Research

European Commission Marie Curie Individual European Fellowship: Submesoscale Processes in a Changing Environment (SPICE)
August 2021 – August 2023

PI: Marcel du Plessis, co-PI: A/P Sebastiaan Swart
Host Institution: Univeristy of Gothenburg
Collaborators: Prof. Sabrina Speich (ENS), Dr. Brian Ward (NUIG)

In SPICE, I aim to enhance our knowledge of oceanic heat and carbon uptake in the Southern Ocean in order to reduce uncertainties in future global climate model projections. Using ocean observations from state-of-the-art autonomous platforms and high-resolution numerical simulations, I will 1) quantify the variability of heat and carbon air-sea fluxes in the Southern Ocean and 2) better understand how ocean submesoscale processes modulate heat and carbon exchange between the atmosphere and ocean interior.

These findings will enhance our understanding of both contemporary and future climate and will provide a benchmark for future research to critically assess climate models – an exercise vital to improving forecasts and thus mitigating against the effects of our changing climate.

You can the project fact sheet here.

Funding: European Commission Horizon 2020


Southern Ocean Carbon and Heat Impact on Climate
March 2020 – Present
PI: J.B. Salleé

I am currently hired at Gothenburg University on a two-year contract as a postdoc on the SO-CHIC (Southern Ocean – Carbon and Heat Impact on Climate) project. I am working working with A. Prof. Sebastiaan Swart (lead for WP1) on observing air-sea fluxes of heat, freshwater, momentum and carbon.


Robotic Observations and Modelling of the Marginal Ice Zone
December 2018 – Present
PI: A. Prof. Sebastiaan Swart
Funded by: Wallenberg Foundation, STINT-NRF

I began working on the ROAM-MIZ project in December 2018 – when we deployed a Seaglider and a Sailbuoy in the Antarctic MIZ.

The sea-ice impacted region around Antarctica remains a blind-spot for climate scientists. In ROAM-MIZ, we aim to take the right observations of the ocean and atmosphere to better understand how this misunderstood region impacts climate.


Seasonal Turbulence Observations from Robotics and Modelling in the Southern Ocean (STORMS)
March 2019 – Present
PI: Dr Sarah Nicholson (CSIR), co-PI: A. Prof. Sebastiaan Swart

I began working on STORMS during my postdoc at CSIR. I am currently still working closely with Dr Nicholson on two publications.