Adrian McDonald

Director of Gateway AntarcticaAdrian McDonald

Beatrice Tinsley Rm 416
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

  • Aves AR., Revell LE., Gaw S., Ruffell H., Schuddeboom A., Wotherspoon NE., Larue M. and Mcdonald AJ. (2022) First evidence of microplastics in Antarctic snow. Cryosphere 16(6): 2127-2145.
  • Bhatti YA., Revell LE. and McDonald AJ. (2022) Influences of Antarctic Ozone Depletion on Southern Ocean Aerosols. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 127(18)
  • Farooq U., Rack W., McDonald A. and Howell S. (2022) Representation of sea ice regimes in the Western Ross Sea, Antarctica, based on satellite imagery and AMPS wind data. Climate Dynamics
  • Guyot A., Protat A., Alexander SP., Klekociuk AR., Kuma P. and McDonald A. (2022) Detection of supercooled liquid water containing clouds with ceilometers: development and evaluation of deterministic and data-driven retrievals. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 15(12): 3663-3681.
  • Södergren AH. and McDonald AJ. (2022) Quantifying the Role of Atmospheric and Surface Albedo on Polar Amplification Using Satellite Observations and CMIP6 Model Output. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 127(12)