Dr Yvonne Firing

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Marine Physics and Ocean Climate
+44 (0)23 8059 9669



I’m a physical oceanographer using observations to study Southern Ocean circulation and dynamics. I’m interested in understanding how processes from mesoscale eddies to small-scale mixing operate in the Antarctic Circumpolar Current as well as over the Antarctic continental slopes and shelves, and the role they play in interactions among the ocean, atmosphere and ice, and the Southern Ocean's part in the global climate system.

I’m the principal investigator for the SR1b annual repeat hydrographic line in Drake Passage, a long-term project measuring Antarctic Circumpolar Current transport and properties, now as part of the Ocean Regulation of Climate by Heat and Carbon Sequestration and Transports (ORCHESTRA) programme.

I’m also involved in the Ocean2ice component of the iSTAR - NERC Ice Sheet Stability Programme, investigating ocean heat transport toward rapidly-melting ice shelves in the Amundsen Sea Embayment, West Antarctica.

Latest Publications

Firing, Y. L., E. McDonagh, B. King, and D. Desbruyères (in press) Deep temperature variability in Drake Passage, J. Geophys. Res., doi:10.1002/2016jc012452

Naveira Garabato, A. C., A. Forryan, P. Dutrieux, L. Brannigan, L. C. Biddle, K. J. Heywood, A. Jenkins, Y. L. Firing, and S. Kimura (in press) Vigorous lateral export of the meltwater ouflow from beneath an Antarctic ice shelf, Nature, doi:10.1038/nature20825

Kimura, S., A. Jenkins, P. Dutrieux, A. Forryan, A. C. Naveira Garabato, and Y. Firing (2016) Ocean mixing beneath Pine Island Glacier ice shelf, West Antarctica, J. Geophys. Res., 121, doi:10.1002/2016jc012149

Firing, Y. L., T. K. Chereskin, D. R. Watts, and M. R. Mazloff (2016) Bottom pressure torque and the vorticity balance from observations in Drake Passage, J. Geophys. Res., 121, 6, 2169-2191, doi:10.1002/2016jc011682

Newman, L., O. Schofield, A. Wåhlin, A. Constable, S. Swart, M. Williams, M. Mazloff, Y. Firing, and P. Bricher (2016). Understanding the Southern Ocean through sustained observations, Bull. Aus. Meteor. Oceanogr. Soc., 28, 6, 170-173. 

Cruise Reports

Firing, Y. L., et al. (2017) RRS James Clark Ross cruise JR16002, 10 Nov - 03 Dec 2016, Hydrographic measurements on GO-SHIP line SR1b. Southampton, UK, National Oceanography Centre, 43 pp. (National Oceanography Centre Cruise Report 41)

Firing, Y. L., et al. (2016) RRS James Clark Ross cruise JR15003, 17 Dec 2015 - 13 Jan 2016, Hydrographic measurements on GO-SHIP line SR1b and investigations of circulation and isotope cycles in coastal West Antarctica. Southampton, UK, National Oceanography Centre, 41 pp (National Oceanography Centre Cruise Report 38)