Research Oceanographer
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
External Collaborator
Theme 2: Modeling
Climate, Atmospheric Science, and Physical Oceanography Division Scripps Institute of Oceanography, 0230
University of San Diego
92093-0230 La Jolla , CA
United States
Phone: (858) 534-3030
California US
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Fine resolution Earth System numerical modeling.

Julie L. McClean is a Research Oceanographer at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego. Her publications report results from emerging realistic fine resolution numerical simulations, at first from stand-alone global ocean models and later from ocean models coupled to thermodynamic/dynamic ice or in an Earth System framework. As new in-situ and remotely sensed observational data sets of the ocean and sea-ice have become available, she has utilized them to both assess the realism of the simulations and to better understand ocean and sea-ice processes depicted by the data and models. Her focus has expanded to understanding the importance of air/sea/sea-ice interactions on scales not resolved in current climate models.  Dr. McClean has participated in review boards, proposal panels, federal agency planning workshops, and has chaired and co-chaired thematic meetings.

Dr. McClean’s contribution to SOCCOM will be to investigate the Southern Ocean meridional overturning circulation and circumpolar transport when mesoscale eddies are largely explicitly resolved, together with the associated poleward eddy heat fluxes and their impact on sea-ice off Antarctica.  For the past 14 years she has maintained a small team supported from extramural funds to carry out these resource-demanding model runs and their subsequent analyses.