Jen Mackinnon

Oceans and Atmospheres

With our group, I have been studying how small-scale, fairly nonlinear physical processes (turbulence, internal waves, frontal dynamics and submesoscale instabilities) are mediating the rapidly changing heat content and structure of the Arctic Ocean, and the implications for accelerating sea ice melt. We use a suite of novel instrumentation to observe these processes playing out, based on a combination of ship-based work and autonomous drifters with unprecedented resolution. I especially enjoy working in multi-PI groups tackling intertwined problems from a variety of perspectives.