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Maurice Huguenin-Virchaux

PhD Student

Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC)
The University of New South Wales


Maurice’s Bachelor's degree in Earth Science and his Master's degree in Atmospheric and Climate Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) in Switzerland provided him with a comprehensive knowledge in mathematics, physics, biology and earth sciences. To broaden his knowledge in climate research and his great interest in ocean sciences, Maurice undertook a research practicum at UNSW to work on his Master thesis titled "Mechanisms Driving Ocean Heat Uptake over ENSO Events". In this project, Maurice simulated his own idealised ENSO events in a global ocean model and investigated processes that lead to vertical heat exchanges during these events. After the completion of his Master's degree, Maurice led a collaborative research project between ETHZ and MeteoSwiss on changes in the atmospheric circulation over Central Europe before returning to UNSW for his PhD studies.

THESIS: Ocean Heat Recycling During El Niño

The El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) has widespread impacts on Australia's climate and worldwide. The equatorial Pacific's upper ocean heat content is a key inclusion in any ENSO forecast as it leads El Niño and La Niña events by six to eight months. By better understanding the various processes affecting the ocean's heat content, we will be able to increase our forecasting skill of ENSO and we will be better prepared for the next events. With the help of climate models, we are able to assess projected future changes in ENSO and what they mean with regards to the ocean's heat content on short- and longer-term time scales.