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Dr Christopher Bull


Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

Christopher Bull

Chris studies Antarctic ocean ice-shelf interactions using numerical models as a tool to improve our understanding of observed or modelled phenomena. Chris is working with Prof Adrian Jenkins in the European Horizon 2020 research project TiPACCs. The overall aim of TiPACCs is to assess the likelihood of large and abrupt near-future changes in the contribution of the Antarctic Ice Sheet to global sea level, caused by tipping points in the Antarctic continental shelf seas and the Antarctic Ice Sheet. We are interested in improving our understanding of the dynamics associated with an ‘Ocean Tipping Point’ or the possibility of the Antarctic continental shelf seas changing from cold to warm states.


Chris’ PhD at UNSW (Australia) focused on how Australia’s boundary currents are connected, under what mechanisms/timescales they vary and how their circulation could be explained in the future.

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  • An Amundsen Sea source of decadal temperature changes on the Antarctic continental shelf, Drijfhout, S., Bull, C., Hewitt, H., Holland, P., Jenkins, A., Mathiot, P., Garabato, A. 1 Jan 2024, In: Ocean Dynamics
  • Predicting ocean-induced ice-shelf melt rates using deep learning, Rosier, S., Bull, C., Woo, W., Gudmundsson, G. 7 Feb 2023, In: The Cryosphere
  • Internal tsunamigenesis and ocean mixing driven by glacier calving in Antarctica, Meredith, M., Inall, M., Brearley, J., Ehmen, T., Sheen, K., Munday, D., Cook, A., Retallick, K., Van Landeghem, K., Gerrish, L., Annett, A., Carvalho, F., Jones, R., Naveira Garabato, A., Bull, C., Wallis, B., Hogg, A., Scourse, J. 25 Nov 2022, In: Science Advances
  • The circum-Antarctic ice-shelves respond to a more positive Southern Annular Mode with regionally varied melting, Verfaillie, D., Pelletier, C., Goosse, H., Jourdain, N., Bull, C., Dalaiden, Q., Favier, V., Fichefet, T., Wille, J. 1 Dec 2022, In: Communications Earth and Environment
  • East Australian cyclones and air‐sea feedbacks, Sérazin, G., Di Luca, A., Gupta, A., Rogé, M., Jourdain, N., Argüeso, D., Bull, C. 27 Oct 2021, In: Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres
  • Remote control of Filchner‐Ronne Ice Shelf melt rates by the Antarctic Slope Current, Bull, C., Jenkins, A., Jourdain, N., Vaňková, I., Holland, P., Mathiot, P., Hausmann, U., Sallée, J. Feb 2021, In: Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans
  • Regional versus remote atmosphere‐ocean drivers of the rapid projected intensification of the East Australian Current, Bull, C., Kiss, A., Sen Gupta, A., Jourdain, N., Argüeso, D., Di Luca, A., Sérazin, G. Jul 2020, In: Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans
  • The Role of the New Zealand Plateau in the Tasman Sea Circulation and Separation of the East Australian Current, Bull, C., Kiss, A., van Sebille, E., Jourdain, N., England, M. Feb 2018, In: Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans
  • Wind Forced Variability in Eddy Formation, Eddy Shedding, and the Separation of the East Australian Current, Bull, C., Kiss, A., Jourdain, N., England, M., van Sebille, E. Dec 2017, In: Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans
  • Sources, fate, and pathways of Leeuwin Current water in the Indian Ocean and Great Australian Bight: A Lagrangian study in an eddy-resolving ocean model, Yit Sen Bull, C., van Sebille, E. Mar 2016, In: Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans

Currently supervising Jing Jin: "The Response of Amery Ice Shelf to Ocean Variability". Affiliation: School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol.

I am interested in supervising students on interesting puzzles using ocean models as a heuristic for us to learn more about ocean dynamics and ocean ice-shelf interactions. Examples include:

  • Local versus remote drivers in Weddell Sea ice-shelf melt rates;
  • Rapid local wind drivers of the East Australian Current extension.

Please get in touch if you are interested.

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