Clare Eayrs
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I am a researcher at the Center for Global Sea Level Change (CSLC) at New York University Abu Dhabi. Our center combines observations and computer models to understand past, and project future, sea-level rise. Sea ice plays a critical role in our changing climate due to the amount of solar radiation it reflects and the fact that it mediates exchange between the atmosphere and the ocean. Understanding past and current sea ice interactions within the system as a whole is essential to understanding how climate will change in the future.

My interest in Antarctic sea ice is motivated by the need to define the role of changing distributions of Antarctic sea ice in driving future climate and sea-level change. I am particularly interested in its seasonal cycle, the marginal ice zone, and the interactions between sea ice and ice sheet margins.

I have been lucky enough to participate in two research cruises to the Antarctic Marginal Ice Zone on the SA Agulhas II as part of the SCALE project, once in winter to measure waves in sea ice and once in early spring to measure turbulent and heat fluxes over sea ice.

I am actively involved in the Association of Polar Early Career Scientist (APECS) 2017–present.

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Twitter: @coughlanclare


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My recent contributions include:

Eayrs, C., Holland, D. M., Francis, D., Wagner, T. J. W., Kumar, R., & Li, X. ( 2019). Understanding the seasonal cycle of Antarctic sea ice extent in the context of longer‐term variability. Reviews of Geophysics. 57, 1037– 1064.

Vichi, M., Eayrs, C., Alberello, A., Bekker, A., Bennetts, L., Holland, D., et al. ( 2019). Effects of an explosive polar cyclone crossing the Antarctic marginal ice zone. Geophysical Research Letters, 46, 5948– 5958.

Eayrs, C., D. Holland, D. Francis, R. Kumar, T. Wagner, and X. Li (2019), Antarctic seasonal sea ice melts faster than it grows, Eos, 100, Published on 09 September 2019.