Dr. Patrick Heimbach is a physical oceanographer and senior research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He seeks to understand the ocean's general circulation, and its role in the climate system, using a state-of-the-art general circulation model. He combines the modeling with observations, from space and on the ground, to produce a three-dimensional, time-evolving simulation of the global ocean and its sea ice cover. His interests also include ice sheet, glacier and sea ice dynamics, as well as the interaction of polar ice sheets with the ocean and their contribution to sea level rise.
Thinning and calving both contribute to the loss of ice shelves in the Antarctic, but how to they affect sea level?
Scientific assessments are designed to help island residents cope with potential threats from sea level rise.
Kelvin waves, a potential precursor of El Niño conditions in the ocean, are rolling across the equatorial Pacific toward the coast of South America.