Patrick Heimbach, PhD Fellow of the W.A. "Tex" Moncrief, Jr. Endowment in Simulation-Based Engineering and Sciences Chair No. 3
I am a physical oceanographer, climate researcher, computational scientist, and hobby glaciologist. My main research interest is understanding the general circulation of the ocean, the dynamics of the marine (and marine-terminating) cryosphere, and their role in the global climate system.
As part of the “Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean” (ECCO) consortium, we are applying inverse methods for the purpose of fitting a general circulation model with much of the available satellite and in-situ observations to produce an optimal estimate of the time-evolving state over the past few decades of the global ocean and sea ice. ECCO products support ocean circulation and climate variability research on time scales of days to decades. Emerging research foci are understanding the dynamics of sea level change, the provision of formal uncertainties along with these estimates and implications for improving the global ocean observing system for climate.
I have also become interested in the cryosphere. My group, the ICES Computational Research in Ice and Ocean Systems Group, is improving simulations of coupled sea ice-ocean dynamics in the Arctic and the Southern Ocean. Furthermore, we are investigating the polar ice sheets, their dynamics, their interaction with the ocean, and their contributions to sea level change.
I am co-founder and co-organizer of the Norwegian-led international Advanced Climate Dynamics Courses (ACDC), held annually since 2009.