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Prof Adrian Jenkins


Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

Adrian Jenkins

0191 227 4118

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My research focuses on the interaction between the Earth’s ice sheets and oceans, with a particular emphasis on Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.  There the interaction between ice and ocean occurs mainly beneath the vast floating ice shelves.  I have undertaken fieldwork, both on the ice and aboard ships from which I have deployed autonomous submarines to make observations beneath the ice.  I have also developed numerical models of the critical processes, ranging from relatively simple one-dimensional models to complex Earth System Models.  The ultimate aim of my work is to understand how the ocean drives change in the ice sheet and how that will impact global climate and sea level in the future.

Key Publications

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  • Ice front retreat reconfigures meltwater-driven gyres modulating ocean heat delivery to an Antarctic ice shelf, Yoon, S., Lee, W., Nam, S., Lee, C., Yun, S., Heywood, K., Boehme, L., Zheng, Y., Lee, I., Choi, Y., Jenkins, A., Jin, E., Larter, R., Wellner, J., Dutrieux, P., Bradley, A. 13 Jan 2022, In: Nature Communications
  • Coupling the U.K. Earth System Model to Dynamic Models of the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets, Smith, R., Mathiot, P., Siahaan, A., Lee, V., Cornford, S., Gregory, J., Payne, A., Jenkins, A., Holland, P., Ridley, J., Jones, C. 1 Oct 2021, In: Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems
  • Interannual Variation of Modified Circumpolar Deep Water in the Dotson‐Getz Trough, West Antarctica, Kim, T., Yang, H., Dutrieux, P., Wåhlin, A., Jenkins, A., Kim, Y., Ha, H., Kim, C., Cho, K., Park, T., Park, J., Lee, S., Cho, Y. 12 Nov 2021, In: Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans
  • Recent acceleration of Denman Glacier (1972–2017), East Antarctica, driven by grounding line retreat and changes in ice tongue configuration, Miles, B., Jordan, J., Stokes, C., Jamieson, S., Gudmundsson, H., Jenkins, A. 11 Feb 2021, In: Cryosphere
  • 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
  • Shear, Stability and Mixing within the Ice-Shelf-Ocean Boundary Current, Jenkins, A. 1 Jul 2021, In: Journal of Physical Oceanography
  • The sensitivity of Cook Glacier, East Antarctica, to changes in ice-shelf extent and grounding-line position, Jordan, J., Gudmundsson, H., Jenkins, A., Stokes, C., Miles, B., Jamieson, S. 6 Oct 2021, In: Journal of Glaciology
  • Topography generation by melting and freezing in a turbulent shear flow, Couston, L., Hester, E., Favier, B., Taylor, J., Holland, P., Jenkins, A. 25 Mar 2021, In: Journal of Fluid Mechanics
  • Two-timescale response of a large Antarctic ice shelf to climate change, Naughten, K., De Rydt, J., Rosier, S., Jenkins, A., Holland, P., Ridley, J. Dec 2021, In: Nature Communications
  • Control of the Oceanic Heat Content of the Getz‐Dotson Trough, Antarctica, by the Amundsen Sea Low, Dotto, T., Naveira Garabato, A., Wåhlin, A., Bacon, S., Holland, P., Kimura, S., Tsamados, M., Herraiz‐Borreguero, L., Kalén, O., Jenkins, A. 18 Aug 2020, In: Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans

Current and Recent Projects

PGR Supervision

Emma White Ocean Circulation and Ice Shelf Melting in the Bellingshausen Sea, Antarctica Start Date: 01/10/2020


  • PhD August 31 1992
  • Member International Glaciological Society (IGS) 1985

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