Ralph is a Professorial Research Fellow in the Department of Statistics at LSE as well as holding a position with The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  He is a fellow of the Institute for Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, the Society for Underwater Technology, the Marine technology Society, the Royal Meteorological Society and the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.


Ralph’s academic background is in ocean science and technology.  Throughout his career he has worked at the interface between the public and private sectors in meeting the need for monitoring of the ocean environment in support of understanding climate change, the use of ocean resources and the protection of the marine environment.  He is a former chair of the IOC/UNESCO Global Ocean Observing System Steering Committee and currently serves on the advisory bodies of a number on leading ocean science research organisations, including Plymouth Marine Laboratory and the Schmidt Ocean Institute.  He is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Operational Oceanography and is a founding trustee of the Rising Seas Institute.

Research Interests

  • Sea level rise and its implications for coastal communities and infrastructure;
  • The New Blue Economy;
  • Understanding the societal and economic benefits of ocean observation, measurement and forecasting.

Forthcoming Events

26 October 2021, Institute of Physics, London – Climate Change and the Ocean Conference
12 October 2021, Ocean Business, Southampton – The New Blue Economy
7 October 2021, Dcarbonise, A Sustainable Ocean Economy

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