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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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  • Modelling present-day basal melt rates for Antarctic ice shelves using a parametrization of buoyant meltwater plumes, Lazeroms, W., Jenkins, A., Gudmundsson, G., Van De Wal, R. 9 Jan 2018, In: Cryosphere
  • Representing grounding line migration in synchronous coupling between a marine ice sheet model and a z-coordinate ocean model, Goldberg, D., Snow, K., Holland, P., Jordan, J., Campin, J., Heimbach, P., Arthern, R., Jenkins, A. 29 Mar 2018, In: Ocean Modelling
  • West Antarctic Ice Sheet retreat in the Amundsen Sea driven by decadal oceanic variability, Jenkins, A., Shoosmith, D., Dutrieux, P., Jacobs, S., Kim, T., Lee, S., Ha, H., Stammerjohn, S. 1 Oct 2018, In: Nature Geoscience
  • Atmosphere-ocean-ice interactions in the Amundsen Sea Embayment, West Antarctica, Turner, J., Orr, A., Gudmundsson, G., Jenkins, A., Bingham, R., Hillenbrand, C., Bracegirdle, T. 1 Mar 2017, In: Reviews of Geophysics
  • The Response of Ice Sheets to Climate Variability, Snow, K., Goldberg, D., Holland, P., Jordan, J., Arthern, R., Jenkins, A. 16 Dec 2017, In: Geophysical Research Letters
  • Decadal ocean forcing and Antarctic ice sheet response, Jenkins, A., Dutrieux, P., Jacobs, S., Steig, E., Gudmundsson, G., Smith, J., Heywood, K. 1 Dec 2016, In: Oceanography
  • On the Conditional Frazil Ice Instability in Seawater, Jordan, J., Kimura, S., Holland, P., Jenkins, A., Piggott, M. Apr 2015, In: Journal of Physical Oceanography
  • Geometric and oceanographic controls on melting beneath Pine Island Glacier, De Rydt, J., Holland, P., Dutrieux, P., Jenkins, A. Apr 2014, In: Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans
  • Modeling ice-ocean interaction in ice-shelf crevasses, Jordan, J., Holland, P., Jenkins, A., Piggott, M., Kimura, S. 1 Feb 2014, In: Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans
  • Strong sensitivity of pine Island ice-shelf melting to climatic variability, Dutrieux, P., De Rydt, J., Jenkins, A., Holland, P., Ha, H., Lee, S., Steig, E., Ding, Q., Abrahamsen, E., Schröder, M. 10 Jan 2014, In: Science


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