Specialties: Marine Technology
Ralph Rayner is Sector Director, Energy and Environment for BMT Group and Chairman of Sonardyne International. He is also a Professorial Research Fellow at the Centre for Analysis of Time Series at the London School of Economics as well as serving as Industry Liaison for the NOAA Integrated Ocean Observing System. He is an oceanographer with more than 25 years' experience in the provision of consultancy services to the maritime industries and to government agencies concerned with the marine environment. He currently coordinates industry involvement in ocean observations on behalf of the US Federal Interagency Ocean Observation Committee and chairs the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Global Ocean Observing System Scientific Steering Committee. Ralph works at Board level with a number of specialist ocean science and technology businesses in the UK and the United States; he is a Vice President of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEst); a member of the Council of the Society for Underwater Technology and an Executive Council member of the Association of Marine Scientific Industries. He contributes to a number of international research programmes concerned with understanding and predicting the ocean environment and has authored numerous marine scientific papers and reports as well as contributing to a number of books on ocean science and technology. In addition to these roles, Rayner is a Trustee of Plymouth Marine Laboratory and chairs the Plymouth Marine Laboratory Science Advisory Council.
Rayner has a BSc in biology, an MSc in underwater science and technology and a PhD in physical oceanography. He has authored numerous scientific and technical papers and reports. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Operational Oceanography and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Marine Technology, International Underwater Systems Design and the Journal of the Society for Underwater Technology.