Dr Andrew Eccleston

Dr Andrew Eccleston

External Examiner

Academic Partnerships


Lecturer in Nautical Studies: Navigation and Maritime Science

Teaching of Navigation, Meteorology,  IT, Ship Construction and Stability


1976 BSc(Hons) Nautical Studies, Plymouth Polytechnic

1976 Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society

1980 PhD Meteorology, Plymouth Polytechnic

1995 Chartered Meteorologist of the Royal Meteorological Society

2001 Winston Churchill Fellow

2005 LTHE, University of Plymouth

2005 ILTM, Registered Practioner of HE Academy

2005 RYA Yachtmaster (Commercial Endorsment)

2006 Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

2007 RYA Yachtmaster Instructor (Shore-Based)

2011 Operational use of Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) STCW95 A-II/1-3

2012 RYA Advanced Powerboat


Employment Summary

6 years as a Merchant Navy Deck Officer, followed by study for a PhD.

20+ years of international business experience in the aviation and media market sectors, delivering weather services and IT systems.


2001-2002 Hutchison 3G(UK) Ltd: Media Products Group Delivery Manager (Interim Management Assignment)

2000-2001 Polk Europe Holdings Ltd: Group Quality Manager (Interim Management Assignment)

1998-2000 Litton Weather Services International Ltd: Technical Director

1993-1998 TASC (UK) Ltd: Managing Director, Technical Director

1988-1993 The Weather Department Ltd: Co-founder, Technical Director

1984-1993 The Computer Department Ltd: Founder, Managing Director

1980-1984 The Meteorological Office: Higher/Senior/Principal Scientific Officer

1977-1980 Devon County Council: Research Assistant, Ocean Science Group, Plymouth Polytechnic

1970-1977 Denholm Ship Management Ltd: Navigating Cadet, 3rd Officer, 2nd Officer

Professional membership

Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society

Chartered Meteorologist

Member of the Nautical Institute

Fellow Higher Education Academy

Roles on external bodies

Member of Accreditation Board, Royal Meteorological Society

Chairman of Course Evaluation Panel, Royal Meteorological Society

Member of Professional Development Committee, Nautical Institute

Member of ad hoc Group on Weather Forecast Accuracy, Royal Meteorological Society

Member of UK Delegation to World Meteorological Organisation Congress

Official Meteorologist, Gipsy Moth IV Project www.gipsymoth.org

Teaching interests

Marine Navigation

Ship/Yacht Construction and Stability

Staff serving as external examiners


External examination of Research degrees


2005 PhD University of Salford

"Observations of surface sensible heat flux and the vertical structure of turbulent eddies in the mixed layer using doppler lidar."

2009 EngD University of Southampton

"The Development of a model for predicting ship impact, grounding and collision on the Humber Estuary."

Research interests

The integration of high resolution environmental data with electronic chart systems.

“An investigation of the factors affecting safe navigation in the vicinity of an area where wave energy devices are deployed.” PRIMaRE

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

2005 MRes Smithwick, J.E. "An investigation of the effectiveness of the RNLI's Sea Safety Programme"

Grants & contracts

2004: £20,000 funding from the RNLI to fund research into the effectiveness of the RNLI's Sea Safety programme.

Browning, K. A., Eccleston, A. J., Monk, G. A. The use of satellite and radar imagery to identify persistent shower bands downwind of the North Channel, Meteorological Magazine, Vol.114 pp.325-331, 1985

Eccleston, A. J. Integration of high-resolution environmental data with electronic navigation systems, Fairway, Newsletter of the Small Craft Group of the Royal Institute of Navigation, Issue No. 17, Autumn 2003

Eccleston, A. J. Weather at Sea, Navigation News, Royal Institute of Navigation, September/October 2004

Eccleston, A. J. Use of weather information in UK Coastal Waters, Weather, Royal Meteorological Society, Vol.60 No.5 May 2005

Greaves, D., Eccleston, A.J., el al. Marine Renewable energy development - research, design, install, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Vol 162 Issue MA4 December 2009

Reports & invited lectures

Invited Lectures

16-Mar-04: Nautical Institute (South West Branch) "Use of Weather Information - Meeting Mariners Needs in UK Waters".

19-Apr-04: Meteorological Office "Use of Weather Information in Marine Navigation Systems"

02-Jun-04: Royal Institute of Navigation "Use of Weather Information in Electronic Navigation Systems"

29-Nov-04: The Honourable Company of Master Mariners "The Mariner and Climate Change"

30-Jun-05: Ship Safe Training Group AGM "Merchant Navy Training in Plymouth"

17,18-Sep-05: Seminars at Southampton International Boat Show "Gipsy Moth IV Weather - then and now"

18-Feb-06: Royal Institute of Navigation/Royal Meteorological Society "Weather Data and Technology for the Yachtsman"

07-Oct-06: Royal Meteorological Society (South West Branch) "Weather Data and Technology for Sailing"

11-Jun-07: University of the Third Age "The Gipsy Moth IV Project"

02-Sep-07: Royal Meteorological Society Student Conference "Careers in Meteorology"

10-Nov-07: Royal Meteorological Society/Royal Institute of Navigation Conference "Weather and Sailing" Chairman

16-Jan-08: British Computer Society "The Impact of IT on the Marine Navigator"

17-Mar-09: Nautical Institute Darwin 200 Event: "Developments in Marine Weather Forecasting"

21-Apr-09: Nautical Institute (South West Branch) " Safe Navigation in the vicinity of Wave Energy generating devices"

07-Oct-09: PRIMaRE Buisness Event: "Safe Navigation in the vicinity of Wave Energy generating devices"

30-Jan-10: Royal Wesetern Yacht Club: "Yacht Electronic Systems"

19-Feb-10: University of Plymouth 2nd International Cruise Conference: "Deck Officer Training at the University of Plymouth"

Conferences organised

20-Nov-09: Royal Institute of Navigation, Royal Meteorological Society "Weather and Sailing"


30-Sep-04: Radio Interview (BBC Plymouth) "Threat of lighthouse closures"

19-Jan-05: TV Interview (Westcountry News) "Launch of Ocean Yachting degree"

08-Feb-05: Radio Interview (Radio 5 Live) "Impact of Ellen Macarthur's record on Ocean Yachting degree"

21-Jun-05 Radio Interview (Pirate FM) "Re-launch of Gipsy Moth IV"

12-Sep-05: TV Interview (Westcountry News) "Success of Ocean Yachting degree"

25-Sep-05: TV Interview (Sky News) "Weather for Gipsy Moth IV departure"

01-Feb-06: Radio Interview (BBC Plymouth) "Tanker Collision in English Channel"

26-Feb-10: Meteorological / Astronomical Consultant: "Sunlight Symphony" Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival 2010