Miriam Bennett

Miriam Bennett


Having recently graduated from UCL with a first class integrated master’s degree in geophysics I am now continuing my research at UEA’s School of Environmental Sciences.

During my undergraduate degree at UCL I studied many aspects of the Earth system but in my final year I conducted an independent research project on the use of seismic ambient noise to study sea ice variability in the Arctic. I really enjoyed this field of research and am interested in continuing to investigate how seismic analysis may be used to study more aspects of the Arctic’s climate system. I am also particularly interested in how atmospheric winds are coupled to oceanic currents and how these both impact sea ice and ice sheets. With the polar regions fast changing due to the climate crisis, I feel it is more important than ever to study these complex interlinked climatological systems and how they are changing over time.

Miriam Bennett

Geosciences, Resources and Environmental Risk

PhD title: Orographic flows off Greenland and their impact on the ocean.

My project is on the impact of orographic flows on the Arctic climate system with a focus on the air-sea-ice interaction in a region of Northeast Greenland. As atmospheric circulations are forced by large-scale topographic structures, their variations in speed and direction can dramatically impact the local ocean, sea ice and ice sheets. Studying the climatological impacts of these atmospheric flows, and how they are varying with anthropogenic climate change, is vital for a better understanding and ultimately improved mitigation. The Greenland and Iceland Seas are particularly important as they host the processes that generate the densest waters of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation. Within this project I am also considering how seismic ambient noise analysis may of use to the study of orographic flows and Arctic ice masses, especially when combined with other data such as satellite imaging and aircraft observations. The research involves a combination of meteorology, oceanography and climate science with extensive numerical modelling and analyses.