Dr. Neil C. Swart

Research Scientist - Developing the physical and biogeochemical components of the Canadian Earth System Model and examining the role of the ocean in the climate system
Environment and Climate Change Canada

Current research and/or projects

To understand and predict climate change by developing and analyzing Earth System Climate models and observations, and in particular focusing on the physical and biogeochemical components of the ocean.

  • Constraining historical and future ocean carbon uptake and climate using observations and models.
  • Developing and testing ocean biogeochemical models and physical parameterizations of mesoscale eddies.
  • Analyzing observed and simulated changes in the circulation and climate of the atmosphere and ocean, particularly over the Southern Ocean.
  • Accelerating model convergence.

Professional activities / interests

Contributing Author, 2014 WMO/UNEP Ozone Assessment, Chapter 4.

Contributing Author, IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, Chapter 3.

Co-lecturer of EOS433/550 The Climate System at the University of Victoria.

Education and awards

PhD, University of Victoria, 2013

MSc, Physical Oceanography, University of Cape Town, 2008

BSc (Hons), Physical Oceanography, University of Cape Town, 2005

BSc, Oceanography and Atmospheric Science, University of Cape Town, 2004

Arne H. Lane Graduate Fellowship in Marine Sciences, 2012

National Research Foundation Prestigious Scholarship for Doctoral Studies abroad, 2009-2011

UBC four year Doctoral Fellowship, 2009

The David and Elaine Potter Fellowship for Masters, 2006

Key publications

Swart, N.C., J.C. Fyfe, O.A. Saenko and M. Eby (2014) Wind driven changes in the ocean carbon sink, Biogeosciences Discuss., 11, 8023-8048, doi:10.5194/bgd-11-8023-2014.

Swart, N.C. and J.C. Fyfe (2013) The influence of recent Antarctic Ice Sheet retreat on simulated sea-ice trends, Geophysical Research Letters. 40:4328-4332. doi:10.1002/grl.50820.

Swart, N.C. and J.C. Fyfe (2012) Observed and simulated changes in the Southern Hemisphere surface westerly wind-stress. Geophysical Research Letters. 39 (L16711). doi:10.1029/2012GL052810.

Swart, N.C. and A.J. Weaver (2012) The Alberta oil-sands and climate. Nature Climate Change. 2: 134-136. doi:10.1038/nclimate1421.

Swart, N.C. And J.C. Fyfe (2012) Global climate model wind bias influences ocean carbon uptake and storage, Nature Climate Change. 2: 47-52. doi:10.1038/NCLIMATE1289.

Swart, N.C., S. Allen and B. Greenan (2011) Resonant amplification of sub-inertial tides in a submarine canyon. Journal of Geophysical Research. 116 (C09001). doi:10.1029/2011JC006990.

Swart, N. C., J. R. E. Lutjeharms, H. Ridderinkhof, and W. P. M. de Ruijter (2010), Observed characteristics of Mozambique Channel eddies. Journal of Geophysical Research. 115 (C09006). doi:10.1029/2009JC00587.

Waldron, H. N., P.M.S. Monteiro and N.C. Swart (2009) Carbon export and sequestration in the southern Benguela upwelling system, lower and upper estimates. Ocean Science. 5: 711-718. doi:10.5194/os-5-711-2009.

Swart, N. C., I. J. Ansorge, and J. R. E. Lutjeharms (2008) Detailed characterization of a cold Antarctic eddy. Journal of Geophysical Research. 113 (C01009). doi:10.1029/2007JC004190.

Bernard, A.T.F, I.J. Ansorge, P.W. Froneman, J.R.E. Lutjeharms, K.S. Bernard and N.C. Swart (2007) Entrainment of Antarctic euphausiids across the Antarctic Polar Front by a cold eddy. Deep Sea Research I. 54: 1841-1851. doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2007.06.007.

Ansorge, I. J., J. R. E. Lutjeharms, N. C. Swart, and J. V. Durgadoo (2006) Observational evidence for a cross frontal heat pump in the Southern Ocean. Geophysical Research Letters. 33 (L19601). doi:10.1029/2006GL026174.