|From||"Roger Brugge" <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|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 reduction. Please direct informal queries to Dr Norman Cheung email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> about the above two projects: <http://sec.kingston.ac.uk/research/research-degrees/current-research-opportunities/funded/> Deadline: 1700hours, 31st July 2013 How to apply: You can apply online <http://sec.kingston.ac.uk/research/research-degrees/how-to-apply/> for admission to the university. Thanks. Regards, 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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