|From||"King, John C." <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date||Mon, 7 Feb 2011 11:36:27 +0000|
NERC PhD studentship at the British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge INVESTIGATING THE ROLE OF OROGRAPHIC PROCESSES IN CONTROLLING THE CLIMATE OF SOUTH GEORGIA Supervisors: Dr John King (BAS, Cambridge) Prof. Ian Renfrew (School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia) Funding is already secured for this studentship. For more information, see http://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/available/postgrad/awards/, and for eligibility see http://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/available/postgrad/eligibility.asp. Situated in the South Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean, the mountainous island of South Georgia exerts a profound influence on the regional atmospheric circulation. Limited meteorological data, and observations of glacial retreat on the island indicate that interaction of the prevailing westerly winds with the island's high mountains is important in shaping both the mean climate of the island and the way in which it responds to large-scale climate change. The influence of the island's mountains on the regional atmospheric circulation is also potentially an important control on regional ocean circulation, which needs to be quantified in order to understand how climate variability impacts on the region's highly productive marine ecosystem. The student will use high-resolution atmospheric models and climate data to investigate the processes that control regional atmospheric circulation around South Georgia. Case studies will be conducted using the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model at very high (~ 1 km) resolution to study phenomena such as orographic gravity wave generation and the development of downslope windstorms. The understanding gained from these studies will be put into a longer-term context by analysing regional climate data. The outcome of the project will be an assessment of the importance of orographic processes in controlling recent and future climate change around South Georgia. This NERC PhD studentship will be based at the British Antarctic Survey, where the student will be working within a group of climate scientists who are using climate models and data to study the processes that drive variability and change in the polar regions. The student will be registered as an external PhD candidate at the University of East Anglia. Currently no fieldwork associated with this project is planned. Applicants should hold (or expect to gain) a first- or upper-second class honours degree in the physical or environmental sciences. As the use of sophisticated numerical models is central to the project, candidates should be highly numerate and must be able to demonstrate evidence of good computing/IT skills. Please note that only UK citizens are eligible to apply for a NERC PhD award. For further details about the British Antarctic Survey please see: http://www.antarctica.ac.uk Applicants should provide a cover letter, a CV and the e-mails of two referees. Closing date for applications: 4th March 2011 Applications and enquiries should be addressed to: Dr John King British Antarctic Survey High Cross, Madingley Road Cambridge, CB3 0ET, UK Email: email@example.com -- This message (and any attachments) is for the recipient only NERC is subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the contents of this email and any reply you make may be disclosed by NERC unless it is exempt from release under the Act. Any material supplied to NERC may be stored in an electronic records management system.
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