Alexander Robinson

Alexander Robinson

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: robinson@ucm.es
Tel: +34 91 394 4457


Research interests

I am a climate scientist and glaciologist with expertise in several fields. My ongoing research can be separated into three main lines:

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).


Other tools

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Fortran Library to replace intrinsic Namelist parameter reading in Fortran, which is inflexible and relies on outdated common blocks, to a modern, easy to use interface.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.


Curriculum Vitae

ResearchGate profile

Publications

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
2019
[36]Ocean-driven millennial-scale variability of the Eurasian ice sheet during the last glacial period simulated with a hybrid ice-sheet-shelf model (, , and ), In Climate of the Past, Copernicus GmbH, volume 15, . [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
[35] Impact of millennial-scale oceanic variability on the Greenland ice-sheet evolution throughout the last glacial period (, , and ), In Climate of the Past, volume 15, . [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
[34] The Antarctic Ice Sheet response to glacial millennial-scale variability (, , , and ), In Climate of the Past, volume 15, . [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
2018
[33] The sensitivity of the Greenland Ice Sheet to glacial-interglacial oceanic forcing (, , , and ), In Climate of the Past, volume 14, . [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
[32] The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets under 1.5 °C global warming (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , and ), In Nature Climate Change, volume 8, . [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
[31] Observed fingerprint of a weakening Atlantic Ocean overturning circulation (, , , and ), In Nature, volume 556, . [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
[30] A new approach for simulating the paleo-evolution of the Northern Hemisphere ice sheets (, , and ), In Geoscientific Model Development, volume 11, . [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
2017
[29] Climate change impacts in the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) region and their implications for vulnerable population groups (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , and ), In Regional Environmental Change, volume 17, . [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
[28] Climatic risks and impacts in South Asia: extremes of water scarcity and excess (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , and ), In Regional Environmental Change, volume 17, . [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
[27] Climate change impacts in Sub-Saharan Africa: from physical changes to their social repercussions (, , , , , , , and ), In Regional Environmental Change, volume 17, . [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
[26] MIS-11 duration key to disappearance of the Greenland ice sheet (, , , and ), In Nature Communications, volume 8, . [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
[25] Climate change impacts in Central Asia and their implications for development (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , and ), In Regional Environmental Change, volume 17, . [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
[24] Climate change impacts in Latin America and the Caribbean and their implications for development (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , and ), In Regional Environmental Change, volume 17, . [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
[23] SEMIC: An efficient surface energy and mass balance model applied to the Greenland ice sheet (, and ), In Cryosphere, volume 11, . [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
[22] Recent Progress in Greenland Ice Sheet Modelling (, , and ), In Current Climate Change Reports, volume 3, . [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
2016
[21] Reconstructing the last interglacial at Summit, Greenland: Insights from GISP2 (, , and ), In Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, volume 113, . [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
[20] Simulation and evaluation of a hybrid concentrating-solar and wind power plant for energy autonomy on islands (, and ), In Renewable Energy, volume 96, . [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
[19] Simulation and analysis of a stand-alone solar-wind and pumped-storage hydropower plant (, and ), In Energy, volume 96, . [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
[18] Exergetic analysis and dynamic simulation of a solar-wind power plant with electricity storage and hydrogen generation (, and ), In Journal of Cleaner Production, volume 113, . [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
[17] Future sea level rise constrained by observations and long-term commitment (, , , , and ), In Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, volume 113, . [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
2015
[16] The role of CO2 decline for the onset of Northern Hemisphere glaciation (, , , and ), In Quaternary Science Reviews, volume 119, . [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
[15] NCIO 1.0: A simple Fortran NetCDF interface ( and ), In Geoscientific Model Development, volume 8, . [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
[14] Exceptional twentieth-century slowdown in Atlantic Ocean overturning circulation (, , , , , and ), In Nature Climate Change, volume 5, . [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
[13] Simulating the Greenland ice sheet under present-day and palaeo constraints including a new discharge parameterization (, , and ), In Cryosphere, volume 9, . [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
[12] An interhemispheric mechanism for glacial abrupt climate change (, , and ), In Climate Dynamics, volume 44, . [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
2014
[11] The importance of insolation changes for paleo ice sheet modeling ( and ), In Cryosphere, volume 8, . [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
2013
[10] The multimillennial sea-level commitment of global warming (, , , , , and ), In Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, volume 110, . [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
[9] Global increase in record-breaking monthly-mean temperatures (, and ), In Climatic Change, volume 118, . [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
[8] Historic and future increase in the global land area affected by monthly heat extremes ( and ), In Environmental Research Letters, volume 8, . [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
[7] Iceberg discharges of the last glacial period driven by oceanic circulation changes (, , and ), In Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, volume 110, . [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
2012
[6] Multistability and critical thresholds of the Greenland ice sheet (, and ), In Nature Climate Change, volume 2, . [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
[5] 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?" (, and ), In Cryosphere, volume 6, . [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
2011
[4] Greenland ice sheet model parameters constrained using simulations of the Eemian Interglacial (, and ), In Climate of the Past, volume 7, . [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
[3] Palaeoclimate: The past is not the future ( and ), In Nature Geoscience, volume 4, . [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
2010
[2] An efficient regional energy-moisture balance model for simulation of the Greenland Ice Sheet response to climate change (, and ), In Cryosphere, volume 4, . [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]
2007
[1] The regrets of procrastination in climate policy (, , and ), In Environmental Research Letters, volume 2, . [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]