Jenny Turton

Jenny TurtonHead, Education & Outreach, 2016 – 2017

PhD Candidate, British Antarctic Survey & University of Leeds


I started my academic career at the University of Lancaster, and graduated in 2012 with a BSc in Earth Science and Geography. During my undergraduate, I spent a year studying at Oregon State University in USA. From there, I then returned to Lancaster to complete a Masters of Research (MRes). My work focused on extreme rainfall patterns over the UK with links to climate change and long term trends. Climate change and the impacts on extreme conditions have always been an interest of mine, and this is what lead me to the most extreme conditions: the Antarctic.

Current Research

I am currently a third year PhD student with the British Antarctic Survey and the University of Leeds, based in Cambridge. My project focuses on foehn winds and their impact on the Larsen Ice Shelf. Foehn winds are warm, dry winds which flow down the leeside of mountains. The interaction of the air flow and the Antarctic Peninsula Mountains drives these foehn winds. Their warm and dry conditions are thought to have an impact on the melting of surface ice on the Larsen Ice Shelf. My project identifies these wind events, assesses their spatial distribution and investigates the impacts of the wind on the melting of the ice shelf.


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