Assistant Professor (Ramón y Cajal Fellow) Complutense University of Madrid
Guest Scientist Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Contact Dept. Earth Science and Astrophysics, Faculty of Physics Complutense University of Madrid Email: email@example.com Tel: +34 91 394 4457
I am a climate scientist and glaciologist with expertise in several fields. My ongoing research can be separated into three main lines:
Modeling the continental ice sheets and their interactions with the climate and ocean. See, e.g., Robinson et al. (Nat. Clim. Change, 2012) or Robinson et al. (Nat. Comm., 2017) . Here is an animation showing a simulation of Greenland melting under 6 K of warming . Modeling and analysis of extreme and abrupt climate events, such as heat waves and droughts, or the collapse of the Atlantic Meriodional Overturning Circulation (AMOC). See, e.g., Coumou and Robinson (ERL, 2013) , or Caesar et al. (Nature, 2018) . Optimizing hybrid renewable energy generation systems for changing climatic conditions. See, e.g., Petrakopoulou et al. (Re. En., 2016) .
I am always open to new collaborations, please contact me if interested!
Yelmo ice sheet model
Our group has developed a state-of-the-art hybrid ice sheet model designed mainly for long time scale and ensemble simulations (Robinson et al., in prep.). The model is open source and can be found with documentation at the links below:
Yelmo: steady-state simulations of Antarctica for present-day (left) and the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM, right). The color bar gives surface velocity (m/a) and the contours show surface elevation every 500 m, with thicker lines at 1000 m intervals. The white line shows the grounding line.
REMBO climate model
REMBO (Regional Energy Moisture Balance Orographic model) is an intermediate complexity regional climate model designed for simulating the climate and surface mass balance over Greenland. It has been coupled with SICOPOLIS (http://www.sicopolis.net/) and more recently Yelmo, and is used to study long-term climate change and ice-sheet stability (e.g.,
Robinson et al., 2010; Robinson et al., 2011; Robinson et al., 2012; Yau et al., 2016; Robinson et al., 2017). The model is open source, but comes without technical documentation. If you have questions concerning the use of REMBO, please contact me.
Robinson et al. (2010): Comparison of snowfall (accumulation) data (panel a) with predictions from REMBO for present day (panel b) and ice-free conditions (panel c).
ncio: NetCDF input/output (NCIO) Fortran interface https://www.geosci-model-dev.net/8/1877/2015/
ensembles: ensemble output generator https://github.com/alex-robinson/ensembles Fortran Library to aid transforming model output from several simulations into combined ensemble output for easier analysis.
nml: Modern namelist functionality https://github.com/alex-robinson/nml Fortran Library to replace intrinsic Namelist parameter reading in Fortran, which is inflexible and relies on outdated common blocks, to a modern, easy to use interface.
insol: Insolation library https://github.com/alex-robinson/insol A Fortran interface to calculate paleo and future daily insolation at the top of the atmosphere.
36 ISI articles
4 peer-reviewed reports (World Bank, Asian Development Bank) 30+ conference presentations (6 invited)
Google Scholar (ID 3cU6ewMAAAAJ): 1993 citations / H-index 17 Scopus (ID 35220447400): 1185 citations / H-index 13 36 results
 Ocean-driven millennial-scale variability of the Eurasian ice sheet during the last glacial period simulated with a hybrid ice-sheet-shelf model ( ), In , Climate of the Past Copernicus GmbH, volume 15, 2019.
 ( ), Impact of millennial-scale oceanic variability on the Greenland ice-sheet evolution throughout the last glacial period In , volume 15, Climate of the Past 2019.
 ( ), The Antarctic Ice Sheet response to glacial millennial-scale variability In , volume 15, Climate of the Past 2019.
 ( ), The sensitivity of the Greenland Ice Sheet to glacial-interglacial oceanic forcing In , volume 14, Climate of the Past 2018.
 ( ), The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets under 1.5 °C global warming In , volume 8, Nature Climate Change 2018.
 ( ), Observed fingerprint of a weakening Atlantic Ocean overturning circulation In , volume 556, Nature 2018.
 ( ), A new approach for simulating the paleo-evolution of the Northern Hemisphere ice sheets In , volume 11, Geoscientific Model Development 2018.
 ( ), Climate change impacts in the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) region and their implications for vulnerable population groups In , volume 17, Regional Environmental Change 2017.
 ( ), Climatic risks and impacts in South Asia: extremes of water scarcity and excess In , volume 17, Regional Environmental Change 2017.
 ( ), Climate change impacts in Sub-Saharan Africa: from physical changes to their social repercussions In , volume 17, Regional Environmental Change 2017.
 ( ), MIS-11 duration key to disappearance of the Greenland ice sheet In , volume 8, Nature Communications 2017.
 ( ), Climate change impacts in Central Asia and their implications for development In , volume 17, Regional Environmental Change 2017.
 ( ), Climate change impacts in Latin America and the Caribbean and their implications for development In , volume 17, Regional Environmental Change 2017.
 ( ), SEMIC: An efficient surface energy and mass balance model applied to the Greenland ice sheet In , volume 11, Cryosphere 2017.
 ( ), Recent Progress in Greenland Ice Sheet Modelling In , volume 3, Current Climate Change Reports 2017.
 ( ), Reconstructing the last interglacial at Summit, Greenland: Insights from GISP2 In , volume 113, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2016.
 ( ), Simulation and evaluation of a hybrid concentrating-solar and wind power plant for energy autonomy on islands In , volume 96, Renewable Energy 2016.
 ( ), Simulation and analysis of a stand-alone solar-wind and pumped-storage hydropower plant In , volume 96, Energy 2016.
 ( ), Exergetic analysis and dynamic simulation of a solar-wind power plant with electricity storage and hydrogen generation In , volume 113, Journal of Cleaner Production 2016.
 ( ), Future sea level rise constrained by observations and long-term commitment In , volume 113, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2016.
 ( ), The role of CO2 decline for the onset of Northern Hemisphere glaciation In , volume 119, Quaternary Science Reviews 2015.
 ( ), NCIO 1.0: A simple Fortran NetCDF interface In , volume 8, Geoscientific Model Development 2015.
 ( ), Exceptional twentieth-century slowdown in Atlantic Ocean overturning circulation In , volume 5, Nature Climate Change 2015.
 ( ), Simulating the Greenland ice sheet under present-day and palaeo constraints including a new discharge parameterization In , volume 9, Cryosphere 2015.
 ( ), An interhemispheric mechanism for glacial abrupt climate change In , volume 44, Climate Dynamics 2015.
 ( ), The importance of insolation changes for paleo ice sheet modeling In , volume 8, Cryosphere 2014.
 ( ), The multimillennial sea-level commitment of global warming In , volume 110, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2013.
 ( ), Global increase in record-breaking monthly-mean temperatures In , volume 118, Climatic Change 2013.
 ( ), Historic and future increase in the global land area affected by monthly heat extremes In , volume 8, Environmental Research Letters 2013.
 ( ), Iceberg discharges of the last glacial period driven by oceanic circulation changes In , volume 110, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2013.
 ( ), Multistability and critical thresholds of the Greenland ice sheet In , volume 2, Nature Climate Change 2012.
 ( ), Brief communication "can recent ice discharges following the Larsen-B ice-shelf collapse be used to infer the driving mechanisms of millennial-scale variations of the Laurentide ice sheet?" In , volume 6, Cryosphere 2012.
 ( ), Greenland ice sheet model parameters constrained using simulations of the Eemian Interglacial In , volume 7, Climate of the Past 2011.
 ( ), Palaeoclimate: The past is not the future In , volume 4, Nature Geoscience 2011.
 ( ), An efficient regional energy-moisture balance model for simulation of the Greenland Ice Sheet response to climate change In , volume 4, Cryosphere 2010.
 ( ), The regrets of procrastination in climate policy In , volume 2, Environmental Research Letters 2007.