My name is Leela Frankcombe. Since April 2012 I have been working at the Climate Change Research Centre at the University of New South Wales as part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science.
Variability in the ocean may be broadly divided into three categories:
(a) directly forced variability, e.g. the warming of the oceans due to anthropogenic greenhouse gases, or the response of the oceans to a large volcanic eruption,
(b) internal variability intrinsic to the ocean, e.g. bimodality of the Kuroshio (caused by the ocean switching between multiple equilibria), or the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO; oscillations due to the presence of a periodic equilibrium), and
(c) coupled variability of the ocean-atmosphere system, e.g. El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO).
I study the intrinsic variability of the oceans, particularly on long timescales (decadal to multi-decadal). I am interested in the causes of this variability, how the different modes of variability interact with each other and with the variability caused by external forcing.