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Prof Adrian Jenkins


Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

0191 227 4118


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

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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  • 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
  • Ice front blocking of ocean heat transport to an Antarctic ice shelf, Wåhlin, A., Steiger, N., Darelius, E., Assmann, K., Glessmer, M., Ha, H., Herraiz-Borreguero, L., Heuzé, C., Jenkins, A., Kim, T., Mazur, A., Sommeria, J., Viboud, S. 27 Feb 2020, In: Nature
  • Intermittent structural weakening and acceleration of the Thwaites Glacier Tongue between 2000 and 2018, Miles, B., Stokes, C., Jenkins, A., Jordan, J., Jamieson, S., Gudmundsson, H. 1 Jun 2020, In: Journal of Glaciology
  • Modeling the vertical structure of the ice shelf–ocean boundary current under supercooled condition with suspended frazil ice processes, Cheng, C., Jenkins, A., Wang, Z., Liu, C. 1 Dec 2020, In: Ocean Modelling
  • An analytical derivation of ice-shelf basal melt based on the dynamics of meltwater plumes, Lazeroms, W., Jenkins, A., Rienstra, S., Van De Wal, R. 1 Apr 2019, In: Journal of Physical Oceanography
  • Assessment of sub-shelf melting parameterisations using the ocean-ice-sheet coupled model NEMO(v3.6)-Elmer/Ice(v8.3), Favier, L., Jourdain, N., Jenkins, A., Merino, N., Durand, G., Gagliardini, O., Gillet-Chaulet, F., Mathiot, P. 12 Jun 2019, In: Geoscientific Model Development
  • Modeling the influence of the Weddell polynya on the Filchner–Ronne ice shelf cavity, Naughten, K., Jenkins, A., Holland, P., Mugford, R., Nicholls, K., Munday, D. 15 Aug 2019, In: Journal of Climate
  • Responses of sub-ice platelet layer thickening rate and frazil-ice concentration to variations in ice-shelf water supercooling in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica, Cheng, C., Jenkins, A., Holland, P., Wang, Z., Liu, C., Xia, R. 29 Jan 2019, In: Cryosphere
  • West Antarctic ice loss influenced by internal climate variability and anthropogenic forcing, Holland, P., Bracegirdle, T., Dutrieux, P., Jenkins, A., Steig, E. 1 Sep 2019, In: Nature Geoscience
  • Wind-driven processes controlling oceanic heat delivery to the Amundsen Sea, Antarctica, Dotto, T., Garabato, A., Bacon, S., Holland, P., Kimura, S., Firing, Y., Tsamados, M., Wåhlin, A., Jenkins, A. 1 Nov 2019, In: Journal of Physical Oceanography

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Emma White Start: 01/10/2020

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