Thomas Caton Harrison

Summary of D.Phil/MSc research

In my D.Phil research I investigated the winds responsible for emission of mineral dust from the remote central Sahara. I used infrared satellite measurements to characterise dust storms, showing the central role of convective storms and the effect of orography upon low-level jets in this dust source region of global importance.

Current Research/employment

I am a postdoctoral researcher working to characterise and improve climate projections of Antarctica's coastal winds. These winds are especially important for their role in driving coastal currents which modify the transport of warm water towards vulnerable ice shelves.

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Caton Harrison, T., Washington, R., & Engelstaedter, S. (2019). A 14‐year climatology of Saharan dust emission mechanisms inferred from automatically tracked plumes. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 124.