Philippe Gleizon


Research fellow

E-Mail Address

Phone Number

+44 (0)1847 889666

Joined the ERI

November 1, 2011

Job Description

Current position
Researcher – Environmental Research Institute          2011 – present
Physical Oceanography


Lecturer – North Highland College                              2012 – present
Maths & Physics
Future energy systems


Senior consultantEnviroCentre   (2011)
Environmental and strategical impact assessments


ConsultantWestlakes Scientific Consulting   (1997-2010)
Environmental radioactivity impact assessments
Numerical code development and maintenance (responsible officer)
Marine radioactivity and water quality assessment


Post-doctorate research assistantUniversity of Plymouth   (1995-1997)
Estuarine cohesive sediment modelling


PhD  Mechanics   (Awarded 1994)
University Joseph Fourier (Grenoble I) – France
Specialization: fluid mechanics, physical oceanography
Topic: baroclinic flow through straits and gyres formation in adjacent seas


Diplôme d’études approfondies (DEA, eq. Master)    (Awarded 1989)
University Joseph Fourier (Grenoble I) – France


Maîtrise (eq. BSc Hons)    (Awarded 1988)
University of Bordeaux I – France


License (eq. BSc)    (Awarded 1987)
University of Bordeaux I – France


Gleizon P, Campuzano F J, Carracedo P E, Martinez A, Goggins J, Atan R, Nash S (2017) Wave energy resources along the European Atlantic coast, in Marine Renewable Energy – Resource Characterization and Physical Effects,  Eds. Yang Z. & Copping A., Springer, 37-69.


MacIver R, Gleizon P (2015) Wave-current interaction in the Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters, Proc. European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference series, Nantes.


Goddijn-Murphy L, Martín Míguez B, McIlvenny J, Gleizon P (2015) Wave energy resource assessment with AltiKa satellite altimetry: A case study at a wave energy site, Geophysical Research Letters, 42, 5452-5459.


Gleizon P, Woolf D.K (2013) Wave energy assessment in Scottish Seas, Proc. European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference series, Aalborg.


Wakefield R, Tyler A N, McDonald P, Atkin P, Gleizon P, Gilvear D, (Mar 2011) Estimating sediment and caesium-137 fluxes in the Ribble Estuary through time-series airborne remote sensing, Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 102, issue 3, 252-261.


Gleizon P, McDonald P, (2010) Modelling radioactivity in the Irish Sea: from discharge to dose, Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 101, 403-413.
McDonald P, Gleizon P, Coleman I.A, Watts S.J, Vives I Batlle J, Smith A D, (2009), Scoping assessment of groundwater doses to biota at the Sellafield site, UK, Radioprotection, vol.44 n°5, 891-896.


Gleizon P, McDonald P, Bryan S E, (2009), Modelling the long term dispersion of radioactive liquid effluent and dose from marine pathways using a grid model, Radioprotection, vol.44 n°5, 891-896.


Gleizon P, Punt A G, Lyons M G, (2003), Modelling hydrodynamics and sediment flux within a macrotidal estuary: problems and solutions,Science of the Total Environment, 314-316, 589-597.


Ferrero E, Longhetto A, Briatore L, Chabert d’Hieres G, Didelle H, Giraud C, Gleizon P, (2002), A laboratory simulation of mesoscale flow interaction with the Alps, Dynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans , 35, 1-25.


Gleizon P, Punt A G, Lyons M G, (2002) A computer model of sediment dynamics and radionuclide dispersion in a macrotidal estuary, Radioprotection – Colloques proceedings, vol.37 C1, 737-742.


Gleizon P, (1999) A vertically resolving model of sediment transport and radionuclide dispersion for the Ribble Estuary, Proceedings of the SRP 6th international symposium, Southport UK.


Gleizon P, Chabert D’Hieres G, Renouard D, (1996) Experimental study on the Alboran Gyres, Oceanologica Acta,  19 (5), 499-511.


Following my personal interest and initial background in fluid mechanics, a large part of the studies I have undertaken during my career were related to coastal physical oceanography. These included subtopics as diverse as modelling estuaries hydrodynamics and sediment transport, assessing water quality and marine environmental radioactivity, or evaluating waves and tidal energy resources.


Prior to joining the Environmental Research Institute (ERI), I had an extensive experience working as a consultant. During that period, I have developed bespoke mathematical models to predict hydrodynamics, sediment dynamics and contaminant dispersion in estuaries and shelf seas. As I went along I improved my skills in numerical modelling and extended my knowledge to environmental radioactivity among others.


Since I joined ERI, the core of my work consisted in the development and application of state-of-the-art spectral wave models to the evaluation of marine renewable energy resources. This activity was undertaken under the regional and European projects MaREE, EnergyMare and TURNKEY.

As part of my desire to value my skills and diversify my portfolio of activities, I took on the leadership of teaching modules on:
– Maths and Physics
– Waves, Tidal and Future Energy
– Renewable Energy Technologies


Research Interests:

Coastal oceanography

Marine renewable energy

Sediment dynamics

Mathematical modelling