Dr. Ken George

Principal Lecturer in Ocean Science

Tel: +44 (0) 1752 232461
Fax: +44 (0) 1752 232406


Main teaching activities

  • Oceanography (mainly tidal theory and modelling) to undergraduates and post-graduates.
  • Astronomy
  • Maritime History

Academic background

  • B.Sc. (1st class Hons.) Astronomy, University College London
  • M.Sc. Oceanography, University of Southampton.
  • Ph.D. on estuarine tides, University of London.
  • Diplôme Supérieure d’Études Celtiques, Université de Bretagne Occidentale.
  • Doctorat du Troisième Cycle on phonology of Cornish, Université de Bretagne Occidentale.

Employment background

Lecturer, Senior and Principal Lecturer in the Institute of Marine Studies, University of Plymouth, and its forerunners.

Current research and consultancy

My principal research interest is the propagation and perturbation of tides in estuaries and shelf seas. I am interested both in the prediction and the modelling of tides. My software package for predicting tides is available on the IMS network. Students under my direction have constructed about 70 tidal numerical models. Release 4.0 of my 2D tidal numerical model, known as VICTOR, which includes moving graphics, is now available on the IMS network.  Recently I have been stdying the tidal dynamics of a macrotidal sandy bay in Brittany, and have constructed a numerical model of it using non-orthogonal curvilinear co-ordinates.

I also conduct research on various aspects of Celtic linguistics.

Recent Publications

  • GEORGE, K.J. & GLEIZON, P. (1996) "L'analyse harmonique de la concentration de sédiment en suspension dans les modèles unidimensionnels". In Génie Civil - Génie Côtier, IVe Journées nationales, Dinard, Brittany. Tome 1, 121-128.
  • GEORGE, K.J. (1998) "Run-time moving graphics in a two-dimensional tidal numerical model." Presented at the JONSMOD conference in Delft, July 1998.
  • GEORGE, K.J., ed. (1998) Gerlyver Kernewek Kemmyn: an gerlyver kres. A Cornish-English, English-Cornish dictionary. Cornish Language Board.