P1010112Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
EAPS, Room 54-1420 (“Green Building”)
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

Phone: +1-617-253-5259
Fax: +1-617-253-4464
Email: heimbach@mit.edu

I work in the physical oceanography group in MIT‘s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), and am affiliated with MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate (PAOC), the Climate Modeling Initiative (CMI) , the Center for Global Change Science (CGCS), the Center for Computational Engineering (CCE), and the Program in Computational Science and Engineering (CSE). I did my Ph.D. at the Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, Germany.

My main interest is understanding the general circulation of the ocean and its role in the global climate system. As part of the Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean (ECCO) consortium we are bringing together a state-of-the-art general circulation model (MITgcm) with most of the available satellite and in-situ observations to produce a best possible estimate of the time-evolving three-dimensional state of the global ocean and sea ice cover. It is now in its second phase, ECCO2. Check out this 2009 news story “NASA Supercomputing Goes Green: Modeling Earth’s Ocean” on ECCO’s use of NASA’s advanced supercomputing (NAS) facilities at NASA/ARC.

I’ve also become interested in the cryosphere, in particular in the dynamics of Arctic sea ice and polar ice sheets. We are coupling the MITgcm to a thermodynamic/dynamic sea ice model to improve our simulations of processes in the Arctic and the Southern Ocean. Furthermore, we are investigating the polar ice sheets, their dynamics, their interaction with the ocean, and their contributions to sea level rise. I act as a co-chair of a recently formed U.S. CLIVAR working group on Greenland Ice Sheet-Ocean Interactions (GRISO WG).