I am working on Atmosphere-Ocean interactions and the basic physics of oceanic and atmospheric circulations. I enjoy developing simple theoretical models and use them as guides for the analysis of observational records and outputs from coupled climate models simulations.
CURRENT PROJECTS

Submitted papers Link
Poleward energy transport: is the standard definition physically relevant at all times scales? (with Minyi Liang, Rune Graversen and Remi Tailleux, Climate Dynamics, in press)
A warm path to Gulf Stream - Troposphere interactions (with Luke Sheldon, Benoit Vanniere, Cyril Morcrette, Benoit Sohet, Mathieu Casado and Doug Smith, Tellus, in press)
The contribution of the cold sector of extra-tropical cyclones to mean state features over the Gulf Stream in winter (with B. Vanniere and Helen Dacre, submitted to Quart. J. Roy. met. Soc.).
Recent published papers Link
A cold path for Gulf Stream - troposphere connection (with B. Vanniere, H. Dacre and T. Woollings, J. Climate, 2017).
A simple diagnostic for the detection of atmospheric fronts (with Rhys Parfitt and Hyodae Seo, Geophys. Res. Let., 2017).
The impact of SST resolution change in the ERA-Interim reanalysis on wintertime Gulf Stream frontal air-sea interaction (with Rhys Parfitt and Young-Oh Kwon, Geophys. Res. Let., 2017).
The atmospheric frontal response to SST perturbations in the Gulf Stream region (with R. Parfitt, S. Minobe and A. Kuwano-Yoshida, Geophs. Res. Let., 2016).
The effects of increasing humidity on the heat transport by extra-tropical waves (with Ruth Geen and Jo Haigh, Geophys. Res. Let., 2016).
Mechanisms controlling the SST air-sea heatflux feedback and its dependence on spatial scale (with U. Hausmann and J. Marshall, Clim. Dyn., 2016).
Estimate of air-sea feedback on sea surface temperature anomalies in the Southern Ocean (with U. Hausmann and J. Marshall, J. Clim, 2016).
A PV signature for the cold sector of extra-tropical cyclones (with B. Vanniere, H. Dacre, T. Woollings and R. Parfitt, ; Quart. J. Roy. Met. Soc, 2015).
On the contribution of synoptic transients to the mean atmospheric state in the Gulf Stream region (with R. Parfitt, Quart. J. Roy. Met. Soc., 2015).
Why is there net surface heating over the Antarctic Circumpolar Current? (with J. Marshall, Ocean Dynamics, 2015).
A steady state model for the study of tropical cyclone wind profile (with S. Wang, R. Toumi and A. van Kan; Quart. J. Roy. Met. Soc., 2015).
On local and zonal pulses of atmospheric heat transport in reanalyses data (with G. Messori, Quart. J. Roy. Met. Soc., 2015).
A consideration of the forcings of climate change using simple physics (discussion paper No2 of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change). The slides of the talk given on this topic at the Institute of Physics on 30 May 2012 can be found here .
All publications
Notes and Models
Summer schools, workshops and other Link
Notes for the Atmospheric Physics course at Imperial. Answers to problems can be found here for Chapter 1, Chapter 2,Chapter 3, Chapter 4 and Chapter 5.
Notes for the 2012 ECMWF workshop on seasonal prediction: does ocean-atmosphere coupling invigorate or damp the storm track?
Notes on symmetric instability
Notes for the 2008 Bjerknes lectures in Bergen: Ertel's PV, gyres and the thermohaline circulation.
Notes on midlatitude climate variability: PNA, NAO, annular modes and their interaction with the ocean circulation (MIT fall 2004).
Models Link
The Environmental Physics course's Two-Box Climate Model website
PHD PROJECTS
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- Coupling of oceanic and atmospheric heat transport in the Tropics, Clare Heaviside (now working at the Health Protection Agency)
- Thermohaline circulation and ocean-atmosphere interactions, Nicky Howe (now post-doc at ESSC in Reading)
- Climatic impact of the stratosphere in an aquaplanet coupled model (co-supervised with Prof J. Haigh), Jacob Cheung (now postdoc at the Met Office)
- Robust response of the ocean to global warming, Christopher Dancel (writing up)
- Air-sea interactions and ocean eddies, Ute Hausmann (writing up)
- Interior ocean eddies, winds and Rossby waves, Chris O'Reilly (3rd year)
- Cryospheric feedbacks on the thermohaline circulation, Gabriele Messori (2nd year)
- Air-sea interactions over western boundary currents, Rhys Parfitt (2nd year)
- Ocean-atmosphere coupling through moist convection, Luke Sheldon (1st year)
LINKS
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- Space and Atmospheric Physics Group at Imperial
- Grantham Insitute for Climate Change
- eWOCE
- ERA40 Atlas
- Physical Oceanography on-line, courtesy of Bob Stewart (TAMU)
- Website designed by Laurent Mery (merci Lolo!)
- Yakushima