Ms Christine McKenna

Ms Christine McKenna


I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working on the EU-funded CONSTRAIN project. In this project I am looking at future projections of large-scale atmospheric circulation change, with the aim of constraining uncertainty in these projections. 

Before coming to Leeds, I studied for my PhD (completion subject to viva) at the British Antarctic Survey and University of Cambridge (DAMTP). This was under the supervision of Tom Bracegirdle, Peter Haynes, and Emily Shuckburgh. In my PhD I used an intermediate global circulation model, IGCM4, to look at how the large-scale atmospheric circulation changes in response to future Arctic sea-ice loss. In particular, I examined whether the response is sensitive to different regions or magnitudes of sea-ice loss, and the relative roles played by tropospheric and stratospheric mechanisms. I also looked at the influence of atmospheric internal variability with regards to uncertainty in simulated atmospheric responses to sea-ice loss.


McKenna, C.M., Bracegirdle, T.J., Shuckburgh, E.F., Haynes, P.H., and Joshi, M.M. (2018). Arctic sea-ice loss in different regions leads to contrasting Northern Hemisphere impacts. Geophysical Research Letters, 44. doi:10.1002/2017GL076433.

McKenna C., Berx, B., and Austin, W.E.N. (2016). The decomposition of the Faroe-Shetland Channel water masses using Parametric Optimum Multi-Parameter analysis. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 107, pp.9-21. doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2015.10.013.

Research interests

  • Large-scale atmospheric circulation
  • Stratospheric-troposphere coupling
  • Climate dynamics
  • Climate variability
  • Climate modelling
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  • MSc Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate - University of Reading, 2015
  • BSc Geography and Mathematics - University of St Andrews, 2014

Professional memberships

  • Royal Meteorological Society

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science