Alexander Robinson

I am a post-doctoral researcher at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. I am also a guest scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

Research interests

My research is focused on modeling the continental ice sheets and their interactions with the climate and ocean. For an example of some of my work, here is a recent animation showing a simulation of Greenland melting under 6 K of warming.


Curriculum Vitae


14 ISI articles, 2 other peer-reviewed publications, 1 other publication, 24 conference presentations

ISI articles

14. [2015] Rahmstorf, S., Box, J. E., Feulner, G., Mann, M. E., Robinson, A., Rutherford, S. and Schaffernicht, E. J.: Exceptional twentieth-century slowdown in Atlantic Ocean overturning circulation, Nature Climate Change, March, 1-6, doi:10.1038/nclimate2554, 2015.

13. [2015] Calov, R., Robinson, A., Perrette, M. and Ganopolski, A.: Simulating the Greenland ice sheet under present-day and palaeo constraints including a new discharge parameterization, The Cryosphere, 9, 179-196, doi:10.5194/tc-9-179-2015, 2015.

12. [2014] Robinson, A. and Goelzer, H.: The importance of insolation for paleo ice sheet modeling, The Cryosphere, 8, 1419-1428, doi:10.5194/tc-8-1419-2014, 2014.

11. [2014] Banderas, R., Alvarez-Solas, J., Robinson, A. and Montoya, M.: An interhemispheric mechanism for glacial abrupt climate change, Climate Dynamics, 44, 2897-2908, doi:10.1007/s00382-014-2211-8, 2014.

10. [2013] Coumou, D., Robinson, A. and Rahmstorf, S.: Global increase in record-breaking monthly-mean temperatures, Climatic Change, 118, 3-4, 771-782, doi:10.1007/s10584-012-0668-1, 2013.

9. [2013] Coumou, D. and Robinson, A.: Historic and future increase in the global land area affected by monthly heat extremes, Environmental Research Letters, 8, 3, 034018, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/8/3/034018, 2013.

8. [2013] Levermann, A., Clark, P., Marzeion, B., Milne, G. A., Pollard, D., Radić, V. and Robinson, A.: The multimillennial sea-level commitment of global warming, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110, 34, 13745-13750, doi:10.1073/pnas.1219414110, 2013.

7. [2013] Alvarez-Solas, J., Robinson, A., Montoya, M. and Ritz, C.: Iceberg discharges of the last glacial period driven by oceanic circulation changes, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, doi:10.1073/pnas.1306622110, 2013.

6. [2012] Robinson, A., Calov, R. and Ganopolski, A.: Multistability and critical thresholds of the Greenland ice sheet, Nature Climate Change, 2, 4, 429-432, doi:10.1038/nclimate1449, 2012.

5. [2012] Alvarez-Solas, J., Robinson, A. and Ritz, C.: 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?”, The Cryosphere, 6, 3, 687-693, doi:10.5194/tc-6-687-2012, 2012.

4. [2011] Robinson, A., Calov, R. and Ganopolski, A.: Greenland ice sheet model parameters constrained using simulations of the Eemian Interglacial, Climate of the Past, 7, 2, 381-396, doi:10.5194/cp-7-381-2011, 2011.

3. [2011] Ganopolski, A. and Robinson, A.: Palaeoclimate: The past is not the future, Nature Geoscience, 4, 10, 661-663, doi:10.1038/ngeo1268, 2011.

2. [2010] Robinson, A., Calov, R. and Ganopolski, A.: An efficient regional energy-moisture balance model for simulation of the Greenland Ice Sheet response to climate change, The Cryosphere, 4, 2, 129-144, doi:10.5194/tc-4-129-2010, 2010.

1. [2007] Keller, K., Robinson, A., Bradford, D. F. and Oppenheimer, M.: The regrets of procrastination in climate policy, Environmental Research Letters, 2, 2, 024004, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/2/2/024004, 2007.

Other peer-reviewed publications

2. [2013] Schellnhuber, H. J., Hare, B., Serdeczny, O., Schaeffer, M., Adams, S., Baarsch, F., Schwan, S., Coumou, D., Robinson, A., Vieweg, M., Piontek, F., Donner, R., Runge, J., Rehfeld, K., Rogelj, J., Perrette, M., Menon, A., Schleussner, C.-., Bondeau, A., Svirejeva-Hopkins, A., Schewe, J., Frieler, K., Warszawski, L. and Rocha, M.: Turn Down the Heat: Climate Extremes, Regional Impacts and the Case for Resilience, The World Bank, Washington D.C., 1-217, 2013.

1. [2012] Schellnhuber, H. J., Hare, B., Serdeczny, O., Adams, S., Coumou, D., Frieler, K., Rocha, M., Martin, M., Otto, I. M., Perrette, M., Robinson, A., Schaeffer, M., Schewe, J., Wang, X. and Warszawski, L.: Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided, The World Bank, Washington D.C., 1-85, 2012.

Other publications

1. [2011] Robinson, A.: Modeling the Greenland Ice Sheet response to climate change in the past and future, University of Potsdam, 1-100, 2011.

For more information, see my ResearchGate profile.