Professor Grant Bigg

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Refereed research articles in journals

  • Bigg, G.R., Wise, S.M., Hanna, E., Mansell, D., Bryant, R.G. and Howard, A. (2012, in press). Synoptic climatology of cold air drainage in the Derwent Valley, Peak District. Meteorological Applications.
  • Green, C.J., Bigg, G.R. and Green, J.A.M. (2010, in press). Deep draft icebergs from the Barents Ice Sheet during MIS 6 are consistent with erosional evidence from Lomonosov Ridge, central Arctic. Geophysical Research Letters.
  • Bigg, G.R., Levine, R.C. and Green, C.L. (2010, in press). Modelling abrupt glacial North Atlantic freshening: rates of change and their implications for Heinrich events. Global and Planetary Change.
  • Ikema, T., Bigg, G.R. and Bryant, R.G. (2010, in press). Increasing rain intensity over Okinawa 1982-2005 and the link to changes in characteristics of northwest Pacific typhoons. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres.
  • Rogerson, M., Colmenero-Hidalgo, E., Levine, R.C., Rohling, E.J., Völker, A.H.L., Bigg, G.R., Schönfeld, J., Cacho, I., Sierro, F.J., Löwemark, L., Reguera, M.I., de Abreu, L. and Garrick, K. (2010). Enhanced Mediterranean-Atlantic exchange during Atlantic freshening phases. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 11, Q08013.
  • Kirbyshire, A.L. and Bigg, G.R. (2010). Is the onset of the English summer advancing? Climatic Change, 100(3-4), 419-431.
  • Bigg, G.R., Levine, R.C., Clark, C.D., Greenwood, S.L., Haflidason, H., Hughes, A.L.C., Nygård, A., and Sejrup, H.P. (2010). Last Glacial ice-rafted debris off south-western Europe: the role of the British-Irish Ice Sheet. Journal of Quaternary Science, 25(5), 689-699.
  • Green, J.A.M., Green, C.L., Bigg, G.R., Uehara, K. and Rippeth, T.P. (2009). Tidal mixing and the Meridional Overturning Circulation from the Last Glacial Maximum. Geophysical Research Letters, 36, L1560.
  • Neill, S.P., Scourse, J.D., Bigg, G.R., and Uehara, K. (2009). Changes in wave climate over the northwest European shelf seas during the last 12,000 years. Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans, 114, C06015.
  • Bigg, G.R., Cunningham, C.W., Ottersen, G., Pogson, G., Wadley, M.R. and Williamson, P. (2008). Ice age survival of Atlantic cod: agreement between palaeo-ecology models and genetics. Proceedings of The Royal Society B, 275(1631), 163-172.
  • Condron, A., Bigg, G.R. and Renfrew, I.A. (2008). Modeling the impact of polar mesocyclones on ocean circulation. Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans, 113, C10005.
  • Levine, R.C. and Bigg, G.R. (2008). The sensitivity of the glacial ocean to Heinrich events from different sources, as modeled by a coupled atmosphere-iceberg-ocean model. Paleoceanography, 23, PA4213.
  • Bigg, G.R., Clark, C.D. and Hughes, A.L.C. (2008). A last glacial ice sheet on the Pacific Russian coast and catastrophic change arising from coupled ice–volcanic interaction. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 265(3-4), 559-570.
  • Itiveh, K.O. and Bigg, G.R. (2008). The variation of discharge entering the Niger Delta system, 1951-2000, and estimates of change under global warming. International Journal of Climatology, 28(5), 659-666.
  • Bigg, G.R. and Wadley, M.R. (2007). Simulation of "great salinity anomalies" in coupled climate models. Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans, 112, C03017.
  • Watkins, S.J., Maher, B.A., Bigg, G.R. (2007). Ocean circulation at the Last Glacial Maximum: A combined modeling and magnetic proxy-based study. Paleoceanography, 22, PA2204.
  • Jones, E.J.W., Bigg, G.R., Handoh, I.C and Spathopoulos, F. (2007). Distribution of deep-sea black shales of Cretaceous age in the eastern Equatorial Atlantic: evidence from seismic profiling. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 248(1-2), 233-246.
  • Bryant, R.G., Bigg, G.R., Mahowald, N.M., Eckhardt, F.D., and Ross, S.G., (2007). Dust emission response to climate in southern Africa. Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres, 112, D09207.
  • Nygård, A., Sejrup, H.P., Haflidason, H., Lekens, W.A.H., Clark, C.D. and Bigg, G.R. (2007). Extreme sediment and ice delivery from marine Ice streams; new evidence from the northern North Sea. Geology, 35(5), 395-398.
  • Georgiadis, A. and Bigg, G.R. (2007). Environmental links to reduced cyclogenesis over the south-east Caribbean. International Journal of Climatology, 27(8), 989-1001.
  • Silva, T.A.M., Bigg, G.R. and Nicholls, K.W. (2006). The contribution of giant icebergs to the Southern Ocean freshwater flux. Journal of Geophysical Research, 111, C3, C03004.
    doi: 10.1029/2004JC002843
  • Death, R., Siegert, M. J., Bigg, G.R. and Wadley, M.R. (2006). Modelling iceberg trajectories, sedimentation rates and meltwater input to the ocean from the Eurasian Ice Sheet at the Last Glacial Maximum. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 236(1-2), 135-150.
  • Wadley, M.R. and Bigg, G.R. (2006). Are "Great Salinity Anomalies" advective? Journal of Climate, 19(7), 1080-1088.
  • Condron, A.E., Bigg, G.R. and Renfrew, I.A. (2006). Polar mesoscale cyclones in the Northeast Atlantic: comparing climatologies from satellite imagery and ECMWF reanalysis. Monthly Weather Review, 134(5), 1518-1533.
  • Handoh, I.C., Matthews, A.J., Bigg, G.R., and Stevens, D.P. (2006). Interannual variability of the tropical Atlantic independent of and associated with ENSO: Part 1, The North Tropical Atlantic. International Journal of Climatology, 26(14), 1937-1956.
  • Handoh, I.C., Matthews, A.J., Bigg, G.R., and Stevens, D.P. (2006). Interannual variability of the tropical Atlantic independent of and associated with ENSO: Part 2, The South Tropical Atlantic. International Journal of Climatology, 26(14), 1957-1976.
  • Silva, T.A.M., and Bigg, G.R. (2005). Computer-based identification and tracking of Antarctic icebergs in SAR images. Remote Sensing of Environment, 94(3) 287-297.
  • Itiveh, K.O., and Bigg, G.R. (2005). Inter-annual cross-sectional variation in the Niger Delta River System using satellite data. Global Journal of Geological Sciences, 3(1), 85-98.
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  • Bigg, G.R. (2005). A downdraught vortex. Weather, 60(6), 167-169.
  • Bigg, G.R., Dye, S.R., and Wadley, M.R. (2005). Interannual variability in the 1990s in the northern Atlantic and Nordic Seas. Journal of Atmospheric and Ocean Science, 10(2), 123-143.
  • Kahana, R., Bigg, G.R. and Wadley, M.R. (2004). Global ocean circulation modes derived from a multiple box model. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 34(8), 1811-1823.
  • Clark, C.D., Sejrup, H.P., Bigg, G.R., Stoker, M., Lonergan, L., Raunholm, S., Haflidison, H. (2004). Did the Punctuated demise of glacial ice in the North Sea affect the thermohaline circulation? Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union, 85(31), 293.
  • Wadley, M.R. and Bigg, G.R. (2004). "Great Salinity Anomalies" in a coupled climate model. Geophysical Research Letters, 31, L18302
  • Bigg, G.R. and Webber, D.F. (2003). The impact of coastline change and urban development on the flushing time of a coastal embayment, Kingston Harbour, Jamaica. Bulletin of Marine Science, 73(2), 291-305.
  • Bigg, G.R., Jickells, T.D., Liss, P.S. and Osborn, T. (2003). Current developments in the interaction between the ocean and climate. International Journal of Climatology, 23(10), 1127-1159.
  • Handoh, I.C., Bigg, G.R. and Jones, E.J.W. (2003). Evolution of upwelling in the Atlantic basin, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 202(1-2), 31-58. doi:10.1016/S0031-0182(03)00571-6
  • Trigo, I.F., Bigg, G.R. and Davies, T.D. (2002). Climatology of cyclogenesis mechanisms in the Mediterranean. Monthly Weather Review, 130(3), 549-569.
  • Wadley, M.R., Bigg, G.R., Rohling, E.J. and Payne, A.J. (2002). On modelling present day and last glacial maximum oceanic δ18O. Global and Planetary Change, 32(2-3), 89-109.
  • Inoue, M., Handoh, I.C. and Bigg, G.R. (2002). Bimodal Distribution of tropical Cyclogenesis in the Caribbean: Characteristics and Environmental factors, Journal of Climate, 15(20), 2897-2905.
  • Gladstone, R. and Bigg, G.R. (2002). Satellite tracking of icebergs in the Weddell Sea, Antarctic Science, 14(3), 278-287.
  • Wadley, M.R. and Bigg, G.R. (2002). Impact of flow through the Canadian Archipelago on the North Atlantic and Arctic thermohaline circulation: an ocean modelling study. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 128(585), 2187-2203.
  • Watts, M.C. and Bigg, G.R. (2001). Modelling the nitrogen cycle and DMS production in Lagrangian experiments in the North Atlantic. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 48(4-5), 1019-1042.
  • Bigg, G.R., and Wadley, M.R. (2001). Millennial changes in the oceans: an ocean modeller's viewpoint. Journal of Quaternary Science, 16(4), 309-319.
  • Bigg, G.R. (2001). The oceans and their interaction with the atmosphere. Weather, 56(9), 296-304.
  • Bigg, G.R., and Wadley, M.R. (2001). The origin and flux of icebergs into the Last Glacial Maximum Northern Hemisphere Oceans, Journal of Quaternary Science, 16(6), 565-573.
  • Watts, M.C. and Bigg, G.R. (2001). Modelling and the monitoring of mesocosm experiments: two case studies. Journal of Plankton Research, 23(10), 1081-1093.
  • Gladstone, R., Bigg, G.R., and Nicholls, K. (2001). Icebergs and fresh water fluxes in the Southern Ocean, Journal of Geophysical Research, 106(C9), 19903-19916.
  • Handoh, I.C., Bigg, G.R., and Inoue, M. (2001). Use of a reduced-gravity model to evaluate present and past primary productivity in the tropical open ocean, Limnology and Oceanography, 46(7), 1632-1641.
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  • Bigg, G.R. and E. J. Rohling (2000). An oxygen isotope dataset for marine waters. Journal of Geophysical Research, 105(C4), 8527-8536.
  • Bigg, G.R., Wadley, M.R., Stevens, D.P. and Johnson, J.A. (2000). Glacial circulation states of the northern Atlantic: the compatibility of modelling and observations. Journal of the Geological Society, 157(3), 655-665.
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  • Handoh, I.C. and Bigg, G.R., (2000). A self-sustaining climate mode in the tropical Atlantic, 1995-1997: observations and modelling, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 126(564), 807-821.
  • Wadley, M.R. and Bigg, G.R. (2000). Implementation of variable time stepping in an ocean general circulation model. Ocean Modelling, 1(2-4), 71-80.
  • Thorpe, R.B., and Bigg, G.R., (2000). Modelling the sensitivity of Mediterranean Outflow to anthropogenically-forced climate change. Climate Dynamics, 16(5), 355-368.
  • Trigo, I.F., Davies, T.D. and Bigg, G.R. (2000). Decline in Mediterranean rainfall caused by weakening of Mediterranean cyclones in response to northwards migration of Atlantic storm-tracks. Geophysical Research Letters, 27(18), 2913-2916.
  • Andrews J.E., Greenaway, A.M., Bigg, G.R., Webber, D.F., Dennis, P.F. and Guthrie, G.A. (1999). Pollution history of a tropical estuary revealed by combined hydrodynamic modelling and sediment geochemistry. Journal of Marine Systems, 18(4), 333-343.
  • Handoh, I., Bigg, G.R., Jones, E.J.W. and Inoue, M. (1999). An ocean modeling study of the Cenomanian Atlantic: equatorial paleo-upwelling, organic-rich sediments and the consequences for a connection between the proto-North and South Atlantic. Geophysical Research Letters, 26(2), 223-226.
  • Trigo, I.F., Davies, T.D. and Bigg, G.R. (1999). Objective climatology of cyclones in the Mediterranean region. Journal of Climate, 12(6), 1685-1696.
  • Bigg, G.R. (1999). An estimate of the flux of iceberg calving from Greenland, Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, 31(2), 174-178.
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  • Harold, J.M., Bigg, G.R. and Turner, J. (1999). Mesocyclone activity over the Northeast Atlantic Ocean. Part 1: vortex distribution and variability. International Journal of Climatology, 19(11), 1187-1204.
  • Harold, J.M., Bigg, G.R. and Turner, J. (1999). Mesocyclone activity over the Northeast Atlantic Ocean. Part 2: an investigation of causal mechanisms. International Journal of Climatology, 19(12), 1283-1299.
  • Young, E.F., Bigg, G.R., Grant, A., Walker, P. and Brown, J. (1998). A modelling study of environmental influences on bivalve recruitment in The Wash, England. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 172, 197-214.
  • Bigg, G.R., Wadley, M.R., Stevens, D.P. and Johnson, J.A. (1998). Simulations of two last glacial maximum ocean states. Paleoceanography, 13(4), 340-351.
  • Rohling, E.J. and Bigg, G.R. (1998). Paleo-salinity and δ18O: a critical assessment. Journal of Geophysical Research, 103(C1), 307-1318.
  • Bigg, G.R., Wadley, M.R., Stevens, D.P. and Johnson, J.A. (1997). Modelling the dynamics and thermodynamics of icebergs, Cold Regions Science and Technology, 26(2), 113-135.
  • Bigg, G.R. (1997). Light in the atmosphere: Part 2 - The effects of water and ice. Weather, 52(8), 258-261.
  • Bigg, G.R. (1997). Light in the atmosphere: Part 1- Why the sky is blue. Weather, 52(3), 72-77.
  • Bigg, G.R., Wadley, M.R., Stevens, D.P. and Johnson, J.A. (1996). Prediction of iceberg trajectories for the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, Geophysical Research Letters, 23: 3587-3590.
  • Young, E.F., Bigg, G.R. and Grant, A. (1996). A statistical study of environmental influences on bivalve recruitment in The Wash, England. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 143, 121-129.
  • Wadley, M.R., Bigg, G.R., Stevens, D.P. and Johnson, J.A. (1996). Sensitivity of the North Atlantic to surface forcing in an ocean general circulation model. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 26(7), 1129-1141.
  • Heywood, K.J., Stevens, D.P. and Bigg, G.R. (1996). Eddy formation behind the tropical island of Aldabra. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 43(4), 555-578.
  • Reddaway, J.M. and Bigg, G.R. (1996). Marine climatic change over the Mediterranean and links to the more general atmospheric circulation. International Journal of Climatology, 16(6), 651-661.
  • Wadley, M.R. and Bigg, G.R. (1996). The stability of passively nested ocean general circulation models. Geophysical & Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics, 82(3&4), 207-219.
  • Wadley, M.R. and Bigg, G.R. (1996). Abyssal channel flow in ocean general circulation models with application to the Vema Channel. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 26(1), 38-48.
  • Grose, T.J., Johnson, J.A. and Bigg, G.R. (1995). A comparison between the FRAM (Fine Resolution Antarctic Model) results and observations in the Drake Passage. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 42(3), 365-388.
  • Bigg, G.R. (1995). Aridity of the Mediterranean Sea at the last glacial maximum: a reinterpretation of the deep sea δ18O record. Paleoceanography, 10(2), 283-290.
  • Bigg, G.R. (1995). The El Niño event of 1991-94. Weather, 50(4), 117-124.
  • Inoue, M. and Bigg, G.R., (1995). Trends in wind and sea-level pressure in the tropical Pacific Ocean for the period 1950-1979. International Journal of Climatology, 15(1), 35-52.
  • Wadley, M.R. and Bigg, G.R. (1994). Interbasin exchange of deep water in ocean general circulation models. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 24(10), 2209-2214.
  • Bigg, G.R. (1994). An ocean general circulation model view of the glacial Mediterranean thermohaline circulation. Paleoceanography, 9 (5), 705-722.
  • Grose, T.J., Bigg, G.R. and Johnson, J.A. (1994). The Bernoulli inverse method: theory and practice. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 41(5-6), 767-785.
  • Young, E.F., Bigg, G.R. and Green, J.S.A (1993). Prediction of pollution transport in Kingston Harbour using analytical and numerical models. Jamaica Journal of Science and Technology, 4, 16-26.
  • Bigg, G.R. (1993). After Rio: The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Weather, 48(11), 381-384.
  • Bigg, G.R. and Jiang, D. (1993). Modelling the late Quaternary Indian Ocean circulation. Paleoceanography, 8(1), 23-46.
  • Bigg, G.R. (1993). Comparison of coastal wind and pressure trends over the tropical atlantic: 1946-1987. International Journal of Climatology, 13(4), 411-421.
  • Bigg, G.R. (1992). Validation of trends in the surface wind field over the Mozambique Channel. International Journal of Climatology, 12(8), 829-838.
  • Bigg, G.R., Jiang, D. and Mitchell, J.F.B. (1992). A general circulation model of the Indian Ocean 9000 years BP. Paleoceanography, 7(1), 119-135.
  • Bigg, G.R. and Inoue, M. (1992). Rossby waves and El Niño during 1935-46. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 118(503), 125-152.
  • Bigg, G.R. (1991). Kriging and intraregional rainfall variability in England. International Journal of Climatology, 11(6), 663 675.
  • The FRAM Group (1991). An eddy-resolving model of the Southern Ocean. Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union, 72(15), 169, 174 175.
  • Bigg, G.R., Jiang, D. and Mitchell, J.F.B. (1991). A quantitative assessment of the Arabian Sea sediment record using GCM simulated upwelling. Quaternary Research, 35(3), 464-468.
  • Bigg, G.R. (1990). Inversions of observations near the Azores Front. Journal of Marine Research, 48(4), 661-675.
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  • Bigg, G.R. (1990). El Niño and the Southern Oscillation. Weather, 45(1), 2-8.
  • Bigg, G.R., Jickells, T.D., Knap, A.H., Sherriff Dow, R. (1989). The significance of short-term wind induced mixing events for new primary production in sub-tropical gyres, Oceanologica Acta, 12, 437 442.
  • Bigg, G.R. and Blundell, J.R. (1989). The equatorial Pacific Ocean prior to and during El Niño of 1982/83 - a normal mode model view. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 115(498), 1039-1069.
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  • Cooper, N.S., Bigg, G.R. and Whysall, K.D.B. (1989). Recent decadal climate variations in the tropical Pacific. International Journal of Climatology, 9(3), 221-242.
  • Killworth, P.D. and Bigg, G.R. (1988). An intercomparison of inverse methods using an eddy resolving general circulation model. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 18(7), 987-1008.
  • Bigg, G.R. (1988). Micrometeorology of a moorland lake. Weather, 43, 222-227.
  • Bigg, G.R. and Killworth, P.D. (1988). Conservative tracers and the ocean circulation. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series A, 325, number 1583, 177-187.
  • Whysall, K.D.B., Cooper, N.S. and Bigg, G.R. (1987). Long-term changes in the tropical Pacific surface wind field, Nature, 327, 216-219.
  • Bigg, G.R. (1986). Sensitivity studies of a simple inverse method applied to the Cox and Bryan model. Journal of Geophysical Research, 91(C8), 9639-9654.
  • Bigg, G.R. and Gill, A.E. (1986). The annual cycle in sea level of the eastern equatorial Pacific. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 16(6), 1055-1061.
  • Bigg, G.R. (1985). The beta spiral method. Deep Sea Research Part A - Oceanographic Research Papers, 32(4), 465-484.
  • Bigg, G.R. (1984). A note on the temporal evolution of Taylor columns over topography. Dynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans, 8(1), 87-94.
  • Bigg, G.R. (1984). Scattering and the parabolic approximation for slender bodies. SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, 44(3), 568-586.
  • Bigg, G.R. (1982). The three-dimensional cavity resonator. Journal of Sound and Vibration, 85(1), 85-104.
  • Bigg, G.R. (1982). Semi-infinite line sources and locally axisymmetric surfaces. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 13(4), 463-465.
  • Bigg, G.R. and Tuck, E.O (1982). Two dimensional resonators with small openings. Journal of the Australian Mathematical Society, Series B, 24, 2-27.


  • Bigg, G.R. (2003). The Oceans and Climate, 2nd edition. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9780521016346.
  • Bigg, G.R. (1996). The Oceans and Climate. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9780521582681

Chapters in books

  • Bigg, G.R. (2005). Atmosphere-Ocean Interaction. In: Oliver, J.E. (ed.) Encyclopedia of World Climatology. Springer, Berlin. 540-546.
  • Bigg, G.R. (2000). Historical and potential long-term climatic change in the North Atlantic. In: Mills, D.H. (ed.) The Ocean Life of Salmon. Blackwells, Oxford. 137-152.
  • Bigg, G.R. (2000). The oceans and climate. In: Hester, R.E. and Harrison, R.M. (eds.) Chemistry in the Marine Environment. Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge. 13-32.