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Researcher: Williams, GD (Dr Guy Williams)

Fields of Research

Physical Oceanography
Glaciology
Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
Biological Oceanography
Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience
Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
Chemical Oceanography
Climate Change Processes
Ocean Engineering
Oceanography
Physical Sciences
Microbiology
Geophysics
Palaeoclimatology
Ecosystem Function
Biogeography and Phylogeography
Earth Sciences
Biological Physics
Numerical Analysis
Interdisciplinary Engineering
Ship and Platform Structures
Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

Research Objectives

Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Oceanography
Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Environments (excl. Social Impacts)
Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability
Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Environments
Climate and Climate Change
Expanding Knowledge in the Earth Sciences
Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water in Coastal and Estuarine Environments
Climate Variability (excl. Social Impacts)
Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Marine Oceanic Processes (excl. climate related)
Expanding Knowledge in Technology
Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments
Coastal and Estuarine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Water Transport
Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
Climate Change Models
Environmentally Sustainable Mineral Resource Activities

Career Best Publications

A Southern Indian Ocean database of hydrographic profiles obtained with instrumented elephant seals; Nature Scientific Data
Antarctic Bottom Water from the Adélie and George V Land coast, East Antarctica (140-149°E); Journal of Geophysical Research
Antarctic Bottom Water production by intense sea-ice formation in the Cape Darnley polynya; Nature Geoscience
Formation and export of dense shelf water from the Adélie Depression, East Antarctica; Journal of Geophysical Research
Glacier tongue calving reduced dense water formation and enhanced carbon uptake; Geophysical Research Letters
Impact of the Mertz Glacier Tongue calving on dense water formation and export; Nature Communications
Potential regime shift in decreased sea ice production after the Mertz Glacier calving; Nature Communications
Surface oceanography of BROKE-West, along the Antarctic margin of the south-west Indian Ocean (30-80 degrees E); Deep-Sea Research Part II -Topical Studies in Oceanography
The suppression of Antarctic bottom water formation by melting ice shelves in Prydz Bay; Nature Communications
Thick and deformed Antarctic sea ice mapped with autonomous underwater vehicles; Nature Geoscience

Research Publications

Primary productivity off the Antarctic coast from 30 degrees-80 degrees E; BROKE-West survey, 2006; Deep-Sea Research. Part 2: Topical Studies in Oceanography
3D Antarctic map to chart impact of climate change
A review of recent changes in Southern Ocean sea ice, their drivers and forcings; Global and Planetary Change
A Southern Indian Ocean database of hydrographic profiles obtained with instrumented elephant seals; Nature Scientific Data
Adelie Land Bottom Water; 1st Climate Variability and Predictability conference
Adelie Land Bottom Water Formation; 16th International Association Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research
Adélie Land Bottom Water
An overview of the Synoptic Antarctic Shelf-Slope Interactions (SASSI) project for the International Polar Year; Ocean Science
Antarctic Bottom Water from the Adélie and George V Land coast, East Antarctica (140-149°E); Journal of Geophysical Research
Antarctic Bottom Water production by intense sea-ice formation in the Cape Darnley polynya; Nature Geoscience
Antarctic bottom water production from the Vincennes Bay Polynya, East Antarctica; Geophysical Research Letters
Antarctic coastal polynya response to climate change; Journal of Geophysical Research
Antarctic ice thicker than previously thought, study finds
Antarctic Sea Ice Biology; Gordon Research Conference
Antarctic sea ice grows to record
Antarctic sea ice is INCREASING: Big freeze breaks records - but scientists claim the rise is caused by global warming
Antarctic seals going where no scientist can
Beyond Point Measurements: Sea Ice Floes Characterized in 3-D
Biological modification of carbonate chemistry in dense water outflows from the Mertz Polynya, East Antarctica; International Symposium on Sea Ice in a Changing Environment
Biophysical coupling in remotely-sensed wind stress, sea surface temperature, sea ice and chlorophyll concentrations in the South Indian Ocean; Deep-Sea Research Part 2 -Topical Studies in Oceanography
Carbon cycling dynamics in the seasonal sea-ice zone of East Antarctica; Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans
Carbonate chemistry in the Mertz Polynya (East Antarctica): Biological and physical modification of dense water outflows and the export of anthropogenic CO2; Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans
Circulation of modified Circumpolar Deep Water and basal melt beneath the Amery Ice Shelf, East Antarctica; Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans
Circumpolar habitat use in the southern elephant seal: implications for foraging success and population trajectories; Ecosphere
Cold hard facts: Underwater robot measures Antarctic sea ice
Cumulative solar irradiance and potential large-scale sea ice algae distribution off East Antarctica (30oE-150oE); Polar Biology
Dense shelf water formation and brine-driven circulation in the Adélie and George V Land region; Ocean Modelling
Dense shelf water formation and sea ice growth rates from the Mertz Glacier; 2nd International Ross Sea Conference
Dimethylsulphide and dimethylsulphoniopropionate in the South-West Indian Ocean sector of East Antarctica from 30 degrees to 80 degrees E during BROKE-West ; Deep-Sea Research. Part 2: Topical Studies in Oceanography
Distribution and abundance of Larvaceans in the Southern Ocean between 30 and 80 degrees E; Deep-Sea Research Part Ii-Topical Studies in Oceanography
Distribution and abundance of marine microbes in the Southern Ocean between 30 and 80 degrees E; Deep-Sea Research Part II-Topical Studies in Oceanography
Distribution of water masses and meltwater on the continental shelf near the Totten and Moscow University ice shelves; Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans
Dots on the Rox
Dots on the Rox
Downslope Mixing of Antarctic Bottom Water from East Antarctic Polynyas; Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR XXX) SCAR-IASC Open Science Conference
Drones and robots monitor polar ice
Drones in a cold climate; Eos
Ecology of Weddell seals during winter: Influence of environmental parameters on their foraging behaviour; Deep-Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography
Elephant seals help solve 30-year mystery
Estimates of the Southern Ocean general circulation improved by animal-borne instruments; Geophysical Research Letters
Fact check: Rupert Murdoch misleading on North and South Poles
First results from a CryoSat-2 calibration experiment in the East Antarctic sea ice zone, SIPEX-2; CryoSat-2 Third User Workshop
Formation and export of dense shelf water from the Adélie Depression, East Antarctica; Journal of Geophysical Research
Getting to the bottom of an Antarctic mystery
Glacier tongue calving reduced dense water formation and enhanced carbon uptake; Geophysical Research Letters
Gut contents and isotopic profiles of Salpa fusiformis and Thalia democratica; Marine Biology
Impact of the Mertz Glacier Tongue calving on dense water formation and export; Nature Communications
Introduction: SIPEX-2: a study of sea-ice physical, biogeochemical and ecosystem processes off East Antarctica during spring 2012; Deep-Sea Research. Part 2
Krill (Euphausia superba) abundance and Adelie penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) breeding performance in the waters off the Bechervaise Island colony, East Antarctica in 2 years with contrasting ecological conditions ; Deep-Sea Research. Part 2: Topical Studies in Oceanography
Late Winter Oceanography beneath East Antarctic Sea Ice during SIPEX; Japan Oceanographic Society Fall Meeting
Late winter oceanography off the Sabrina and BANZARE coast (117-128°E), East Antarctica; Deep-Sea Research. Part 2: Topical Studies in Oceanography
Long-term freshening of Adelie Depression Dense Shelf Water; IUGG
Long-term freshening of the Adelie Depression Shelf Water; International Polar Year Science Conference
Model simulations investigate Totten thinning
Modeling ocean–cryosphere interactions off Adélie and George V Land, East Antarctica; Journal of Climate
Modeling water mass formation in the Mertz Glacier Polynya and Adelie Depression, East Antarctica; Journal of Geophysical Research
Modelling acoustic propagation beneath Antarctic sea ice using measured environmental parameters; Deep-Sea Research. Part 2: Topical Studies in Oceanography
Modelling ocean-ice interactions beneath the Mertz Glacier; 1st Climate in the Cryosphere (CLIC) conference
New Antarctic sea ice record — but scientists aren’t ‘confounded’
Observations of Downslope Flows along the Adélie Land coast; Japan Oceanographic Society Spring meeting
Observing the Southern Ocean with Elephant Seals; 2nd Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Open Science Conference
Position analysis: Antarctic sea ice and climate change 2014
Potential regime shift in decreased sea ice production after the Mertz Glacier calving; Nature Communications
Regional circulation around Heard and McDonald Islands and through the Fawn Trough, central Kerguelen Plateau; Deep-Sea Research. Part 1: Oceanographic Research Papers
Remote-controlled submarines reveal Antarctic sea ice is thicker than previously thought
Revealing elephant seals
Robot subs find Antarctic sea ice thicker than expected
Robotic subs reveal thicker Antarctic sea ice
Robots reveal thicker Antarctic sea ice
Satellite remote sensing of Antarctic sea-ice roughness using scatterometer data; International Symposium on Sea Ice in a Changing Environment
Sea ice production variability in Antarctic coastal polynyas; Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans
Sea ice thickness measured
Sea-ice growth and water mass modification in the Mertz Glacier Polynya, East Antarctica, during winter; Annals of Glaciology
Seal scientists helping solve climate questions
Seals dive deep to solve cold water mystery
Seals help identify Antarctic bottom water
Seals help solve deep water mystery
Seals solve icy mystery
Seals take scientists to Antarctic's ocean floor
Simultaneous ice thickness and oceanographic measurements by an AUV in the North East Water Polynya; European Geosciences Union General Assembly
Submarine reveals true state of Antarctic sea ice
Summertime mixed layer development in the marginal sea ice zone off the Mawson coast, East Antarctica; Deep-Sea Research. Part 2: Topical Studies in Oceanography
Surface Oceanography during the BROKE-West research voyage (30-80E); 2nd Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Open Science Conference
Surface oceanography of BROKE-West, along the Antarctic margin of the south-west Indian Ocean (30-80 degrees E); Deep-Sea Research Part II -Topical Studies in Oceanography
Tagged seals help find missing piece in global climate puzzle; Nature News
The Antarctic Slope Front along East Antarctica, 30-80 East; European Geophysical Union Spring Meeting
The Antarctic Slope Front along East Antarctica, 30-80 East; American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting
The circulation and water masses of the Antarctic shelf and continental slope between 30 and 80°E; Deep-Sea Research. Part 2: Topical Studies in Oceanography
The cyclonic circulation in the Australian-Antarctic basin simulated by an eddy-resolving general circulation model; Ocean Dynamics
The suppression of Antarctic bottom water formation by melting ice shelves in Prydz Bay; Nature Communications
Thick and deformed Antarctic sea ice mapped with autonomous underwater vehicles; Nature Geoscience
Underwater robot produces first precise map of Antarctic sea ice depth
Upper ocean stratification and sea ice growth rates during the summer-fall transition, as revealed by Elephant seal foraging in the Ad´elie Depression, East Antarctica; Ocean Sciences
Very thick and heavily deformed Antarctic sea ice captured in 3-D by autonomous underwater vehicle; International Symposium on Sea Ice in a Changing Environment
Vox on the Rox
Where the icy water at the bottom of the ocean comes from
Winter-time oceanography of the Adelie Depression; Deep-Sea Research ll

Research Projects

Advancing wave-ice models of Antarctic sea ice with autonomous observations; Australian Research Council (ARC)
An integrated study of Antarctic land-fast sea ice physical and biological processes; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
An integrated study of processes linking sea ice and biological ecosystem elements off East Antarctica during winter : 2007/08 season; Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA)
Australia-China Young Researcher Exchange Program 2013; The Group of Eight Ltd (GoE)
Autonomous platforms and biotagging data: new approaches for understanding variability and change across the Antarctic ocean/sea-ice climate system; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Collaborative Autosub Science Extreme Environments - Travel Bursary; National Environmental Research Council (NERC)
FY2007 JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers; Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Japan visit; Australian Academy of Science (AASc)
Ocean forced evolution of the Antarctic Ice Sheet; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Quantifying the impact of glacial melt water on Antarctic bottom water formation; CSIRO-Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Research in Paris Fellowship; Bureau de la Recherche et de L'Innovation (BR&I)
Sea Ice Physics and Ecosystems Experiment II - an integrated study of physical and ecological sea ice processes off East Antarctica during spring; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Seals as Oceanographic Samplers; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Visiting Support Program - Measuring waves in ice; Office of Naval Research Global (ONR)

Research Candidate Supervision

Quantifying the Impact of Glacial Melt Water on Antarctic Bottom Water
The Implications of Environmental Change on the Relative Importance of Salps, Copepods and Krill in the Storm Bay (Tasmania) Ecosystem