Jenny Turton

Dr. Jenny Turton

Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Institut für Geographie

Wetterkreuz 15
91058 Erlangen


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Curriculum Vitae

  • PhD in Polar Meteorology from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and University of Leeds (Sept 2013- April 2017) Supervisors: Dr A. Kirchgaessner (BAS), Dr J. King (BAS), Dr A. Ross (Leeds). Thesis title: Investigating the spatial and temporal distribution of foehn conditions over the Larsen C ice shelf, Antarctic Peninsula.
  • Master of Research in ‘Science of the Environment’ University of Lancaster (Sept 2012- Sept 2013) Supervisor: Dr W. Tych. Thesis title: Are we getting wetter? A regional breakdown of short duration hourly extreme rainfall analysis for the UK. Grade: Distinction.
  • Bachelor of Science in Earth Science and Geography From University of Lancaster (Sept 2009- July 2012). Including a study-abroad year at Oregon State University, USA (Sept 2010- July 2011). Supervisor: Dr W. Tych. Thesis title: A review of the long and short term correlation between the East Equatorial Pacific SST and extreme rainfall over India. Grade: First Class Distinction.

Teaching Experience:

  • Modelling physical systems in the climate (MSc-Seminar):Topics in Climate Modelling
  • Effective science communication (MSc-Seminar guest lecture)
  • NCAS Atmospheric Sciences Summer School ‘Mentor’ for PhD Students
  • Mathematics for Earth Sciences (BSc/Undergraduate level practical course)

Courses Attended:

  • Polar Prediction Summer School (April 2018) in Abisko, Sweden. Discussions and workshops for predicting current weather and future climate change in the Arctic region. Sessions on science communication.
  • Arctic Atmospheric Boundary Layer and Local Climate Processes (January-March 2016) at the University Center in Svalbard (UNIS). Planning and undertaking polar fieldwork at Svalbard and subsequent data analysis. Oral and written assessment. Project: Spatial variability of temperature in Adventdalen. Grade: A.
  • NCAS Field Measurements (April 2015) Planning and undertaking fieldwork at Arran Island, Scotland to observe turbulent flows, aerosol and automatic weather station data. Attending lectures, completing group t asks and exercises.
  • Atmosphere and Ocean Fluid Dynamics: undergraduate and masters lectureships at the University of Cambridge throughout my PhD.
  • Basic WRF Tutorial (July 2014) Attended the WRF users course at NCAR, Boulder, USA.

Relevant Job and Volunteering Experiences:

    • EGU Early Career Scientist (ECS) Union level representative (April 2021- current)
    • EGU Early Career Scientist (ECS) Cryosphere division representative (April 2019- April 2021)
    • Social Media Team Members for EGU Cryosphere (March 2018-current)

Head of Education and Outreach for UK Polar Network (UKPN) (Sept 2015 – March 2017) Head of a team of six officers. Organizing workshops, school visits and mentor panels for early career researchers and students.

  • RMetS Student Ambassador (Sept 2015-March 2017) Advertising the student membership advantages, encouraging new PhD students to attend the annual student conference. Take part in events such as Twitter careers session.
  • Climate change advisor (June 2016-December 2016) Advising Balik Arts charity on the global issues of climate change and polar climate change impacts. Balik arts undertook a climate change photography workshop at Svalbard (Sept 2016).
  • Co-Chair for RMetS student conference (Sept 2015-July 2016) Selecting the broad conference topic and smaller sessions and selecting guest speakers. Chairing a session. Organizing the social activities and dinners. Ensuring smooth running of the conference.
  • Chair for Cambridge Center for Climate Science student conference (Jan-May 2015) A collaboration between six departments at the University of Cambridge, BAS and the Scott Polar Research Institute.
  • Undergraduate Lab Demonstrator (Sept 2012-July 2013) Demonstrator and tutor for first year undergraduate at Lancaster Environment Center at University of Lancaster. Running lab and math skills practical sessions, tutoring a group of students and grading coursework.
  • Voluntary Meteorology Observer (Sept 2012-July 2013) Voluntarily meteorological observer at Hazelrigg Weather Station.


Conference Contributions:

  • Climatic controls on the interannual variability of surface melt pond formation in northeast Greenland. AGU 2019 Poster (Dec 2019)
  • Climatology of 79N glacier and the impacts of winter warming events on the glacier surface. EGU 2019 PICO (April 2019)
  • Climatology of 79N glacier, northeast Greenland. EGU 2018 poster (April 2018).
  • Foehn-induced surface melting of the Larsen C ice shelf, Antarctic Peninsula. EGU 2017 Poster (April 2017).
  • High Resolution Representation of Foehn Winds over the Antarctic Peninsula in Polar WRF. University of Leeds ICAS department symposium, Poster (Nov 2016).
  • Does High Resolution Modeling Improve the Spatial Analysis of Foehn? RMetS Student Conference, Oral presentation (July 2016).
  • Characteristics and spatial distribution of foehn conditions over the Larsen ice shelf, Antarctica, in observations and Polar WRF. International Conference on Alpine Meteorology, Oral presentation (Sept 2015).

Notable Achievements:

  • Awarded Best Presentation at RMetS Student Conference 2016, and asked to write an article for ‘Weather’.
  • Awarded the RMetS Legacies Grant Funding of $ 1000 toward costs while in Svalbard.
  • Selected for the Naming Committee of the NERC Polar Research Vessel.
  • Elected head of education and outreach for the UKPN.
  • Awarded fully funded NERC PhD studentship for 3.5 years.


Wille, J., Favier, V., Jourdain, N., Kittel, C., Turton, J., Agosta, C., Gorodetskaya, I., Picard, G., Codron, F., Amory, C., Fettweis, X., Blanchet, J., Jomelli, V. (2021). The atmospheric river threat to Antarctic Peninsula Ice-Shelf stability. Nature Earth and Environment. Under Review.

Blau, M., Turton, JV., Sauter, T. and Mölg, T (2021). Surface mass balance and energy balance of the 79N Glacier (Nioghalvfjerdsfjorden, NE Greenland) modeled by linking COSIPY and Polar WRF. Journal of Glaciology, 1-15, https:/

Turton, JV., Hochreuther, P., Reimann, N. and Blau, M (2021). The distribution and evolution of supraglacial lakes on the 79°N Glacier (northeast Greenland) and interannual climatic controls. The Cryosphere, 15, 3877-3896,

Kropac, E., Mölg, T., Cullen, N.J., Collier, E., Pickler, C., Turton, JV (2021). A Detailed, Multi‐Scale Assessment of an Atmospheric River Event and Its Impact on Extreme Glacier Melt in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. JGR: Atmospheres, 126 (9),

Turton, JV., Kirchgaessner, A., Ross, AN., King, JC and Kuipers Munneke, P (2020). The influence of föhn winds on annual and seasonal surface melt on the Larsen C Ice Shelf, Antarctica. The Cryosphere. 14, 4165-4180,

Temme, F., Turton, JV., Mölg, T. and Sauter, T (2020). Flow regimes and föhn types characterize the local climate of Southern Patagonia. Atmospheres . 11, 899.

Turton, JV., Mölg, T. and Collier, E (2020). High-Resolution (1 km) Polar WRF output for 79N Glacier and the Northeast of Greenland from 2014-2018. Earth System Science Data. 12, 1191-1202.

Farias Barahona, DA., Sommer, C., Sauter, T., Bannister, D., Seehaus, TC, Malz, P., Casassa, G., Mayewski, PA., Turton, JV. and Braun, M (2020). Detailed quantification of glacier elevation and mass changes in South Georgia. Environmental Research Letters. 15, 034036.

Turton, JV, Mölg, T and van As, D (2019). Atmospheric processes and climatological characteristics of the 79N Glacier (northeast Greenland). Monthly Weather Review. 147(4), 1375-1394.

Turton, JV, Kirchgaessner, A., Ross, AN and King, JC (2018). The spatial distribution and temporal variability of foehn winds over the Larsen C ice shelf, Antarctica. QJRMS 144 (713), 1169-1178.

Turton, JV, Kirchgaessner, A., King, JC and Ross, AN (2017). Does high-resolution modeling improve the spatial analysis of the Larsen C ice shelf? Weather 72 (7), 192-196.


Working Group Climatology (AG Mölg)
  • Polar Meteorology / Climatology
  • Atmosphere-Ice Interactions
  • Foehn winds
  • Surface mass balance of ice shelves and glaciers
  • Regional atmospheric modelling with the “Weather Research and Forecast” (WRF) model.