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Researcher: McCormack, F (Dr Felicity McCormack)

Fields of Research

Physical oceanography
Glaciology
Computational methods in fluid flow, heat and mass transfer (incl. computational fluid dynamics)
Geology
Oceanography
Atmospheric dynamics
Biological oceanography
Architectural design
Applied statistics
Chemical oceanography
Modelling and simulation
Geophysics
Geophysical and environmental fluid flows

Research Objectives

Effects of climate change on Antarctic and sub-Antarctic environments (excl. social impacts)
Climate variability (excl. social impacts)
Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences
Global effects of climate change (excl. Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and the South Pacific) (excl. social impacts)
Climate change models
Expanding knowledge in built environment and design
Effects of climate change on the South Pacific (excl. Australia and New Zealand) (excl. social impacts)
Expanding knowledge in the mathematical sciences
Measurement and assessment of freshwater quality (incl. physical and chemical conditions of water)
Antarctic and Southern Ocean oceanic processes
Atmospheric processes and dynamics
Expanding knowledge in the physical sciences

Career Best Publications

Effectiveness of the Bjerknes stability index in representing ocean dynamics; Climate Dynamics
Projected changes in the tropical Pacific Ocean of importance to tuna fisheries; Climatic Change
Quantifying the nonconservative production of conservative temperature, potential temperature, and entropy; Journal of Physical Oceanography
Reinvigorating research on the Western Pacific warm pool - first workshop; CLIVAR Exchanges

Research Publications

A high-resolution synthetic bed elevation grid of the Antarctic continent; Earth System Science Data
A new heat flux model for the Antarctic Peninsula incorporating spatially variable upper crustal radiogenic heat production; Geophysical Research Letters
A new heat flux model for the Antarctic Peninsula incorporating variable crustal radiogenic heat production; TACtical Workshop: Taking the Temperature of the Antarctic Continent
A note on digital elevation model smoothing and driving stresses; Polar Research
A synthetic high-resolution bedrock topography dataset for investigating resolution dependence of numerical ice-sheet model simulations; International Symposium on Interactions of Ice Sheets and Glaciers with the Ocean
Application of the ENSO Unified Oscillator theory to an ocean-only model; Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
Aurora Basin, the weak underbelly of East Antarctica; Geophysical Research Letters
Conservative temperature as the embodiment of the First Law of Thermodynamics: quantifying the error in treating potential temperature as “heat content”; IUGG General Assembly
Correlation confidence limits for unevenly sampled data; Computers and Geosciences
Effectiveness of the Bjerknes Stability (BJ) index in representing ocean dynamics; Tropical Weather and Climate Dynamics Workshop
Effectiveness of the Bjerknes stability index in representing ocean dynamics; Climate Dynamics
El Niño, La Niña, and the Southern Oscillation; Encyclopedia of Natural Resources
Equatorial quasi-geostrophy; 2012 Program in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
How coupled models alter El Nino ocean dynamics: a case study using the ACCESS coupled model; Centre of Excellence for Climate Systems Science
Implementing an empirical scalar constitutive relation for ice with flow-induced polycrystalline anisotropy in large-scale ice sheet models; The Cryosphere
Indelible Antarctica
Mistaking the cold tongue bias for a central Pacific El Niño: a case study using ACCESS-CM1.3; Ocean Science Conference
Oceanic melting driving East Antarctic ice sheet dynamics; 2017 Theo Murphy Australia Frontiers of Science Symposium
Position analysis: the Antarctic ice sheet and sea level
Projected changes in the tropical Pacific Ocean of importance to tuna fisheries; Climatic Change
Quantifying the nonconservative production of conservative temperature, potential temperature, and entropy; Journal of Physical Oceanography
Reassessing conceptual models of ENSO; Journal of Climate
Reconciling unevenly sampled paleoclimate proxies: a Gaussian kernel correlation multiproxy reconstruction; Journal of Environmental Informatics
Reinvigorating research on the Western Pacific warm pool - first workshop; CLIVAR Exchanges
Simulations of the edge of the Western Pacific Warm Pool in CMIP5, and the implications for climate change and ENSO dynamics; Ocean Sciences Meeting
The effect of anisotrophy on simulated ice dynamics: an idealised ice shelf example using the ice sheet system model; European Geophysical Union General Assembly
The impact of bed elevation resolution on Thwaites Glacier ice dynamics; Twenty-Fifth Annual WAIS Workshop
The impact of intrinsic ocean variability on the Totten Glacier’s contribution to sea level rise; European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2018
The impact of subglacial lakes on catchment-scale drainage dynamics in East Antarctica; American Geophysical Union 2016
The internal deformation regime of Thwaites Glacier; Twenty-Sixth Annual WAIS Workshop
Tipping point: how we predict when Antarctica's melting ice sheets will flood the seas
Totten Glacier subglacial hydrology determined from geophysics and modeling; Earth and Planetary Science Letters
Understanding the double peaked El Niño in coupled GCMs; Climate Dynamics
Water flux through Aurora Subglacial Basin and its impact on Totten Glacier stability; Buffalo Symposium: Timescales, Processes and Glacier Dynamics
What lies beneath Antarctica’s ice? Lakes, life and the grandest of canyons
What the models tell us: ice; Hobart for the Elizabeth and Frederick White Conference on the sensitivity of the Antarctic Ice Sheet to marine climate change: perspectives from the past

Research Projects

Assessing the sensitivity of ice sheet mass flux to high resolution bed topography; National Computational Infrastructure (NCI)
ICECAP II; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Improving the description of ice flow in numerical models of Antarctica and Greenland; University of Tasmania (UTAS)

Research Candidate Supervision