Dr Kaitlin Naughten is an ocean modeller at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge, UK.
She became interested in climate science as a teenager on the Canadian Prairies, and increasingly began to notice the discrepancies between scientific and public knowledge on climate change. She started writing this blog at age sixteen to help address this gap in public understanding, and it slowly evolved into a record of her research as a young climate scientist.
Kaitlin’s first research experience came during her undergraduate degree at the University of Manitoba. Each summer she travelled somewhere new to work as a research assistant: to the University of Toronto with Prof Steve Easterbrook, the University of Victoria with Prof Andrew Weaver, and the University of New South Wales in Australia with Prof Katrin Meissner.
She returned to Australia for her PhD, supervised by Prof Meissner as well as Dr Ben Galton-Fenzi and Prof Matthew England. At point she began to specialise in ice-ocean modelling: simulating the interactions of Antarctic ice shelves with the surrounding Southern Ocean, and the potential consequences for sea level rise. This theme has continued into Kaitlin’s first postdoc at the British Antarctic Survey, where she is focusing on the Weddell Sea region of Antarctica and the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf cavity.
The header image is from St Clair Beach in Dunedin, New Zealand, where Kaitlin was born. (In Dunedin, that is, not on the beach.)
Please note Kaitlin’s former surname Alexander.
- Naughten et al., 2018: Future projections of Antarctic ice shelf melting based on CMIP5 scenarios. Journal of Climate.
- Naughten et al., 2018: Intercomparison of Antarctic ice-shelf, ocean, and sea-ice interactions simulated by MetROMS-iceshelf and FESOM 1.4. Geoscientific Model Development.
- Naughten et al., 2017: Spurious sea ice formation caused by oscillatory ocean tracer advection schemes. Ocean Modelling.
- Alexander, Meissner, and Bralower, 2015: Sudden spreading of corrosive bottom water during the Palaeocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum. Nature Geoscience.
- Alexander and Easterbrook, 2015: The software architecture of climate models: a graphical comparison of CMIP5 and EMICAR5 configurations. Geoscientific Model Development 8.
- Meissner et al., 2014: The Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum: How much carbon is enough? Paleoceanography 19.
- Bralower et al., 2014: The dynamics of global change at the Paleocene-Eocene thermal maximum: A data-model comparison. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 15.
- Zickfeld et al., 2013: Long-Term Climate Change Commitment and Reversibility: An EMIC Intercomparison. Journal of Climate 26: 5782-5809.
- Eby et al., 2013: Historical and idealized climate model experiments: an intercomparison of Earth system models of intermediate complexity. Climate of the Past 9: 1111-1140.
- Weaver et al., 2012: Stability of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation: A model intercomparison. Geophysical Research Letters 39: L20709.
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