Sea ice and climate specialist Cecilia Bitz is an Associate Professor in the Atmospheric Sciences Department, an Affiliate Physicist for the Polar Science Center, and part of the Program on Climate Change, all at University of Washington.
Her research interests include:
- The role of sea ice in the climate system and high-latitude climate and climate change.
- Abrupt climate change. She is testing the hypothesis that the mean climate state and, in particular, the sea ice plays a major role in past climate change.
- Coupled biological-climate systems. She is a co-investigator on the Kuril Biocomplexity Project.
- Global coupled climate modeling. She is part of the PetaApps team that has run the CCSM4 at very high resolution. Check out their animations of our century long control at 1/10 degree sea ice and ocean. She uses the Community Earth System Model. She also has a project to model the Okhotsk Sea.