Energy Research at the University of Washington

Cecilia M. Bitz

Energy Research Area: The role of ice in the climate system and high-latitude climate and climate change, including the future greenhouse warming climate and climates of the past. Coupled biological-climate systems, climate modeling, and prediction.

Associate Professor
College of the Environment
Atmospheric Sciences

I am investigating the rapid retreat and extreme variability of Arctic sea ice in the 21st century and ice ages, as well as climate feedbacks involving sea ice. I study biogeochemical processes that may leave a signature of past climate change recorded in ice on Greenland and Antarctica. I work with a team of UW scientists to examine how past climate change influenced settlement of the Kuril Islands. A new area of research for me is to examine the impacts of climate engineering. To study ice-climate interactions, I developing models, from simple reduced models to sophisticated climate-system models.

September sea ice extent projections in the Arctic from seven runs of the Community Climate System Model version 3 (CCSM3) with observations from satellites
September sea ice extent projections in the Arctic from seven runs of the Community Climate System Model version 3 (CCSM3) with observations from satellites

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Record last updated on January 7th 2011 PDT.