Cecilia Bitz's Homepage

Tel: (206) 543-1339
office: Atmos Sci & Geophys Bld 408

I am Professor and Chair of the Atmospheric Sciences Department and faculty in the Program on Climate Change, both at University of Washington

My research interests include

My publications

Theses by members of my group

Additional material by me or about me

"Hot times in the Arctic" An op-ed I was invited to write for the New York Times about the extreme warm conditions in the Arctic this winter.

Written and oral testimony given to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on 5 Mar 2015. And answers to Sen. Cantwell's follow-up questions.

Presentation giving at congressional briefing on 20 Mar 2013

My Curriculum Vitae

Field work in Antarctica Nov 2013

MeHoldingCore While I was a Fulbright Senior Scholar 2013-2014 to New Zealand, I did field work in Antarctica. My hosts were Drs. Inga Smith and Pat Langhorne at University of Otago, in Dunedin, NZ. Here I am holding a sea ice core extracted from the snow-covered land-fast first-year sea ice that I am standing on. Mt Erebus (3,794 m or 12,448 ft) on Ross Island is directly behind the core. Location: Camp Haskell, Event (project) K131 "Sea ice and Southern Ocean processes" camp, Haskell Strait, McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. Date: 4 November 2013. Photograph taken by Dr. Inga Smith, University of Otago and K131.

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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University of Washington
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