Dr Adele Morrison

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Research interests

My research aims to understand what drives the ocean's large-scale circulation. I use a range of high-resolution ocean and climate models to study past and future climate change, with a focus on understanding how ocean circulation changes and impacts global climate. Regionally, my main focus is on the Southern Ocean, investigating how eddies and the overturning circulation impact ocean heat and carbon uptake and the melt rate of Antarctic ice shelves.


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H. Dawson, M. H. England, A. K. Morrison and F. Boeira Dias (2024). End-of-21st century changes on the Antarctic continental shelf under mid- and high-range emissions scenarios, J. Clim., Submitted.

P. Spence, L. Menviel, A. K. Morrison, A. Foppert, A. Silvano (2024). On the relationship between the Weddell Polynya and Antarctic Bottom Water trends, J. Clim., Submitted.

J. Jeffree, A. McC. Hogg, A. K. Morrison, A. Solodoch, A. L. Stewart and R. McGirr (2024). GRACE satellite observations of Antarctic Bottom Water transport variabilityJ. Geophys. Res., Submitted.

H. Dawson, M. H. England, A. K. Morrison, V. Tamsitt and C. I. Fraser (2024). Floating debris and organisms can raft to Antarctic coasts from all major Southern Hemisphere landmasses, Glob. Chang. Biol., Submitted.

L. G. Bennetts et al. (2024). Closing the loops on Southern Ocean dynamics: From the circumpolar current to ice shelves and from bottom mixing to surface waves, Rev. Geophys., Submitted.


38. G. F. de Souza and A. K. Morrison (2024), The Southern Ocean hub for nutrients, micronutrients and their isotopes in the global oceanOceanography, 37, doi:10.5670/oceanog.2024.414.

37. A. Silvano, S. Purkey, A. L. Gordon, P. Castagno, A. L. Stewart, S. R. Rintoul, A. Foppert, K. L. Gunn, L. Herraiz-Borreguero, S. Aoki, Y. Nakayama, A. C. Naveira Garabato, C. Spingys, C. H. Akhoudas, J.-B. Sallée, C. de Lavergne, E. P. Abrahamsen, A. J. S. Meijers, M. P. Meredith, S. Zhou, T. Tamura, K. Yamazaki, K. I. Ohshima, P. Falco, G. Budillon, T. Hattermann, M. A. Janout, P. Llanillo, M. M. Bowen, E. Darelius, S. Østerhus, K. W. Nicholls, C. Stevens, D. Fernandez, L. Cimoli, S. S. Jacobs, A. K. Morrison, A. McC. Hogg, F. A. Haumann, A. Mashayek, Z. Wang, R. Kerr, G. D. Williams, W. Sang Lee (2023), Observing Antarctic Bottom Water in the Southern Ocean, Front. Mar. Sci., 10, 1221701.

36. W. G. C. Huneke, A. K. Morrison, A. McC. Hogg (2023), Decoupling of the surface and bottom-intensified Antarctic Slope Current in regions of Dense Shelf Water export, Geophys. Res Lett., 50, e2023GL104834.

35. A. K. Morrison, W. G. C. Huneke, J. Neme, P. Spence, A. McC. Hogg, M. H. England and S. M. Griffies (2023). Sensitivity of Antarctic shelf waters and abyssal overturning to local winds, J. Clim., 36, 6465–6479.

34. A. K. Morrison, M. H. England, A. McC. Hogg and A. E. Kiss (2023). Weddell Sea control of ocean temperature variability on the western Antarctic Peninsula, Geophys. Res Lett., 50, e2023GL103018.

33. W. Aguiar, S.-K. Lee, H. Lopez, S. Dong, H. Seroussi, D. C. Jones and A. K. Morrison (2023). Antarctic Bottom Water sensitivity to spatio-temporal variations in Antarctic meltwater fluxes, Geophys. Res Lett., 50, e2022GL101595.

32. C. Schmidt, A. K. Morrison and M. H. England (2023). Wind- and sea-ice-driven interannual variability of Antarctic Bottom Water formation, J. Geophys. Res., 128, e2023JC019774.

31. H. Dawson, A. K. Morrison, M. H. England and V. Tamsitt (2023). Pathways and timescales of connectivity around the Antarctic continental shelf, J. Geophys. Res., 128, e2022JC018962.

30. Q. Li, M. H. England, A. McC. Hogg, S. R. Rintoul and A. K. Morrison (2023). Abyssal ocean overturning slowdown and warming driven by Antarctic meltwater, Nature, 615, 841-847.

29. C. K. Yung, A. K. Morrison and A. McC. Hogg (2022). Topographic hotspots of Southern Ocean eddy upwelling, Front. Mar. Sci., 9, 855785.

28. C. I. Fraser, L. Dutoit, A. K. Morrison, L. Miguel Pardo, S. D. A. Smith, W. Pearman, E. Parvizi, J. Waters and E. Macaya Horta (2022). Southern Hemisphere coastal ecosystems are biologically connected by frequent, long-distance rafting events, Curr. Biol., 32, 1-7.

27. A. Solodoch, A. L. Stewart, A. McC. Hogg, A. K. Morrison, A. E. Kiss, A. F. Thompson, S. G. Purkey and L. Cimoli (2022). How does Antarctic Bottom Water cross the Southern Ocean? Geophys. Res Lett., 49, e2021GL097211.

26. W. G. C. Huneke, A. K. Morrison, A. McC. Hogg (2022), Spatial and subannual variability of the Antarctic Slope Current in an eddying ocean-sea ice model, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 52, 347-361.

25. A. K. Morrison, D. W. Waugh, A. McC. Hogg, D. C. Jones, and R. P. Abernathey (2022), Ventilation of the Southern Ocean pycnocline, Annu. Rev. Mar. Sci., 14,  405-430.

24. V. Tamsitt, M. H. England, S. R. Rintoul, A. K. Morrison (2021), Residence time and transformation of warm Circumpolar Deep Water on the Antarctic continental shelf, Geophys. Res. Lett., 48, e2021GL096092.

23. J. Martinez-Moreno, A. McC. Hogg, M. H. England, N.C. Constantinou, A. E. Kiss, and A. K. Morrison (2021), Global changes in oceanic mesoscale currents over the satellite altimetry record, Nat. Clim. Change, 11, 397-403.

22. R. Moorman, A. K. Morrison, and A. McC. Hogg (2020), Thermal responses to Antarctic ice shelf melt in an eddy rich global ocean - sea ice model, J. Clim., 33, 6599-6620.

21. A. K. Morrison, A. McC. Hogg, M. H. England, and P. Spence (2020), Warm Circumpolar Deep Water transport toward Antarctica driven by local dense water export in canyons, Sci. Adv., 6, eaav2516.

20. A. E. Kiss, A. McC. Hogg, N. Hannah, F. Boeira Dias, G. B. Brassington, M. A. Chamberlain, C. Chapman, P. Dobrohotoff, C. M. Domingues, E. R. Duran, M. H. England, R. Fiedler, S. M. Griffies, A. Heerdegen, P. Heil, R. M. Holmes, A. Klocker, S. J. Marsland, A. K. Morrison, J. Munroe, M. Nikurashin, P. R. Oke, G. S. Pilo, O. Richet, A. Savita, P. Spence, K. D. Stewart, M. L. Ward, F. Wu, X. Zhang (2020), ACCESS-OM2: A Global Ocean-Sea Ice Model at Three Resolutions, Geosci. Model Dev., 13, 401-442.

19. J. Martinez-Moreno, A. McC. Hogg, A. E. Kiss, N. C. Constantinou, A. K. Morrison (2019), Kinetic energy of eddy‐like features from sea surface altimetry, J. Adv. Model. Earth Sy., 11, 3090-3105.

18. H. Chen, A. K. Morrison, C. O. Dufour, J. L. Sarmiento (2019), Deciphering patterns and drivers of heat and carbon storage in the Southern Ocean, Geophys. Res. Lett., 46, 3359-3367.

17. C. I. Fraser, A. K. Morrison, A. McC Hogg, E. C. Macaya, E. van Sebille, P. G. Ryan, A. Padovan, C. Jack, N. Valdivia, J. M. Waters (2018), Antarctica’s ecological isolation will be broken by storm-driven dispersal and warming, Nat. Clim. Change, 8, 704-708.

16. H. Drake, A. K. Morrison, S. M. Griffies, J. L. Sarmiento, W. Weijer, A. R. Gray (2018), Lagrangian timescales of Southern Ocean upwelling in a hierarchy of model resolutionsGeophys. Res. Lett., 45, 891-898.

15. V. Tamsitt, H. Drake, A. K. Morrison, L. D. Talley, C. O. Dufour, A. R. Gray, S. M. Griffies, M. R. Mazloff, J. L. Sarmiento, J. Wang, W. Weijer (2017), Spiraling up: pathways of global deep waters to the surface of the Southern Ocean, Nat. Commun.,  8, 172.

14. C. O. Dufour, A. K. Morrison, S. M. Griffies, I. Frenger, H. Zanowski, M. Winton (2017), Preconditioning of the Weddell Sea polynya by the ocean mesoscale and dense water overflows. J.Clim., 30, 7719-7737.

13. J. M. Jones, S. T. Gille, H. Goosse, N. J. Abram, P. O. Canziani, D. J. Charman, K. R. Clem, X. Crosta, C. de Lavergne, I. Eisenman, M. H. England, R. L. Fogt, L. M. Frankcombe, G. J. Marshall, V. Masson-Delmotte, A. K. Morrison, A. J. Orsi, M. N. Raphael, J. A. Renwick, D. P. Schneider, G. R. Simpkins, E. J. Steig, B. Stenni, D. Swingedouw and T. R. Vance (2016), Assessing recent trends in high-latitude Southern Hemisphere surface climate, Nature Clim. Change, 6, 917-926.

12. A. K. Morrison, S. M. Griffies, M. Winton, W. G. Anderson and J. L. Sarmiento (2016), Mechanisms of Southern Ocean heat uptake and transport in a global eddying climate model, J. Clim., 29, 2059-2075.

11. A. Biastoch, J. V. Durgadoo, A. K. Morrison, E. van Sebille, W. Weijer and S. M. Griffies, (2015), Atlantic multi-decadal oscillation covaries with Agulhas leakage, Nat. Commun., 6, 10082.

10. C. O. Dufour, S. M. Griffies, G. F. de Souza, I. Frenger, A. K. Morrison, J. B. Palter, J. L. Sarmiento, E. D. Galbriath, J. P. Dunne, W. G. Anderson and R. D. Slater, (2015), Role of mesoscale eddies in cross-frontal transport of heat and biogeochemical tracers in the Southern Ocean, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 45, 3057-3081.

9. A. K. Morrison, M. H. England and A. McC. Hogg, (2015), Response of Southern Ocean convection and abyssal overturning to surface buoyancy perturbations, J. Clim., 28, 4263- 4278.

8. A. McC. Hogg, M. P. Meredith, D. P. Chambers, E. P. Abrahamsen, C. W. Hughes and A. K. Morrison, (2015), Recent trends in the Southern Ocean eddy field, J. Geophys. Res., 120, 257-267.

7. S. M. Griffies, M. Winton, W. G. Anderson, R. Benson, T. L. Delworth, C. O. Dufour, J. P. Dunne, P. Goddard, A. K. Morrison, A. Rosati, A. T. Wittenberg, J. Yin and R. Zhang, (2015), Impacts on ocean heat from transient mesoscale eddies in a hierarchy of climate models, J. Clim., 28, 952-977.

6. A. K. Morrison, T. L. Froelicher and J. L. Sarmiento, (2015), Upwelling in the Southern Ocean, Phys. Today, 68, 27-32.

5. A. K. Morrison, O. A. Saenko, A. McC. Hogg and P. Spence (2013), The role of vertical eddy flux in Southern Ocean heat uptake, Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, 5445-5450.

4. A. K. Morrison and A. McC. Hogg (2013), On the relationship between Southern Ocean overturning and ACC transport, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 43, 140-148.

3. A. K. Morrison, A. McC. Hogg, and M. L. Ward (2011), Sensitivity of the Southern Ocean overturning circulation to surface buoyancy forcing, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L14602.

2. N. P. Robins, C. Figl, S. A. Haine, A. K. Morrison, M. Jeppesen, J. J. Hope, J. D. Close (2006), Achieving peak brightness in an atom laser, Phys. Rev. Lett., 96, 140403.

1. N. P. Robins, A. K. Morrison, J. J. Hope, J. D. Close (2005), Limits to the flux of a continuous atom laser, Phys. Rev. A, 72, 031606.