compared to a continuous model: an example, Geosci. Model Dev., 6, 533-548, doi:10.5194/gmd-6-533-2013, 2013.
  • Kwiatkowski, L., Yool, A., Allen, J. I., Anderson, T. R., Barciela, R., Buitenhuis, E. T., Butenschön, M., Enright, C., Halloran, P. R., Le Quéré, C., de Mora, L., Racault, M.-F., Sinha, B., Totterdell, I. J., and Cox, P. M.: iMarNet: an ocean biogeochemistry model intercomparison project within a common physical ocean modelling framework, Biogeosciences, 11, 7291-7304, doi:10.5194/bg-11-7291-2014, 2014.
  • Butenschön, M., Clark, J., Aldridge, J. N., Allen, J. I., Artioli, Y., Blackford, J., Bruggeman, J., Cazenave, P., Ciavatta, S., Kay, S., Lessin, G., van Leeuwen, S., van der Molen, J., de Mora, L., Polimene, L., Sailley, S., Stephens, N., and Torres, R.: ERSEM 15.06: a generic model for marine biogeochemistry and the ecosystem dynamics of the lower trophic levels, Geosci. Model Dev., 9, 1293-1339, doi:10.5194/gmd-9-1293-2016, 2016.
  • Brewin RJW, de Mora L, Jackson T, Brewin TG, Shutler J (2015) On the Potential of Surfers to Monitor Environmental Indicators in the Coastal Zone. PLoS ONE 10(7): e0127706. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0127706
  • Fernandes, J. A., Cheung, W. W. L., Jennings, S., Butenschön, M., de Mora, L., Frölicher, T. L., Barange, M. and Grant, A. (2013), Modelling the effects of climate change on the distribution and production of marine fishes: accounting for trophic interactions in a dynamic bioclimate envelope model. Glob Change Biol, 19: 2596–2607. doi:10.1111/gcb.12231

Other activities

  • Environmental sustainability Committee at PML
  • Charitable Foundation fund-raising committee