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Dr Neill Mackay

Dr Neill Mackay

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

 Laver Building 911

 

Laver Building, University of Exeter, North Park Road, Exeter, EX4 4QE, UK

Overview

I am interested in the study of the global ocean circulation and its role in climate. In particular my research has focused on the polar regions and ocean mixing, involving both models and observations. I have developed an inverse model in thermohaline coordinates, ‘RTHIM’, which diagnoses the circulation and mixing for an enclosed volume of the ocean from limited observations. My work at Exeter is concerned with the Southern Ocean carbon sink, in contribution to the SONATA project.

Broad research specialisms

Ocean circulation, diapycnal mixing, polar regions, inverse modelling.

Qualifications

PhD, University of East Anglia, 2014
MPhys, University of York, 2007

Career

PostDoc at the University of Exeter, 2018-Present

PostDoc at the National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool 2014-2018

Research

Publications

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Publications by category


Journal articles

Lozier MS, Li F, Bacon S, Bahr F, Bower AS, Cunningham SA, De Jong MF, De Steur L, DeYoung B, Fischer J, et al (2019). A sea change in our view of overturning in the subpolar North Atlantic. Science, 363(6426), 516-521. Abstract.
Mackay N, Wilson C, Zika J, Holliday NP (2018). A Regional Thermohaline Inverse Method for Estimating Circulation and Mixing in the Arctic and Subpolar North Atlantic. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 35(12), 2383-2403. Abstract.
Mackay N, Ledwell JR, Messias MJ, Naveira Garabato AC, Brearley JA, Meijers AJS, Jones DC, Watson AJ (2018). Diapycnal Mixing in the Southern Ocean Diagnosed Using the DIMES Tracer and Realistic Velocity Fields. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 123(4), 2615-2634. Abstract.  Full text.
Susan Lozier M, Bacon S, Bower AS, Cunningham SA, Femke de Jong M, de Steur L, deYoung B, Fischer J, Gary SF, Greenan BJW, et al (2017). Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic Program: a New International Ocean Observing System. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 98(4), 737-752. Full text.
Watson AJ, Ledwell JR, Messias MJ, King BA, Mackay N, Meredith MP, Mills B, Naveira Garabato AC (2013). Rapid cross-density ocean mixing at mid-depths in the Drake Passage measured by tracer release. Nature, 501(7467), 408-411. Abstract.

Publications by year


2019

Lozier MS, Li F, Bacon S, Bahr F, Bower AS, Cunningham SA, De Jong MF, De Steur L, DeYoung B, Fischer J, et al (2019). A sea change in our view of overturning in the subpolar North Atlantic. Science, 363(6426), 516-521. Abstract.

2018

Mackay N, Wilson C, Zika J, Holliday NP (2018). A Regional Thermohaline Inverse Method for Estimating Circulation and Mixing in the Arctic and Subpolar North Atlantic. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 35(12), 2383-2403. Abstract.
Mackay N, Ledwell JR, Messias MJ, Naveira Garabato AC, Brearley JA, Meijers AJS, Jones DC, Watson AJ (2018). Diapycnal Mixing in the Southern Ocean Diagnosed Using the DIMES Tracer and Realistic Velocity Fields. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 123(4), 2615-2634. Abstract.  Full text.

2017

Susan Lozier M, Bacon S, Bower AS, Cunningham SA, Femke de Jong M, de Steur L, deYoung B, Fischer J, Gary SF, Greenan BJW, et al (2017). Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic Program: a New International Ocean Observing System. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 98(4), 737-752. Full text.

2013

Watson AJ, Ledwell JR, Messias MJ, King BA, Mackay N, Meredith MP, Mills B, Naveira Garabato AC (2013). Rapid cross-density ocean mixing at mid-depths in the Drake Passage measured by tracer release. Nature, 501(7467), 408-411. Abstract.

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