I am a PhD student at the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM), UCL studying the sea ice and ocean surrounding Antarctica. This project is primarily supervised by Daniel Feltham (CPOM, now at Reading University), with secondary supervision provided by Paul Holland from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS).
Scientists have recently observed a rapid ocean-driven thinning and acceleration of the Pine Island Glacier in the Amundsen Sea embayment, West Antarctica. It is believed the rapid thinning of the Pine Island Glacier is driven mainly by warm ocean currents below the ice shelf. These warm ocean currents are only found in specific regions surrounding Antarctica, meaning ice shelves in other regions (such as the much larger Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf in the Weddell Sea) are better protected from the warm ocean waters circumnavigating Antarctica. Click here
for a more detailed overview.
In my research I am developing and running computer simulations to further our understanding of this crucial region of the Earth's climate system. I am using both an idealised sea ice-ocean model
I have developed during my PhD, and a more complex sea ice climate model component (CICE) developed in Los Alamos.
Specifically I am using these models to help us understand how sea ice impacts the ocean surrounding Antarctica.
Please take a look at some of the links at the top of this page to learn more about the research I am involved in.