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Mr Erik Mackie

Mr Erik Mackie

Mr Erik Mackie

Area of research

Has Antarctic ice loss altered the circulation of the Southern Ocean?

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Clifton, Bristol BS8 1SS
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The Southern Ocean plays a key role in the carbon cycle and the global climate system, but despite its importance there remain many uncertainties about this remote and inhospitable ocean. Research has shown that the rate of ice loss from Antarctica has increased dramatically over the past 20 years, but there is currently limited knowledge about the impact of this rapid change in freshwater input on the circulation of the Southern Ocean. It is recognised that ocean dynamics can enhance ice sheet melting so potentially any change in circulation could lead to further ocean-induced melting. The aim of my research project is to use remotely sensed data from recent satellite missions such as GRACE and GOCE, combined with in-situ observations, to create a detailed mapping of the Southern Ocean’s changing circulation over the last 20 years, and then to interpret this data in relation to observed changes in the freshwater input from Antarctica.


Jan - Apr 2017 

Postgraduate Fellow, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST)

Researched and wrote POSTnote (4-page science policy briefing for MPs) on "Rising Sea Levels"

2014 - Present

PhD - Bristol Glaciology Centre, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol & British Antarctic Survey (BAS), Cambridge

Research Project: "Has Antarctic ice loss altered the circulation of the Southern Ocean?"

Supervisors: Dr Rory Bingham (Bristol), Dr Paul Holland (BAS), Prof Michael Meredith (BAS), Prof Jonathan Bamber (Bristol)

2008 - 2012

BSc (Hons) Applied Mathematics - University of Edinburgh

Dissertation title: "Henon's solution: the dynamical evolution of globular clusters", Supervisor: Prof Douglas C Heggie

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