Dr. Jenny Turton

Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Institut für Geographie

Wetterkreuz 15
91058 Erlangen


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  • 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 Cryosphere Early Career Scientist (ECS) representative (April 2019- current)
  • 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.

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.