Marie Cavitte works on understanding what processes control surface mass balance in Antarctica. As part of the BELSPO-funded Mass2Ant project (collaboration with the ULB, the RMI, the University of Colorado at Boulder and TU Delft), she investigates why reconstructed surface mass balance history varies between observations (ice cores) and climate models (regional and global).
She did her PhD at the University of Texas at Austin on East Antarctic glacial-interglacial ice sheet stability. For this, she used a combination of ice-penetrating radar, ice core data and 1D models. Her work fed into the geophysical characterization of the Dome C Oldest Ice drilling site, as part of the European Beyond-EPICA Oldest Ice European project.
She is also involved in a number of outreach activities: Printemps des Sciences (volunteer), APECS Belgium (board member), WeGoSTEM initiative (volunteer) and the EGU Cryoblog (co-chief editor).
Goosse, Hugues ; Dalaiden, Quentin ; Cavitte, Marie ; Zhang, Liping. Can we reconstruct the formation of large open-ocean polynyas in the Southern Ocean using ice core records?. In: Climate of the Past, Vol. 17, no.1, p. 111-131 (2021). doi:10.5194/cp-17-111-2021.
Dalaiden, Quentin ; Goosse, Hugues ; Lenaerts, Jan T. M. ; Cavitte, Marie ; Henderson, Naomi. Future Antarctic snow accumulation trend is dominated by atmospheric synoptic-scale events. In: Communications Earth & Environment, Vol. 1, no.1, p. 9 (2020). doi:10.1038/s43247-020-00062-x.
Cavitte, Marie ; Dalaiden, Quentin ; Goosse, Hugues ; Lenaerts, Jan ; Thomas, Elizabeth. Reconciling the surface temperature–surface mass balance relationship in models and ice cores in Antarctica over the last 2 centuries. In: The Cryosphere, Vol. 14, no.11, p. 4083-4102 (2020). doi:10.5194/tc-14-4083-2020.