Biography

I am currently working as a senior research associate on the joint UK-India BoBBLE project funded by NERC & MoES, at the University of East Anglia. The project is jointly led by Professor Adrian Matthews (UEA, UK) and Professor P N Vinayachandran (IISC, India).  My research involves studying how ocean dynamics influence the variability of air-sea heat fluxes in the Bay of Bengal and the resultant impact on monsoon rainfall over India. We have quantified for the first time the heat and salt transported into the Bay of Bengal by the Southwest Monsoon Current, using a combination of in-situ observations (including Seagliders) and numerical modelling (one and three-dimensional).

Previously, I worked on the NERC iSTAR project, studying how ocean dynamics drive variability in the melt rate of rapidly melting ice shelves around the Amundsen Sea, Antarctica. 

My PhD was on the dynamic ocean response to the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO), during which I demonstrated a novel feedback mechanism through which ocean Rossby waves could initiate or amplify MJO events.

Website: htpp://www.bgmwebber.net

All Publications

Nelson, M. J., Queste, B. Y., Smith, I. J., Leonard, G. H., Webber, B. G., Hughes, K. G.

(2017)

Measurements of Ice Shelf Water beneath the front of the Ross Ice Shelf using gliders,

in Annals of Glaciology

58

(74)

pp. 41-50

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Webber, B. G. M., Heywood, K. J., Stevens, D. P., Dutrieux, P., Abrahamsen, E. P., Jenkins, A., Jacobs, S. S., Ha, H. K., Lee, S. H., Kim, T. W.

(2017)

Mechanisms driving variability in the ocean forcing of Pine Island Glacier,

in Nature Communications

8

article no. 14507

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Heywood, K. J., Biddle, L. C., Boehme, L., Dutrieux, P., Fedak, M., Jenkins, A., Jones, R. W., Kaiser, J., Mallett, H., Garabato, A. C. N., Renfrew, I. A., Stevens, D. P., Webber, B. G. M.

(2016)

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: The Role of the Amundsen Sea Continental Shelf in Exchanges Between Ocean and Ice Shelves,

in Oceanography

29

(4)

pp. 118-129

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Christianson, K., Bushuk, M., Dutrieux, P., Parizek, B. R., Joughin, I. R., Alley, R. B., Shean, D. E., Abrahamsen, E. P., Anandakrishnan, S., Heywood, K. J., Kim, T., Lee, S. H., Nicholls, K., Stanton, T., Truffer, M., Webber, B. G. M., Jenkins, A., Jacobs, S., Bindschadler, R., Holland, D. M.

(2016)

Sensitivity of Pine Island Glacier to observed ocean forcing,

in Geophysical Research Letters

43

(20)

pp. 10817-10825

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Jones, R., Renfrew, I., Orr, A., Webber, B., Holland, D., Lazzara, M.

(2016)

Evaluation of four global reanalysis products using in-situ observations in the Amundsen Sea Embayment, Antarctica,

in Journal of Geophysical Research

121

(11)

pp. 6240–6257

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Webber, B. G. M., Matthews, A. J., Heywood, K. J., Kaiser, J., Schmidtko, S.

(2014)

Seaglider observations of equatorial Indian Ocean Rossby waves associated with the Madden-Julian Oscillation,

in Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans

119

(6)

pp. 3714-3731

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Webber, B., Matthews, A., Heywood, K., Stevens, D.

(2012)

Ocean Rossby waves as a triggering mechanism for primary Madden-Julian events,

in Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society

138

(663)

pp. 514-527

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Webber, B., Stevens, D., Matthews, A., Heywood, K.

(2012)

Dynamical ocean forcing of the Madden-Julian Oscillation at lead times of up to five months,

in Journal of Climate

25

pp. 2824-2842

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Webber, B. G., Matthews, A. J., Heywood, K. J.

(2010)

A dynamical ocean feedback mechanism for the Madden-Julian Oscillation,

in Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society

136

pp. 740-754

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Key Research Interests

Tropical climate dynamics

Air-sea interaction

Monsoons

Climate variability

Ocean and atmospheric dynamics

Ocean-ice interaction

Climate change

Ice shelf melting and sea level rise

Global teleconnections

Selected Publications

  • Webber BGM, Matthews AJ, Vinayachandran PN, Neema CP, Vijith V, Sanchez-Franks A, Baranowski DB, Amol P. (In review) The dynamics of the Southwest Monsoon current in 2016 from high-resolution in-situ observations. J. Phys. Oceanogr. 
  • Webber BGM, Heywood KJ, Stevens DP, Dutrieux P, Abrahamsen EP, Jenkins A, Jacobs SS, Ha HK,Lee SH, Kim TW (2017) ­­­Mechanisms driving variability in the ocean forcing of Pine Island Glacier, Nature Communications, 8, 14507
  • Webber, BGM, Matthews, AJ and Heywood, KJ (2010) A dynamical ocean feedback mechanism for the Madden-Julian Oscillation. Quart. J. Roy. Meteorol. Soc. 136: 740--754.