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Camilla (Millie) Crockart
PhD Student

E: camilla.crockart@utas.edu.au

Date Commenced: 01.10.2020

PROJECT

Developing palaeoclimate records to interrogate Indian Ocean continent climate coherencies from East Antarctic ice core records
Project 1: AtmosphereProject 2: Ice Cores

The project aim is to develop ice core records of climate from the southern Indian Ocean to explore signals and causes of hydroclimate coherencies between Australia and southern Africa. I will use ice core records of aerosols (representing Southern Ocean wind variability) and snowfall accumulation (precipitation) from two coastal East Antarctic ice cores: Mount Brown South and Law Dome. I will explore the atmospheric dynamics controlling the teleconnections between Mount Brown South/Law Dome and southern Africa/Australia using atmospheric reanalyses and climate model outputs to determine drivers of climate variability in the recent era and millennium. 

PROJECT

Developing palaeoclimate records to interrogate Indian Ocean continent climate coherencies from East Antarctic ice core records
Project 1: AtmosphereProject 2: Ice Cores

The project aim is to develop ice core records of climate from the southern Indian Ocean to explore signals and causes of hydroclimate coherencies between Australia and southern Africa. I will use ice core records of aerosols (representing Southern Ocean wind variability) and snowfall accumulation (precipitation) from two coastal East Antarctic ice cores: Mount Brown South and Law Dome. I will explore the atmospheric dynamics controlling the teleconnections between Mount Brown South/Law Dome and southern Africa/Australia using atmospheric reanalyses and climate model outputs to determine drivers of climate variability in the recent era and millennium. 

More about the Project & Millie

Supervisors and their affiliation:

Tessa Vance1, Alexander Fraser1, Taryn Noble2, Nerilie Abram3, Andrew Klekociuk1,4

1Australian Antarctic Program Partnership, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia.

2Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia.

3Research School of Earth Sciences and ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.

4Australian Antarctic Division, Antarctic Climate Program, Department of Agriculture Water and the Environment, Kingston, Australia.

AAPP Objective:

The project aligns with the AAPP Objective as it will help to better constrain regional climate variability over the last 1,000-2,000 years in the southern Indian Ocean (including links to Australia and southern Africa) using ice cores, atmospheric reanalyses and climate model outputs

Biography

I recently started a Ph.D. (University of Tasmania, with Tessa Vance, Alexander Fraser, Taryn Noble, Nerilie Abram and Andrew Klekociuk), working on developing records of climate in the southern Indian Ocean using high-resolution ice cores collected from East Antarctica. I have a particular intertest in southern African and Australian rainfall variability over the past millennium. In 2018, I completed a B.S. (Marine Science major, University of Western Australia), and in 2020 I completed  a Masters of Marine and Antarctic Science (University of Tasmania, with Tessa Vance and Alexander Fraser). My Masters project involved the preliminary analysis of a new East Antarctic ice core collected from Mount Brown South. During this time I worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Tasmania, which involved operating and developing methods for a line-scanner machine that produces high-resolution scans of ice cores, and contributed to the routine preparation of trace chemistry clean ice core samples for analysis. In February 2020, I presented a talk at the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS) Conference in Perth. I also received the AMOS Regional Award for Academic Achievement for my Masters Thesis.