Dr Gabriel Pontes
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Gabriel Pontes

Science
Climate Change Research Centre

I am a research scientist at the Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC) and the Australian Centre for Excellence in Antarctic Sciences (ACEAS) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

My work resolves around the oceans' role in the climate system, how oceans had been affected by ice sheets, carbon dioxide and solar radiation in the past and what we can learn from that to inform the future of the oceans. To achieve this I perform simulations with global climate Recently, I've been focusing on the ocean's response to ice sheet melting and how it impacts global and regional climate.

I have a wide range of research interest including:

  • Oceanic and atmospheric teleconnections between tropical and polar regions
  • Factors affecting High Latitude Southern Hemisphere Climate
  • The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC)
  • Modes of climate variability. In particular, the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO)
  • The impact of high latitudes changes on tropical rainfall
Location
Climate Change Research Centre Mathews Building level 4, UNSW, Kensington 2052
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Pontes GM; Taschetto AS; Sen Gupta A; Santoso A; Wainer I; Haywood AM; Chan WL; Abe-Ouchi A; Stepanek C; Lohmann G; Hunter SJ; Tindall JC; Chandler MA; Sohl LE; Peltier WR; Chandan D; Kamae Y; Nisancioglu KH; Zhang Z; Contoux C; Tan N; Zhang Q; Otto-Bliesner BL; Brady EC; Feng R; von der Heydt AS; Baatsen MLJ; Oldeman AM, 2022, 'Mid-Pliocene El Niño/Southern Oscillation suppressed by Pacific intertropical convergence zone shift', Nature Geoscience, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41561-022-00999-y
    Journal articles | 2021
    Oldeman AM; Baatsen MLJ; Von Der Heydt AS; Dijkstra HA; Tindall JC; Abe-Ouchi A; Booth AR; Brady EC; Chan WL; Chandan D; Chandler MA; Contoux C; Feng R; Guo C; Haywood AM; Hunter SJ; Kamae Y; Li Q; Li X; Lohmann G; Lunt DJ; Nisancioglu KH; Otto-Bliesner BL; Peltier WR; Pontes GM; Ramstein G; Sohl LE; Stepanek C; Tan N; Zhang Q; Zhang Z; Wainer I; Williams CJR, 2021, 'Reduced El Niño variability in the mid-Pliocene according to the PlioMIP2 ensemble', Climate of the Past, 17, pp. 2427 - 2450, http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/cp-17-2427-2021
    Journal articles | 2021
    Pontes G; Taschetto A; Gupta AS; Santoso A; Wainer I; Haywood A; Chan W-L; Abe-Ouchi A; Stepanek C; Lohmann G; Hunter S; Tindall J; Chandler M; Sohl L; Peltier D; Chandan D; Kamae Y; Nisancioglu K; Zhang Z; Contoux C; Tan N; Zhang Q; Otto-Bliesner B; Brady E; Feng R; Heydt AVD; Baatsen M; Oldemann A, 2021, 'Northward ITCZ shift drives reduced ENSO activity in the Mid-Pliocene Warm Period', , http://dx.doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-402220/v1
    Journal articles | 2021
    Sen Gupta A; Stellema A; Pontes GM; Taschetto AS; Vergés A; Rossi V, 2021, 'Future changes to the upper ocean Western Boundary Currents across two generations of climate models', Scientific Reports, 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-88934-w
    Journal articles | 2020
    Pontes GM; Wainer I; Prado L; Brierley C, 2020, 'Reduced Atlantic variability in the mid-Pliocene', Climatic Change, 160, pp. 445 - 461, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10584-020-02675-9
    Journal articles | 2020
    Pontes GM; Wainer I; Taschetto AS; Sen Gupta A; Abe-Ouchi A; Brady EC; Chan WL; Chandan D; Contoux C; Feng R; Hunter SJ; Kame Y; Lohmann G; Otto-Bliesner BL; Peltier WR; Stepanek C; Tindall J; Tan N; Zhang Q; Zhang Z, 2020, 'Drier tropical and subtropical Southern Hemisphere in the mid-Pliocene Warm Period', Scientific Reports, 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-68884-5
    Journal articles | 2016
    Pontes GM; Sen Gupta A; Taschetto AS, 2016, 'Projected changes to South Atlantic boundary currents and confluence region in the CMIP5 models: The role of wind and deep ocean changes', Environmental Research Letters, 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/11/9/094013
    Journal articles |
    Pontes GM, 'Ocean-Atmosphere interactions in the mid-Pliocene global warming: Lessons for the 21st century climate', , http://dx.doi.org/10.11606/t.21.2022.tde-26092022-150931
  • Preprints | 2022
    Pontes G; Dias PS; Menviel L, 2022, Paleoclimate constrains future El Niño/Southern Oscillation increase, , http://dx.doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-2062789/v1
    Preprints | 2021
    Oldeman AM; Baatsen MLJ; von der Heydt AS; Dijkstra HA; Tindall JC; Abe-Ouchi A; Booth AR; Brady EC; Chan W-L; Chandan D; Chandler MA; Contoux C; Feng R; Guo C; Haywood AM; Hunter SJ; Kamae Y; Li Q; Li X; Lohmann G; Lunt DJ; Nisancioglu KH; Otto-Bliesner BL; Peltier WR; Pontes GM; Ramstein G; Sohl LE; Stepanek C; Tan N; Zhang Q; Zhang Z; Wainer I; Williams CJR, 2021, Reduced El Niño variability in the mid-Pliocene according to the PlioMIP2 ensemble, , http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/cp-2021-58

Fellowships and Scholarships

  • 2022, Australian Centre for Excellence in Antarctic Sciences Post-doctoral Fellowship
  • 2022, Post-doctoral Fellowship from the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP-Brazil)
  • 2016 - 2021, PhD Scholarships from the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP-Brazil)