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Ariaan is a lecturer in the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment. She is interested in understanding coupled ocean-atmosphere-sea ice interactions across the Southern Hemisphere, with a particular focus on Antarctic and Southern Ocean climate variability and change. Her recent work includes investigating drivers of the current low sea ice around Antarctica and examining the sensitivity of climate responses to different Antarctic meltwater projections.

Ariaan is a co-chair of the CLIVAR/CliC/SCAR Southern Ocean Region Panel, a member of the Southern Ocean freshwater release model experiments initiative task team, and was a co-author of the Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2022

Ariaan previously held post-doctoral research positions in the ARC Specical Research Initiative Securing Antarctica's Environmental Future, and in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes. Ariaan submitted her PhD in 2018, undertaken at UNSW and CSIRO, where she investigated drivers of recent Antarctic sea ice and surface temperature trends in both observations and climate models. Prior to this, Ariaan worked at CSIRO, and completed her MSc at McGill University, where her research focussed on understanding drivers of precipitation changes across the Southern Ocean and Australia, and heat waves across Australia. 

Research interests

  • Antarctic and Southern Ocean climate variability and change
  • Atmosphere-ocean-ice interactions
  • Coupled climate modelling

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, MSc, McGill University

Climate Science, PhD, Understanding the drivers of recent Southern Ocean sea ice and temperature trends, University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Chemistry, BSc, University of Western Australia

Environmental Engineering, BEng (Hons), University of Western Australia

Research area keywords

  • Southern Ocean
  • Antarctica
  • sea ice
  • SAM
  • climate variability
  • climate change

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