Liv Cornelissen

Physical Oceanographer

University of Auckland

PhD Candidate

Liv is a PhD candidate working on the influence of polynya in the Ross Sea Sector in a changing ocean. She is examining polynya events and interannual variability, via a long-term mooring time series of the Terra Nova Bay polynya.

Coastal polynyas are important regions for the global ocean circulation - the dense, cold, saline water masses created during polynya events drive the thermohaline circulation. A better understanding of the mixing processes within the polynya will improve future projections on the global ocean circulation.

Supervision of this work is being undertaken by the University of Auckland and NIWA.

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