July 2013
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[Met-jobs] Funded PhD Positions at Kingston University, London (UK)

From "Roger Brugge" <>
To "" <>
Date Wed, 24 Jul 2013 14:33:58 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

Call for PhD students:

We are pleased to invite applications for funded full-time PhD
studentships, starting in October 2013, at Kingston University London:

Thunderstorm and Flash Flood Hazards in the UK

Thunderstorms and extreme rainfall cause tornadoes, hail, flash flood
and landslides in the UK recently (summers of 2007, 2009 and 2012).
Financial losses due to flooding (resulting in non-insurability of
property in flood prone areas) and loss of lives (caused by flash flood)
are major environmental hazard problems in the UK. Different physical
mechanisms, e.g. the southward displacement of jetstream, high North
Atlantic sea surface temperatures, melting of Arctic Sea ice, El Nino/La
Nina phenomena and the persistence of upper level trough, are proposed
to explain the occurrence and extremity of these storms. This study aims
to investigate the physical mechanisms for the occurrence of severe
storms in summer in the UK. The trend of thunderstorm frequency and
intensity will be detected by applying statistical models. Numerical
modelling will be used to study the atmospheric and oceanic conditions
conducive to formation and movement of mid-latitude cyclones
geographically in order to improve our predictability of extreme weather
and flash flooding.

Relationship between Asian Summer Monsoon and hydrological hazards
(flood and drought)

This study aims to investigate the climatological mechanisms for the
onset and break of the Asian summer monsoon. The numerical prediction of
the Asian summer monsoon will be improved and the statistical
relationship between the inter-annual and intra-seasonal variability of
monsoon activity and the frequency of flood and drought in south Asia or
Southeast Asia will be evaluated in order to enhance disaster risk

Please direct informal queries to Dr Norman Cheung <> about the
above two projects:

Deadline: 1700hours, 31st July 2013

How to apply: You can apply online
<> for
admission to the university.



Dr. Norman Cheung

DPhil (Oxon), MPhil, B.A.Hons (HKU)|FRMetS, FRGS

Senior Lecturer | Hazards and Disaster Management

School of Geography, Geology and the Environment

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