|From||"Czerski H." <H.Czerski@soton.ac.uk>|
|Date||Fri, 8 Mar 2013 10:51:04 +0000|
We have two fully-funded PhD studentships on offer, both in air-sea interaction. If you have any questions, please contact Helen Czerski (firstname.lastname@example.org) 1. ISVR-FDAG-100: Modelling bubbles beneath breaking waves and their impact on climate 2. ISVR-FDAG-104 A Systems Approach to Atmosphere/Ocean Interaction. ============================================= ISVR-FDAG-100: Modelling bubbles beneath breaking waves and their impact on climate Do you fancy a PhD that involves computer science, oceans, bubbles and a bit of climate science? We're looking for a PhD student to develop a computer model which describes the effect of ocean bubbles on the exchange of gas and particles between the atmosphere and the ocean. The bubbles formed by breaking waves have an important influence on oceanic and atmospheric chemistry, and an understanding of these exchanges is necessary to build robust climate models. We have an existing model that predicts the fluxes of several different gases from a bubble plume, but we would like develop this further in order to compare the results with our most recent ocean data. The project outcome will be be directly useful to climate models such as the Met Office's Hadley model, and the project student will get experience in dealing with complex data and computer simulations. The ideal candidate would have a background in physics or computer science, and an interest in the ocean (although previous experience in this area is not necessary). The student will be joining a team with a mixture of theoretical, laboratory and ocean-measurement expertise, and this is a great opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary environment with an important practical application. The formal project application can be found here: http://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=40244 The project will be supervised by Dr Helen Czerski, Professor Tim Leighton and Professor Paul White at the Institute for Sound and Vibration Research, and the salary will be £13,590 per year for 3.5 years. For more information, please contact Helen (email@example.com). ============================================ ISVR-FDAG-104 A Systems Approach to Atmosphere/Ocean Interaction. This project will combine oceanography with a complex systems science approach to develop novel ways of understanding the boundary between the atmosphere and the ocean. This boundary is a crucial part of our climate and weather system, e.g. 25% of all the extra CO2 that humans contribute to the atmosphere is transferred to the ocean, and the tiny aerosol particles produced by the ocean are important for cloud formation. Gases and particles are constantly exchanged between the atmosphere and the ocean, and these exchanges depend on many interacting factors (for example, wind speed, water temperature and biological activity). To improve on current weather and climate models, it’s necessary to be able to predict these interactions in different oceanic conditions. However, current progress is very slow, partly because of the difficulty of measurement and partly because we lack a detailed systems approach to our data analysis. In November 2013, we will go to sea for six weeks to make the most comprehensive set of measurements yet of gas and particle fluxes and the conditions that may affect them. We are developing separately our understanding of the system components (mechanisms of bubble and aerosol production, for example), and now we have a fantastic opportunity to build novel tools to understand the system. The aim of this project is to take a systems approach to this problem, making use of the available data, and to consider the problem from a relatively unusual point of view. The successful applicant will have a strong maths or physics background, and an interest in complex systems science. This project will make an important contribution to climate and weather science. It also provides the opportunity to develop a multidisciplinary set of skills, and a strong foundation for continuing a career in this field in the future. This project is being offered as a potential project area for the complex systems simulation doctoral training centre at the University of Southampton, please see: http://www.icss.soton.ac.uk/ for more details on the doctoral programme and the full application process If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Helen Czerski, ISVR, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 3082 Please find the findaphd.com advertisement here: http://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=44214 ___________________________________________ [cid:email@example.com] To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ISVR we are holding a two day symposium: The ISVR at 50: Making a World of Difference
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