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Professor Icarus Allen

Professor Icarus Allen

Honorary Professor



Icarus Allen has been working as a research scientist at PML for over 17 years, during which he has acquired a broad range of experience both as a marine ecosystem modelling scientist and more recently as a senior manager. Icarus is Head of Science for Today’s Models, Tomorrow’s Futures and is further responsible for the delivery of PML’s National Capability in modelling. Icarus is involved with a number of NERC and EC FP7 projects and is the Scientific Co-ordinator for EC FP7 OPEC (Operational Ecology). 

Icarus’ scientific background is multidisciplinary, specialising in the numerical modelling of marine systems from individual cells to shelf wide ecosystems. Until recently, the overriding theme of his work has been the interfacing of biogeochemical process models with hydrodynamic models in 1, 2 and 3 dimensions and the analysis of the subsequent simulations. In general terms the focus of this work has been the coupled physical biogeochemical modelling of shelf seas, with a focus on the NW European Shelf. More specifically this involves; operational ecosystem forecasting to develop operational plankton/ water quality forecasts, data assimilation and merging model/EO data products to predict HABs, model skill assessment, shelf seas ecosystem response to multiple drivers, both climate and anthropogenic, development of global shelf seas ecosystem models based on POLCOMS_ERSEM and the process modelling of climatically active marine biogases.

Icarus has been or currently is involved in over 25 national and international scientific programmes which have led to collaborative work with scientists in 20 countries. During this time, he has published over 60 peer reviewed papers and written over 30 non-peer reviewed papers and contract reports. He regularly reviews papers for a range of journals and proposals for NERC, the National Science Foundation and the Norwegian Research Council. In addition he has led the Advances in Marine Ecosystem Modelling Research (AMEMR) symposiums and workshop series for PML since its inception in 2005.

Find out more on Icarus's PML web profile.

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