Sea Ice Scientist

Dr Petra Heil

Dr Heil is a senior research scientist with the Australian Antarctic Division, and part of the ACE CRC’s Sea Ice Processes and Change project. Her research focus is on physical sea-ice processes, which she investigates using in situ or remotely sensed information and numerical modelling.

Her current research interests include: investigation of sea-ice dynamics (buoys and remotely sensed); sea-ice modelling (stand-alone and coupled, decadal modelling and short-term forecasting); fast-ice studies (in situ and remotely sensed) and mixed-layer processes; spatio-temporal variability of sea ice, and their interaction with polar oceans and atmosphere; and polar atmospheric processes.

Her previous work experience includes high-performance numerical modelling of the coupled Earth System (Tasmanian Partnership for Advanced Computing, 2002-2004), and improving the treatment of sea-ice dynamics in numerical models, International Arctic Research Center, Alaska.

Authorised by the CEO of the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre October 2019.

The ACE CRC was established and supported under the Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centres Program.

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