Portrait of Cecilia Bitz

Atmospheric Sciences

Cecilia Bitz

Professor and Chair, Atmospheric Sciences

Cecilia Bitz is the chair of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences and a professor who studies the role that sea ice plays in shaping the climate in high latitudes. She is interested not only in our present and future climates, but also climates of the past. She is actively engaged in research on improving prediction of Arctic sea ice and sea ice data assimilation, investigating wave-ice and coupled air-sea-ice interactions that control large-scale climate. As a well-known expert in her field, she leads several projects funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, and has been called to testify to the U.S. Senate on Arctic climate change.