Our paper on what controls the heat distribution in the Southern Ocean:
D.C. Jones, E. Boland, A. Meijers, G. Forget, S. Josey, J-B. Sallee, and E. Shuckburgh (2019),
Heat distribution in the Southeast Pacific is only weakly sensitive to high‐latitude heat flux and wind stress,
Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans, 124, https://doi.org/10.1029/2019JC015460. Article /
Description: Using a numerical modelling technique called adjoint modelling, we examined the factors that control the heat distribution the recently ventilated Southeast Pacific sector of the Southern Ocean.
We were somewhat surprised to find that the distribution was only weakly sensitive to high-latitude atmospheric processes.
Our paper on machine learning applied to Argo float data:
D.C. Jones, H.J. Holt*, A. Meijers, and E. Shuckburgh (2019),
Unsupervised clustering of Southern Ocean Argo float profiles,
Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans, https://doi.org/10.1029/2018JC014629. Article /
Description: We used unsupervised classification, a machine learning technique, to objectively identify groups of Southern Ocean temperature measurements with similar vertical structures.
This approach may be useful for automatically locating structures in climate data, which is important given the ever increasing volume of observational and model data.
Our paper on a connection between the Labrador Sea and West Africa:
D.C. Jones, G. Forget, B. Sinha, S. Josey, E. Boland, A. Meijers, and E. Shuckburgh (2018),
Local and remote influences on the heat content of the Labrador Sea: an adjoint sensitivity study,
Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans, 123. doi:10.1002/2018JC013774.
Description: Using a numerical modelling technique called adjoint modelling, we examined the factors that control the heat content of the climatically-important Labrador Sea, which is a site of heat and carbon exchange between the surface and the deep interior ocean.
We found and tested an unexpected connection between Labrador Sea heat content and winds along the remote West African shelf.
Our paper on mode water export:
D.C. Jones, A. Meijers, E. Shuckburgh, J.-B. Sallee, P. Haynes, E.K. McAufield, and M.R. Mazloff (2016),
How does Subantarctic Mode Water ventilate the Southern Hemisphere subtropics?,
Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans, 121, doi:10.1002/2016JC011680.
Description: Using a high-resolution numerical model of the Southern Ocean, we identified and examined a relatively efficient pathway for transporting heat and carbon from the surface ocean into the interior ocean, where it can potentially be sequestered for many decades to centuries.
Our paper on the long-term response of the SO to wind stress changes:
D.C. Jones, T. Ito, and N.S. Lovenduski (2011),
The transient response of the Southern Ocean pycnocline to changing atmospheric winds,
Geophysical Research Letters, 38, L15604, doi:10.1029/2011GL048145.
Description: Observations from the last several decades show a significant increase in the strength of westerly winds over the Southern Ocean, but an appreciable change in the tilt of constant density surfaces (isopycnals) has not yet been detected there.
We used an idealized numerical model to demonstrate that it may take many decades to centuries for Southern Ocean density structures to respond to changes in wind stress, due to coupling with the rest of the ocean.
Other selected publications
D. Duncan, P. Eriksson, S. Pfreundschuh, C. Klepp, and D.C. Jones (2019),
On the distinctiveness of observed oceanic raindrop distributions,
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 19 (10), 6969-6984, doi:10.5194/acp-19-6969-2019, Article
N. Mackay, J.R. Ledwell, M.-J. Messias, A. Naveira-Garabato, J.A. Brearley, A. Meijers, D.C. Jones, and A.J. Watson (2018),
Diapycnal mixing in the Southern Ocean diagnosed using the DIMES tracer and realistic velocity fields,
Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans, 123. https://doi.org/10.1002/2017JC013536.
T. Dittmar, A. Stubbins, T. Ito, and D.C. Jones (2017), Comment on "Dissolved organic sulfur in the ocean: Biogeochemistry of a petagram inventory",
Science, 356 (6340), 813, doi:10.1126/science.aam6039.
Hammond, M. D.* and Jones, D. C. (2016),
Freshwater flux from ice sheet melting and iceberg calving in the Southern Ocean,
Geoscience Data Journal, 3: 60-62, doi:10.1002/gdj3.43.
Meijers, A., Meredith, M.P., Abrahamsen, E.P., Morales Maqueda, M.A., Jones, D.C., and Naveira Garabato, A.C. (2016),
Wind-driven export of Weddell Sea slope water.
Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans, 121, doi:10.1002/2016JC011757.
D.C. Jones, T. Ito, T. Birner, A. Klocker, and D. Munday (2015),
Planetary-geometric constraints on isopycnal slope in the Southern Ocean,
Journal of Physical Oceanography, 45 (12), 2991-3004, doi:10.1175/JPO-D-15-0034.1.
Ceia, F. R., J. Ramos, R. Phillips, Y. Cherel, D.C. Jones, R. Vieira, and J. Xavier (2015), Analysis of stable isotope ratios in blood of tracked wandering
albatrosses fails to distinguish a 13C gradient within their winter foraging areas in the southwest Atlantic Ocean, Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry,
29, 2328-2336, doi:10.1002/rcm.7401.
Xavier, J., B. Raymond, D.C. Jones, and H. Griths (2015), Biogeography of cephalopods in the Southern Ocean using habitat suitability prediction models,
D.C. Jones, T. Ito, Y. Takano, and W-C. Hsu (2014),
Spatial and seasonal variability of the air-sea equilibration timescale of carbon dioxide,
Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 28, 1163-1178, doi:10.1002/2014GB004813.
* = student
Current funding applications in proccess
PI, UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship, submitted
PI, NERC Independent Research Fellowship, submitted
Co-investigator, DeCAdeS large grant (PI Adrian Jenkins), submitted
Assistant, ORCHESTRA and ACSIS NERC LTSM proposals
PI, five separate NERC Research Experience Placements (£2500 each x5 = £12,500)
PI, ARCHER HPC software development grant (roughly £90,000)
Physical Oceanographer, British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK (2013 - Present)
Research Scientist, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA (2011 - 2013)
Instructor of Mathematics and Science, Atlanta Metropolitan College, USA (2011 - 2013)
Instructor of Physics, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA, USA (2007 - 2009)
Public engagement and media
Selected service and leadership
- Climate Science Communications Group, Royal Meteorological Society (2014-2019)
- Network Coordinator, Cambridge Centre for Climate Science (2015-2016)
- Principal Organiser, workshop on Techniques, Aims, and Challenges of Ocean-ice Modelling (Adjoint) [TACOMA], University of Oxford (2018)
- Coordinator, Polar Oceans and Director's Choice Seminar Series, British Antarctic Survey (2013-2015)
- Chair, Faculty Community on Learner-Centered Teaching, Georgia Southern University (2007-2009)
PhD - Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University (2013)
MS - Mathematics, Georgia Southern University (2009)
MS - Physics, University of Kentucky (2007)
BS - Physics, Georgia Southern University (2005)