Professor Katrin Meissner
Director of the Climate Change Research Centre
Field of Research: 
Abrupt climate change, thresholds and feedbacks
Contact details:
+61 2 9385 8969

Room 472
Mathews Building (F23)
UNSW, Kensington 2052

Associate Investigator at the Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science.

Adjunct Professor at the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria.

Courtesy Faculty Member at the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA.


Research Students


Witold Bagniewski (PhD candidate)

Willem Huiskamp (PhD candidate)

Karin Kvale (PhD candidate)


Chris Avis (PhD)

Katie Brennan (PhD)

Justin Burtin (MSc)

Karin Kvale (MSc)

Willem Huiskamp (Honours)

Matthew Ward (Honours)



MSCI3001/MSCI5004 Physical Oceanography / Oceanographic Processes (Course Convenor, Lecturer)

MSCI0501 The Marine Environment (Guest Lecturer)

CLIM 1001/GENS0401  Introduction to Climate Change (Guest Lecturer)



Brennan, C.E., Meissner, K.J., Eby, M., Hillaire-Marcel, C. and A.J. Weaver, 2013: Impact of sea ice variability on the oxygen isotope content of seawater under glacial and interglacial conditions. Paleoceanography, 28, 1-13. [link to abstract and full article]

Ridder, N.N., Meissner, K.J. and M.H. England, 2013: Sensitivity of the oceanic carbon reservoir to tropical surface wind stress variations. Geophysical Research Letters, 40(10), 2218-2223.[link to abstract and full article]

Huiskamp, W.N. and K.J. Meissner, 2012: Oceanic carbon and water masses during the Mystery Interval: a model-data comparison study. Paleoceanography, 27, PA4296,17pp. [link to abstract and full article]

Wania, R., Meissner, K.J., Eby, M., Arora, V., Ross, I. and A.J. Weaver, 2012: Carbon-nitrogen feedbacks in the UVic ESCM. Geoscientific Model Development, 5, 1137-1160. [link to abstract and full article]

Meissner, K.J., McNeil, B.I., Eby, M. and E.C. Wiebe, 2012: The importance of the terrestrial weathering feedback for multi-millennial coral reef habitat recovery, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 26, GB3017, 20pp. [link to abstract and full article]

Kvale, K.F., Zickfeld, K., Bruckner, T., Meissner, K.J., Tanaka, K. and A.J. Weaver, 2012: Carbon dioxide emission pathways avoiding dangerous ocean impacts, Weather, Climate and Society, 4, 212-229. [link to abstract and full article]

Brennan, C.E., Weaver, A.J., Eby, M. and K.J. Meissner, 2012: Modelling oxygen isotopes in the University of Victoria Earth System Climate Model for Pre-industrial and Last Glacial Maximum Conditions, Atmosphere-Ocean, DOI:10.1080/07055900.2012.707611.[link to abstract and full article]http://www.springerlink.com/content/c4359l3208j88631/

Meissner, K.J., Lippmann, T. and A. Sen Gupta, 2012: Large-scale stress factors affecting coral reefs: open ocean sea surface temperature and surface seawater aragonite saturation over the next 400 years, Coral Reefs, 31(2): 309-319. DOI: 10.1007/s00338-011-0866-8.[link to abstract and full article]

Montenegro, A., Spence, P., Meissner, K.J., Eby, M., Melchin, M.J. and S.T. Johnston, 2011: Climate simulations of the Permian-Triassic boundary: Ocean acidification and the extinction event, Paleoceanography, 26, PA3207doi:10.1029/2010PA002058. [link to abstract and full article]

Avis, C.A.A., Weaver, A.J. and K.J. Meissner, 2011: Evolution of high-latitude wetlands in response to permafrost thaw, Nature Geoscience, 4, 444-448. doi:10.1038/ngeo1160. [link to abstract and full article]

D'Orgeville, M., Sijp,W.P., England, M.H. and K.J. Meissner, 2010: On the control of glacial-interglacial atmospheric CO2 variations by the southern hemisphere westerlies, Geophysical Research Letters, 37, L21703, doi:10.1029/2010GL045261. [link to abstract and full article]

Fyke, J.G., Carter, L., Mackintosh, A., Weaver, A.J. and K.J. Meissner, 2010: Surface Melting over ice shelves and ice sheets as assessed from modelled surface air temperatures, Journal of Climate, 23(7): 1929-1936. [link to abstract and full article]

Eby, M., Zickfeld, K., Montenegro, A., Archer, D., Meissner, K.J. and A.J. Weaver, 2009: Lifetime of anthropogenic climate change: Millennial time-scales of potential CO2 and surface temperature perturbations, Journal of Climate, 22: 2501-2511. [link to abstract and full article]

Meissner, K.J., A. Montenegro and C. Avis, 2008: Paleoceanography. In: Encyclopedia of Paleoclimatology and Ancient Environments. Gornitz, V., Ed., Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series, Kluwer Academic Publishers.[pdf]

Meissner, K.J., Eby, M., Weaver, A.J. and O.A. Saenko, 2008: CO2 threshold for millennial-scale oscillations in the climate system: implications for global warming scenarios, Climate Dynamics, 30: 161-174. DOI: 10.1007/s00382-007-0279-0. [link to abstract and full article]

Meissner, K.J., 2007: The Younger Dryas: a data to model comparison to constrain the strength of the overturning circulation, Geophysical Research Letters, 34, L21705, doi:10.1029/2007GL031304.[link to abstract and full article]

Clark, P.U., Hostetler, S.W., Pisias, N.G., Schmittner, A. and K.J. Meissner, 2007: Mechanisms for a ~7-kyr climate and sea-level oscillation during marine isotope stage 3, Past and Future Changes of the Ocean Meridional Overturning Circulation: Mechanisms and Impacts (AGU Monograph), Schmittner, Chiang, and Hemming eds., 209-246. [pdf]

Meissner, K.J., 2007: Conclusion: Reconstructing and Modelling Past Oceans, in Paleoceanography of the Late Cenozoic, Volume 1: Methods in Late Cenozoic Paleoceanography , ed. Hillaire-Marcel and de Vernal, Elsevier, 799-812.[pdf]

Carlson, A.E., Clark, P.U., Haley, B.A., Klinkhammer, G.P., Simmons, K., Brook, E.J. and K.J. Meissner, 2007: Geochemical proxies of freshwater routing during the Younger Dryas event, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 104: 6556-6561.[link to abstract and full article]

Meissner, K.J. and P.U. Clark, 2006: Impact of floods versus routing events on the thermohaline circulation, Geophysical Research Letters, 33, L15704, doi:10.1029/2006GL026705.[link to abstract and full article]

Montenegro, A., Eby, M., Kaplan, J.O., Meissner, K.J. and A.J. Weaver, 2006: Carbon storage on exposed continental shelves during the glacial-interglacial transition, Geophysical Research Letters, 20, 33, L08703, doi:10.1029/2005GL025480. [link to abstract and full article]

Meissner, K.J., Galbraith, E.D. and C. Völker, 2005: Denitrification under glacial and interglacial conditions: A physical approach, Paleoceanography, 20, PA3001:1-13. [link to abstract and full article]

Matthews, H.D., Weaver, A.J. and K.J. Meissner, 2005: Terrestrial Carbon Cycle Dynamics under Recent and Future Climate Change, Journal of Climate, 18, 1609-1628. [link to abstract and full article]

Matthews, H.D., Weaver, A.J., Meissner, K.J., Gillett, N.P. and M. Eby, 2004: Natural and anthropogenic climate change: Incorporating historical land cover changes, vegetation dynamics and the global carbon cycle, Climate Dynamics, 22:461-479. DOI 10.1007/s00382-004-0392-2. [link to abstract and full article]

Meissner, K.J., Weaver, A.J., Matthews, H.D. and P.M. Cox, 2003: The role of land-surface dynamics in glacial inception: a study with the UVic Earth System Model, Climate Dynamics, 21:515-537. DOI 10.1007/s00382-0352-2. [link to abstract and full article]

Meissner, K.J, Schmittner, A., Weaver, A.J. and J.F. Adkins, 2003: The ventilation of the North Atlantic Ocean during the Last Glacial Maximum - a comparison between simulated and observed radiocarbon ages, Paleoceanography, 18 (2) , DOI:10.1029/2002PA000762.[link to abstract and full article]

Matthews, H.D., Weaver, A.J., Eby, M. and K.J. Meissner, 2003: Radiative Forcing of Climate by Historical Land Cover Change, Geophysical Research Letters, 30 (2), 1055, DOI:10.1029/2002GL016098.[link to abstract and full article]

Meissner, K.J., Schmittner, A., Wiebe, E.C. and A.J. Weaver, 2002: Simulations of Heinrich Events in a coupled ocean-atmosphere-sea ice model, Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 29, No. 14, 10.1029/2001GL013514.[link to abstract and full article]

Schmittner, A., Meissner, K.J., Eby, M. and A.J. Weaver, 2002: Forcing of the deep ocean circulation in simulations of the Last Glacial Maximum, Paleoceanography, 17 (2). [link to abstract and full article]

Meissner, K.J. and R. Gerdes, 2002: Coupled climate modelling of ocean circulation changes during ice age inception, Climate Dynamics,18: 455-473 , DOI 10.1007/s00382-001-0192-x. [link to abstract and full article]

Weaver, A.J., M. Eby, E.C. Wiebe, C.M. Bitz, P.B. Duffy, T.L. Ewen, A.F. Fanning, M.M. Holland, A. MacFayden, H.D. Matthews, K.J. Meissner, O. Saenko, A. Schmittner, H. Wang and M. Yoshimori, 2001, The UVic Earth System Climate Model: Model Description, Climatology and Applications to Past, Present and Future Climates, Atmosphere-Ocean, 39 (4), 361-428. [pdf]