Senior Researcher News

Helen Hill
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

EAPS congratulations to Patrick Heimbach and Adam Schlosser, both recently promoted to the rank of Senior Research Scientist.

Patrick Heimbach

Patrick Heimbach's main interest is understanding the general circulation of the ocean and its role in the global climate system. As part of the Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean (ECCO) consortium he contributes to bringing together a state-of-the-art general circulation model (MITgcm) with satellite and in-situ observations to produce a best possible estimate of the time-evolving three-dimensional state of the global ocean and sea ice cover. Heimbach is also interested in the cryosphere, in particular in the dynamics of sea ice, ice sheets and glaciers. By coupling the MITgcm to a thermodynamic/dynamic sea ice model Heimbach and his Group are investigating the polar ice sheets, their dynamics, their interaction with the ocean, and their contributions to sea level rise. Heimbach holds a PhD (1998) from the Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, Germany. He joined MIT in 1999.

C. Adam Schlosser

C. Adam Schlosser's primary research interests are the modeling and prediction of global hydrologic, ecologic, and biogeochemical change using the MIT’s Integrated Global Systems Model (IGSM) that includes model development of its terrestrial component – the Global Land System (GLS). In other research endeavors, Schlosser and his group, work to improve our observational capabilities for monitoring, understanding and predicting the Earth’s global water and energy cycles. Current collaborative research activities also include the study of extreme precipitation events and associating their potential changes to shifts in climate regimes, the fate of the arctic permafrost under potential climate warming and subsequent impacts on its biogeochemistry and trace-gas emissions, and climate-water issues on adaptation. Schlosser holds a PhD (1995) in Meteorology from the University of Maryland, College Park. He joined MIT in 2003. Schlosser is affiliated with the Center for Global Change Science and additionally serves as the Assistant Director of Science Research for MIT's Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change.