Cecilia Bitz's Homepage

Tel: (206) 543-1339
office: Atmos Sci & Geophys Bld 502

I am a Professor in the Atmospheric Sciences Department, an Affiliate Physicist for the Polar Science Center, and part of the Program on Climate Change, all at University of Washington

My research interests include

Presentation giving at congressional briefing on 20 Mar 2013

My Publications

You may download Cecilia's Curriculum Vitae in pdf.

Art and Science

Beaded Anorak Project called "The Melt" with Scott Schuldt  

Anorak Art Project shoulder view

Sea Level Rise Sculpture at Seattle Art Museum

Recent Teaching

At summerschools I often have students use a sea ice thermodynamic model that I wrote. It is a good educational tool.

  1. Download a tarfile of the Bitz and Lipscomb 1999 thermodynamic sea ice model, OR goto a directory with the individual files 
  2. Draft lecture notes on global sea ice model and exercises I used with the simple model.

Public Outreach

For the past four years I have participated at the Polar Science Weekend at the Seattle Pacific Science Center. I showed posters on the greenhouse effect and sea ice retreat and demonstrated the art of climate modeling with a simple climate model I wrote for the weekend, see photograph. In 2009 I demonstrated the ice-albedo effect with a spectrometer aimed at different surface types (designed by Bonnie Light), see photograph with the "ocean" in front of me.

seattle The link at the left lets you run the simple climate model I wrote for the Polar Science Weekend. You can explore the climate sensitivity to greenhouse gases, the solar constant, and ancient distributions of continental landmasses. It is fun and easy to use.

A few more items just for fun

sat view

What is wrong with this picture?

The image at left was shown at the end of the Day After Tomorrow, a recent blockbuster movie about climate change. Ice and snow on land cover large areas of North America.

Click on the picture or here for a discussion about the impossibility of the sea ice cover!

Scaled map

The map of the Arctic with the United States on the left was created by Harry Stern of the University of Washington Polar Science Center. Click on the map or here for a description of the scaling.

In September 2007 the ice cover was a record low, the departure from normal was equal to about four times the size of Texas.

Mailing Address

Atmospheric Sciences
MB 351640
University of Washington
Seattle WA 98195-1640 USA

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408 Atmospheric Sciences Building
University of Washington
Seattle WA 98195-1640 USA

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