Kent Moore

2016-2017 Chair in Arctic Studies
Kent Moore


Professor Kent Moore has a Ph.D. in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics from Princeton University. He is currently a Professor of Physics at the University of Toronto. Professor Moore’s research interests include: theoretical geophysical fluid dynamics, mesoscale meteorology, polar meteorology, high latitude air-sea-ice interactions, physical oceanography, paleoclimatology and high altitude physiology. Professor Moore has published over 150 research papers in the high quality peer-reviewed literature. Among the journals that Professor Moore has published in include: ScienceNature, Nature Climate ChangeNature Communicationsthe New England Journal of Medicinethe Journal of Climatethe Journal of HydrometeorologyGeophysical Research Letters, Progress in Oceanography, Deep Sea Researchand the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society.

In addition, Professor Moore has played a leadership role in a number of national and international research collaborations including the Canadian Atlantic Storms Program, the Beaufort and Arctic Storms Experiment, the Canadian GEWEX (Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment) Program, the Labrador Sea Deep Ocean Convection Experiment, the Greenland Flow Distortion Experiment, the Storms of the Arctic Experiment and the Iceland-Greenland Sea Project. Professor Moore has also trained over 30 undergraduate students, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who have gone onto varied careers in private industry, government and academe.

Professor Moore has received funding from a variety of sources including the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of CanadaEnvironment CanadaFisheries and Oceans Canadathe Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric SciencesExternal Affairs Canadathe National Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research.

Professor Moore has also held senior academic positions at the University of Toronto including the Associate Dean (Sciences) in the Faculty of Arts and Science as well as the Chair of the Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences.

29 March 2017 – Seminar: “Atmospheric forcing of deep ocean convection in the subpolar North Atlantic: A tale of four seas,” Physical Oceanography Lunch Seminar

31 March 2017 – In-the-media: by Tania Kohut, “Here’s why thinning Arctic ice could mean trouble for the whole food chain,” Global News

October 2017 – A Giant, Mysterious Hole Has Opened Up in Antarctica, by Kate Lunau,

October 2017 – Hole the Size of Maine Opens in Antarctica Ice, by Heather Brady,


Kent Moore maintains an active research relationship with scientists at the Polar Science Center, Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington. See below for two peer-reviewed papers that were produced as part of this on-going collaboration:

Moore, G. W. K., Schweiger, A., Zhang, J., & Steele, M. (2018). Collapse of the 2017 Winter Beaufort High: A Response to Thinning Sea Ice? Geophysical Research Letters, 0(0). doi:doi:10.1002/2017GL076446

Moore, G. W. K., Schweiger, A., Zhang, J., & Steele, M. (2018). What Caused the Remarkable February 2018 North Greenland Polynya? Geophysical Research Letters, 45(24), 13,342-313,350. doi:doi:10.1029/2018GL080902