OCCRI Researchers

Title: Senior Scientist
Name: Laurence Padman
Institution: Earth & Space Research

Research Theme: Present research interests include the prediction of tides in both the Antarctic and Arctic, and the effect of tides on the ice shelves surrounding Antarctica. A recent project (“AnSlope”) involves the study of how dense water from the Ross Sea gets into the deep ocean. Laurie’s work includes: field measurements of ocean currents, temperature and salinity; numerical modeling of ocean tides; and the use of satellite altimetry to measure the variability of ice shelf heights caused by ocean tides and by atmospheric pressure.

Research Fields:

Outreach and Engagement

Professional Activities:

Science Team member, Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat)

Member: American Meteorological Society; American Geophysical Union; Oceanography Society

Co-Editor: Deep-Sea Research II special volume on Exchanges at the Antarctic Continental Margin

Selected Publications:

Fricker, H. A., T. Scambos, R. Bindschadler, and L. Padman, 2007. An Active Subglacial Water System in West Antarctica Mapped from Space, Science, 315(5818), 1544-1548.

Padman, L., S. Howard, and R. Muench, 2006. Internal tide generation along the South Scotia Ridge. Deep-Sea Research II, 53, 157-171, doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2005.07.011.

Padman, L., and H. A. Fricker, 2005. Tides on the Ross Ice Shelf observed with ICESat, Geophys. Res. Lett., 32, L14503, oi:10.1029/2005GL023214.

Koentopp, M., O. Eisen, Ch. Kottmeier, L. Padman, and P. Lemke, 2005. Influence of tides on sea ice in the Weddell Sea: Investigations with a high-resolution dynamicthermodynamic sea ice model, J. Geophys. Res., 110, C02014, doi:10.1029/2004JC002405.

Foldvik, A., T. Gammelsrød, S. Østerhus, E. Fahrbach, G. Rohardt, M. Schröder, K. W. Nicholls, L. Padman, and R. A. Woodgate, 2004. Ice Shelf Water overflow and bottom water formation in the southern Weddell Sea, J. Geophys. Res., 109, C02015, doi:10.1029/2003JC002008.