Dr. Richard Sanders is Director of the ICOS Ocean Thematic Centre (OTC) at the Norwegian Research Centre (NORCE), the co‐hosting
institute of the OTC as part of the Bjerknes Centre. Richard Sanders holds a PhD in Environmental Science, a Master’s
Degree in Oceanography and an Undergraduate Degree in Chemistry. From 2010 to 2019, he has been Chair of the Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems group at National Oceanography Centre (NOC), in Southampton (U.k.). Dr. Sanders is currently Staff Scientist at NOC, awarded Honorary Chair by University of Southampton in 2014. He particpated to 28 funded research proposals (NERC, UK Govt, EU), lead PI on the NERC large project ‘Controls over Ocean Mesopelagic Interior Carbon Storage and Long term Multicentre’ (COMICS) and a Long term Multicentre programme ‘Land Ocean Carbon Transfer’ (LOCATE).
His research interests are related to the Ocean Carbon (C) Cycle and its role within the Earth System. He worked on the Biological Carbon Pump (BCP), he developed programmes in the area of land ocean C fluxes, coastal shelf seas, the solubility pump and blue carbon burial. Many of these latter components have involved the development of an extensive collaborative network in the Falkland Islands, Belize, Malaysia and Singapore.