Kyle Clem

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Postdoctoral Fellow in Climate Science School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences

Courses

Teaching in 2020

Qualifications

  • PhD in Physical Geography - Victoria University of Wellington (2017)
  • MSc in Geography - Ohio University (2014)

Research Interests

I am interested in how tropical variability influences the climate of Antarctica. I use observations and climate models to investigate how tropical sea surface temperature anomalies (and associated convective rainfall) drive changes in the atmospheric circulation across the Southern Hemisphere high latitudes. In particular, I am interested in the ways in which tropical convective activity transfers heat and momentum to the high southern latitudes through propagating Rossby waves, and the influence this has on Antarctic temperatures and sea ice. I currently aim to identify the relative roles of natural tropical variability versus external anthropogenic (e.g., increasing greenhouse gases) forcing of Antarctic climate change in recent, present, and future climate scenarios, and the combined influence of these two mechanisms on Antarctic climate and mass balance.

Publications

Publications 2013 - Current

Courses

Teaching in 2020