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[Met-jobs] Research Fellow - climate modelling (University of Leeds)

From Julia Tindall <>
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Date Tue, 21 Jan 2014 12:54:23 +0000

Amazon Hydrological Cycle: Past, Present, Future

As an enthusiastic Climate Modeller, you will be working on a project aiming to 
improve our understanding of the past and current variability of the 
hydrological cycle of the Amazon basin. The Amazon basin is a major centre for 
atmospheric convection, and thus changes in the hydrology of the basin as a 
result of climate change, or changes in vegetation cover, may influence climate 
globally. Existing records of the Amazon hydrological cycle (river discharge 
and precipitation) reveal that the Amazon is experiencing a substantial 
intensification. In this project we aim to better understand this recent trend 
by collecting new tree ring and water isotope data from the Amazon basin. We 
will analyse these and already existing records using an isotope enabled 
coupled climate land vegetation model as well as a back-trajectory based 
approach, developed by members of our team.

A main goal of the project is to understand an existing d18O tree ring record 
from Bolivia spanning the last 100 years, as well as new records to be obtained 
based on the same methodology at several other sites along the main air path 
over the Amazon. Besides tree ring records we will also collect precipitation 
d18O samples at three places as well as riverine d18O. Additional records 
include those from ice-cores. One of our aims is to increase our understanding 
of recent trends in the Amazon hydrological cycle revealed by river and 
precipitation records. We also aim to disentangle the role played by 
recirculation of water to the atmosphere by land vegetation, as opposed to 
water precipitated from incoming moist air.

You will have good mathematical skills and be familiar with running large 
geophysical fluid dynamics codes. Ideally, you will have familiarity with 
running climate models. You will be interested in a systems and big picture 
view of the coupled land vegetation climate system. Additionally, you will have 
a PhD in the field of environmental sciences, geophysical fluid dynamics or 
similar and a background in quantitative sciences.

Fixed term for 36 months.
University Grade 7 (£30,728 - £36,661 p.a.)
Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Emanuel Gloor, tel +44 (0)113 343 
3305, email
Closing Date: 3 February 2014

More details can be found at:,8287783621&key=8582180&c=788799484159&pagestamp=sealokvlewvkrohvli

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