Paul Nicknish

Using Energy Flux Potential to understand changes in the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation

This project hopes to better understand the changes to the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) that are projected under a warmer climate and higher CO2 concentrations. We will use a variety of model simulations to analyze past and future AMOC behavior and how these behaviors shape the climate. We are particularly interested in shifts and changes to precipitation due to AMOC circulation changes and plan to use the concept of energy flux potential to constrain these changes.

Message to Sponsor

Thank you so much for supporting this opportunity for me. Being involved in research has easily been one of the most fulfilling aspects of my time so far in Berkeley, and I am beyond excited to be able to continue this work over the summer. Moreover, I truly believe that scientific research will not only be incredibly helpful, but necessary as we accelerate into a world with an unpredictable climate, and I am so grateful that you help support it. Thank you!
  • Major: Applied Mathematics
  • Mentor: John Chiang, Geography