David Woolf

Associate Professor

Telephone
+44 (0) 1856 850605
Email
d.k.woolf@hw.ac.uk
Address
Old Academy, Back Road, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3AW
Roles and responsibilities

Reader in Marine Physics

Research
  • Marine renewable energy
  • Regional climate change; including prediction and impacts
  • Air-sea exchange of gases and particles
  • Global carbon cycle
  • Marine Earth observation
Selected publications

2012

  1. Easton, M.C., D.K. Woolf and P.A. Bowyer. 2012. The dynamics of an energetic tidal channel, the Pentland Firth, Scotland, Continental Shelf Research, 48, 50-60. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.csr.2012.08.009
  2. Goddijn-Murphy, L., D.K. Woolf and C.A. Marandino. 2012. Space-based retrievals of air-sea gas transfer velocities using altimeters: Calibration for dimethyl sulphide. Journal of Geophysical Research 117, C08028, doi:10.1029/2011JC007535 .
  3. Goddijn-Murphy, L., D.K. Woolf and M.C. Easton. 2012. Current patterns in the Inner Sound (Pentland Firth) from underway ADCP data. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JTECH-D-11-00223.1
  4. Woolf, D.K. and Goddijn-Murphy L.  2012. The importance of whitecapping to air-sea interaction and earth observation approaches to its retrieval.  In “Earth Observation for Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions Science” Symposium Proceedings, SP-703 (CD), ESA.

2011

  1. Easton, M.C., A. Harendza, D.K. Woolf and A.C. Jackson. 2011. Characterization of a Tidal Energy Site: Hydrodynamics and Seabed Structure, Proceedings of 9th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (EWTEC).
  2. Goddijn-Murphy, L., D.K. Woolf, A.H. Callaghan. 2011. Parameterizations and algorithms for oceanic whitecap coverage. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 41(4), 742-756, doi: 10.1175/2010JPO4533.1.
  3. Shields, M.A., D.K. Woolf, E.P.M. Grist, S.A. Kerr, A.C. Jackson, R.E. Harris, M.C Bell, R. Beharie, A. Want, E. Osalusi, S.W. Gibb and J. Side. 2011. Marine renewable energy: The ecological implications of altering the hydrodynamics of the marine environment, Ocean & Coastal Management, 54, 2-9. doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2010.10.036

2010

  1. Easton, M.C., D.K. Woolf, and S. Pans. 2010. An Operational Hydrodynamic Model of a key tidal-energy site: Inner Sound of Stroma, Pentland Firth (Scotland, UK). Proceedings of 3rdInternational Conference on Ocean Energy, 6 October, Bilbao.
  2. Jeffery, C.D, I.S. Robinson and D.K. Woolf. 2010. Tuning a physically-based model of the air-sea gas transfer velocity. Ocean Modelling, 31(1-2), 28-35. doi: 10.1016/j.ocemod.2009.09.001

2009

  1. Smith, L., D.Woolf and D. Mackay. 2009. Turning marine energy into reality: the Scottish experience. Proceedings of the ICE - Maritime Engineering, 162(4), 197-201.
  2. Brooks, I. M., M. J. Yelland, R. C. Upstill-Goddard, et al, 2009: Physical Exchanges at the Air-Sea Interface: Field Measurements from UK-SOLAS. Bull. Amer. Meteorol. Soc., 90, 629-644. doi: 10.1175/2008BAMS2578.1
  3. M.A Shields, L.J.Dillon, D.K. Woolf and A.T. Ford. 2009. Strategic priorities for assessing the ecological impact of marine renewable devices in the Pentland Firth (Scotland, UK). Marine Policy, doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2008.12.013  
  4. Goddijn-Murphy, L. and D.K. Woolf. 2009.  “Advantages of high resolution mapping of tidal currents in the Pentland Firth, using underway ADCP measurements”. ADCPs in Action, San Diego, California, 5-7 October 2009, Proceedings CD.

2008

  1. Fangohr, S., D. K. Woolf, C. D. Jeffery, and I. S. Robinson. 2008. Calculating long-term global air-sea flux of carbon dioxide using scatterometer, passive microwave, and model reanalysis wind data, J. Geophys. Res., 113, C09032, doi:10.1029/2005JC003376.
  2. Hydes, D.J., M.S. Hartmann, C.P. Bargeron, J.M. Campbell, M.S. Curé and D.K. Woolf. 2008. A study of gas exchange during the transition from deep winter mixing to spring bloom (2007) in the Bay of Biscay measured by continuous observation from a ship of opportunity. Operational Oceanography, 2008(2), 41-50.
  3. Jeffery, C.D, I.S. Robinson, D.K. Woolf and C.J. Donlon. 2008. The response to phase-dependent wind stress and cloud fraction of the diurnal cycle of SST and air-sea CO2 exchange. Ocean Modelling, 23, 33-48. doi:10.1016/j.ocemod.2008.03.003
  4. Woolf, D.K. and C. Gommenginger. 2008. Radar altimetry: Introduction and application to air-sea interaction. In Remote Sensing of the European Seas, edited by Vittorio Barale and Martin Gade. Springer Verlag,  Heidelberg, Germany, pp.283-294. ISBN: 978-1-4020-6771-6
Biography
  • 1984: BA (Hons) Physics, University of Oxford.
  • 1989: PhD Physical Oceanography, National University of Ireland.
  • Oct 1984-Mar 1986: Postgraduate Research Student/Research Assistant: Department of Oceanography, University College Galway, Galway, Ireland.
  • Mar 1986-Oct 1988: Graduate Student/Research Assistant: Marine Sciences Institute, University of Connecticut, Avery Point, Connecticut, USA.
  • Jan 1989-Jan 1992: Junior Research Fellow, Department of Oceanography, University of Southampton, UK.
  • Feb 1992-Feb 1999: Research Fellow, Department of Oceanography (latterly School of Ocean and Earth Science), University of Southampton, UK.
  • Oct 1999-Aug 2006: Senior Research Fellow, James Rennell Division (latterly Ocean Observing & Climate Group), Southampton Oceanography Centre (latterly National Oceanography Centre) University of Southampton, UK.
  • Aug 2006-Feb 2012: Senior Research Fellow, Environmental Research Institute, UHI-North Highland College.
  • Feb 2012-Sep 2012: Reader, Environmental Research Institute, UHI-North Highland College.
  • Oct 2012-Present: Reader, ICIT, Heriot Watt University.