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[Met-jobs] Advert: PhD in modelling human behaviour for Earth system models.

From "pip@ed.ac.uk" <pip@ed.ac.uk>
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Date Wed, 29 Feb 2012 22:36:02 +0000

Developing Novel Computational Methods to Describe and Predict Human Behaviour in Earth System Models

Supervisor: Paul Palmer, University of Edinburgh
Microsoft Research supervisor: Drew Purves

Summary: We describe a PhD project that will fundamentally improve understanding of how humans will respond to changing climate and associated environmental factors. We present two interrelated projects:

  1. We will develop a model of the relationship between the changing climate and conflict, including demographic transitions, and how it is affected by the outbreak and spread of disease
  2. We will develop a model of climate-related migration, borrowing ideas from behavioural ecology, to look at how racial tension and bounded rationality might affect how communities eventually migrate.

For both projects, an emphasis will be on these predictive models reproducing observed socio-economic metrics, largely provided by the United Nations, so that we develop confidence before we apply them to future climate scenarios.


Interested applicants should send a cover letter and CV to Paul Palmer (paul.palmer@ed.ac.uk).

http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/collaboration/global/apply-europe.aspx

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