Adrian McDonald

Director of Gateway AntarcticaAdrian McDonald

Beatrice Tinsley 320
Internal Phone: 92064


Research Interests

My research focuses on understanding processes relevant to the climate system, making fundamental atmospheric measurements (using a mixture of satellite remote sensing and surface observations), and the evaluation of environmental models. I am also an experienced field researcher and my team has participated in 20 Antarctic deployments and 5 Southern Ocean voyages. I also have a passion for science communication leading the award winning ‘Climate Change Series’ of public lectures, teaching how climate research can be used as an exemplar of how scientific issues are communicated and being a talented lecturer (3 nominations for the UCSA Lecturer of the Year).

Recent Publications

  • McErlich C., McDonald A., Schuddeboom A. and Silber I. (2021) Comparing Satellite- and Ground-Based Observations of Cloud Occurrence Over High Southern Latitudes. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 126(6)
  • Dale ER., Katurji M., McDonald AJ., Voss P., Rack W. and Seto D. (2020) A Comparison of AMPS Forecasts Near the Ross Sea Polynya With Controlled Meteorological Balloon Observations. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 125(20)
  • Farooq U., Rack W., McDonald A. and Howell S. (2020) Long-term analysis of sea ice drift in the western Ross sea, Antarctica, at high and low spatial resolution. Remote Sensing 12(9)
  • Hartery S., Toohey D., Revell L., Sellegri K., Kuma P., Harvey M. and McDonald AJ. (2020) Constraining the Surface Flux of Sea Spray Particles From the Southern Ocean. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 125(4)
  • Klekociuk AR., French WJR., Alexander SP., Kuma P. and McDonald AJ. (2020) The state of the atmosphere in the 2016 southern Kerguelen Axis campaign region. Deep-Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 174: 104550.