Cecilia Bitz

Professor and Chair, Atmospheric Sciences

Faculty, Astrobiology Program

Cecilia Bitz headshot
Areas of Expertise
  • The role of sea ice in the climate system and high-latitude climate and climate change.
  • The predictability of Arctic sea ice. I co-lead the Sea Ice Prediction Network.
  • Global coupled climate modeling. Including integrations at very high resolution.
  • ATM S 340 Thermodynamics and Clouds
  • ATM S 441 & 442 Atmospheric Motions I & II
  • ATM S 559 Climate Modeling
  • AGU Jacob Bjerknes Lecture
  • American Geophysical Society Fellow 2018
  • Alfred Wegener Lecture in Climate Science, March 2017
  • Washington State Academy of Sciences, elected member 2015
  • American Meteorological Society Fellow 2015
  • Highly Cited Researchers of 2014 list
  • Sears Lecture, Woods Hole, GFD and Climate summer school 2014
  • Francis Bretherton visitor to NCAR 2014
  • Fulbright Scholar Award to New Zealand 2013-2014
  • Rosenstiel Award in Atmospheric Science and Oceanography 2013
  • American Geophysical Union Ascent Award in Atmospheric Science 2013
  • Agassiz Visiting Lecturer, Harvard University 2013
  • Community Climate System Model Distinguished Achievement Award 2002
  • NOAA Climate and Global Change Fellowship (1999-2001)
  • Shell Award, Department of Physics, University of Washington 1990
  • Kerrer Award, Department of Physics, University of Washington 1989
  • Tau Beta Pi (Engineering) and Sigma Pi Sigma (Physics) Honor Societies, 1986
  • Board Member, Future of Ice Initiative, UW
  • National Research Council, Board on Atmospheric Sciences, since Sep 2016
  • Presidents Advisory Council on University Relations to UCAR (PACUR), 2013 – 2016
  • UW representative to UCAR, since Oct 2013
  • National Research Council committee on “Developing a U.S. Research Agenda to Advance Subseasonal to Seasonal Forecasting”, July 2014 to March 2016.
  • Advisory Committee for the National Science Foundation Geosciences Directorate and Polar Division Subcommittee Chair, 2013-2014.
  • Advisory Committee for the National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs, 2010-2014. Committee Chair Aug 2011 to May 2013.
Selected publications
  • Cheng, W., E. Blanchard-Wrigglesworth, C.M. Bitz, C. Ladd, and P. Stabeno, 2016: Diagnostic sea ice predictability in the pan-Arctic and U.S. Arctic regional seas, Geophy. Res. Lett., 43, 11,688-11,696, doi: 10.1002/2016GL070735.

  • Markle, B.R., E.J. Steig, C. Buizert, S.W. Shoenemann, C.M. Bitz, T.J. Fudge, J.B. Pedro, Q. Ding, T. Jones, J.W.C. White, and T. Sowers, 2016: Global atmospheric teleconnections during Dansgaard-Oeschger events, Nature Geo., doi:10.1038/ngeo2848.

  • Blanchard-Wrigglesworth, E., A. Barthélemy, M. Chevallier, R.I. Cullather, N. Fučkar, F. Massonnet, P Posey, W. Wang, J. Zhang, C. Ardilouze, C.M. Bitz, G. Vernieres, A. Wallcraft, and M. Wang, 2016: Multi-model seasonal forecast of Arctic sea-ice forecast uncertainty at pan-Arctic and regional scales, Climate Dynamics, doi:10.1007/s00382-016-3388-9.