Hi, I’m Ella. This is me.

I am a NERC-funded PhD student at the British Antarctic Survey/University of East Anglia studying the atmospheric drivers of the melting observed on ice shelves around the Antarctic Peninsula, most notably on the Larsen C.

The Antarctic Peninsula is one of the most rapidly warming regions on Earth, its annual mean temperatures having risen by 3.35°C from 1962-2010 (Cape et al., 2015). This makes the ice shelves around the peninsula vulnerable to collapse, and on top of this list is Larsen C, which is the largest remaining ice shelf on the peninsula.

Larsen C is now a much more lonely ice shelf, its neighbours Larsen A and B having collapsed in 1995 and 2003, respectively. This would indicate that the same factors that caused Larsen A and B to fall into the sea might have a similar effect on Larsen C. I want to find out if this is the case, and if so, over what sort of time scales this might be expected to take place.

I’m using the Met Office’s Unified Model (that’s the MetUM to you and me) to examine the processes that are involved in driving melt and ice sheet collapse, and to look at how this might change. That involves looking at fine-scale features such as foehn winds, synoptic features like weather systems, regional features such as the Southern Annular Mode, and global drivers like greenhouse gas concentrations and how these affect Larsen C.

I strongly believe that there is no point in doing science unless you are able to talk about it, so this is just that – me talking about the science. It won’t be exclusively articles about my own work, but I will post things that are related to the science of the atmosphere and climate in Antarctica, and perhaps more broadly too.

If you’re interested in what I’ve done and what I’m doing, you can see more of my academic and professional profile on Research Gate, Academia.edu, ORCID, and LinkedIn, and you can follow me on Twitter, too @Dr_Gilbz.


Shout out to my funders – NERC and the EnvEast Doctoral Training Partnership, which allows me to do the wicked stuff that I do.