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Dr Emily Shuckburgh

Dr Emily Shuckburgh

Head of Open Oceans

British Antarctic Survey


Emily Shuckburgh is head of the Open Oceans research group at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). She is also a fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge and she is currently on part time secondment to the UK Government's Dept of Energy and Climate Change.

Her research is focused on gaining a better understanding of the dynamics of the atmosphere and oceans to improve predictions of future climate change. She uses a combination of theoretical studies, numerical modelling and analysis of observational data. She regularly give presentations and briefings to stakeholder groups on climate change and sustainability. She is an associate of the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research and a faculty member for many programmes of the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership.

In the past, she has worked at Ecole Normal Superieure in Paris and at MIT. She is a fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society and Chair of their Climate Science Communications Group, a trustee of the Campaign for Science and Engineering and a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences. She also acts as an advisor to the UK Government on behalf of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).


  • communication and public attitudes to climate change and climate science
  • linking climate change and sustainability
  • climate change
  • improving predictions of future climate change using theoretical approaches, observational studies and numerical modelling
  • the transport and dynamics of the atmosphere, oceans and climate
  • the role of the polar oceans in the global climate system