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Christopher Bladwell

PhD Student

School of Mathematics and Statistics
University of New South Wales


Chris has an background in Mathematics and Environmental Science, and worked in industry as a spatial data analyst and developer before commencing postgraduate research at UNSW in 2018. His research looks at applications of mathematics to oceanography and climate.

THESIS: Quantifying Global Water Cycle Change using Ocean Observations and Models

Changes in the water cycle can be studied through its effect on sea surface salinity. Currently, ocean models predict that rates of evaporation and precipitation will increase under climate change. However recent observations suggest that changes to sea surface salinity have occurred at twice the rate that amplification in the water cycle has occurred. This research will improve our understanding of the processes which transport salinity in the ocean and allow us to more accurately quantify changes in the water cycle, improving predictions of extreme climate events.