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[Met-jobs] Two PhD places on offer at the University of Southampton

From "Czerski H." <>
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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 

1.  ISVR-FDAG-100: Modelling bubbles beneath breaking waves and their impact on 

2.  ISVR-FDAG-104 A Systems Approach to Atmosphere/Ocean Interaction.


ISVR-FDAG-100: Modelling bubbles beneath breaking waves and their impact on 

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:

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 (


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 

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: 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:, Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 3082
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