Moore, Kent

Ph.D. | Professor | PhysicsAtmospheric Physics

Contact Information

905 828.5368
905 828.5425
Mailing Address: 
3359 Mississauga Road North
Postal Code: 
L5L 1C6
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Research Areas:

High latitude climate dynamics, Mountain meteorology, High altitude physiology

Research Profile:

Professor Moore uses theoretical, computational and observational techniques to improve our knowledge of the Moore Researchdynamics of the climate system so as to improve our ability to place currently observed changes to the climate in a long-term context. Professor Moore also applies these same techniques to the study of the meteorology of mountainous areas of the Earth as well as the impact that weather in these areas has on human physiology and performance. Professor Moore undertakes field work in the Arctic, Greenland and the Himalaya using automatic weather stations, instrumented research aircraft and ships in the course of his research. 

Currently, the focus of Professor Moore’s research is in understanding the impact that topographic obstacles such as Greenland and the Himalaya have on the climate in adjoining regions. This work has and will continue to improve our understanding of the changes that are occurring in these regions as the Earth warms.  In addition, Professor Moore is involved with an international collaboration that is seeking to understand the processes through which heat, moisture and momentum are exchanged between the high latitude ocean and atmosphere and the impact that a declining sea ice cover has on these exchanges.  This work has implications on the impact that climate change has on important ocean circulation systems such as the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation.

Courses Taught:

PHY241H5, PHY451H5, JCP421H5 (undergraduate), PHY2509H1 (graduate)



Moore, G.W.K. and J. L. Semple, “A Tale of Two Climbers: Hypothermia, Death, and Survival on Mount Everest, High Altitude Medicine and Biology, DOI: 10.1089/ham.2011.1061, (2012).

Moore, G.W.K., “Decadal variability and a recent amplification of the summer Beaufort Sea High”, Geophysical Research Letters, 39, DOI:10.1029/2012GL051570, (2012).

Moore, G.W.K., J.L. Semple, P. Cristofanelli, P. Bonasoni, P. Stocchi, “Environmental Conditions at the South Col of Mount Everest and their impact on hypoxia and hypothermia experienced by mountaineers”, Extreme Physiology and Medicine, 1, DOI:10.1186/2046-7648-1-2, (2012).

Moore, G.W.K., I.A. Renfrew and R.S. Pickart, “Mobility of the North Atlantic Oscillation since 1825”, Journal of Climate, 26, DOI:10.1175/JCLI-D-12-00023.1, (2013).

Oltmanns, M., Straneo, F. Moore, G.W.K., Mernild, S. H.  “Strong downslope wind events in Ammassalik, SE Greenland”, Journal of Climate, 27, DOI:10.1175/JCLI-D-13-00067.1, (2013).

Moore, G.W.K., R.S. Pickart, I.A. Renfrew, K. Vage, “What causes the location of the air-sea heat flux maximum over the Labrador Sea?”, Geophysical Research Letters, 41, DOI: 10.1002/2014GL059940, (2014).

Vage, K., G.W.K. Moore, S. Jonsson, H. Valdimarsson, “Water mass transformation in the Iceland Sea”, Deep Sea Research, DOI:10.1016/j.dsr.2015.04.001,(2015).

Moore, G.W.K., K. Vage, R.S. Pickart, I.A. Renfrew, “Decreasing intensity of open-ocean convection in the Greenland and Iceland seas”, Nature Climate Change, DOI: 10.1038/NCLIMATE2688, (2015).