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[Met-jobs] Two climate/cryospheric modelling PhD positions on offer for 2015

From "Orr, Andrew M.W." <>
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Date Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:36:47 +0000

Two PhD positions involving a combination of climate and cryosphere modelling 
are on offer for 2015.  These are based at the British Antarctic 
Survey/Cambridge University and Bristol University/British Antarctic Survey.

1) Title: Melting Himalayas: Using a regional climate model to simulate the 
effect of future climate change on the 'Water Tower of Asia'

Supervisor: Dr Andrew Orr (British Antarctic Survey); Co-supervisor: Dr Ian 
Willis (University of Cambridge)

Summary: The widespread deglaciation of the Himalayan region over recent 
decades is a major environmental problem facing Asia.  The Himalayan glaciers 
are a vital freshwater reserve, feeding many major river systems which provide 
water for over 1 billion people in Asia. If the current rate of deglaciation 
were to continue, it is anticipated that up to three quarters of Himalayas 
glaciers could disappear by 2050, which would have serious implications for 
water resources. The project aims to assess future changes to the climate of 
the Himalayan region over this coming century, and to understand how this will 
affect the region’s vast reserves of ice and snow.  Likely climate scenarios 
will be investigated using the results of a very high resolution regional 
climate model.  The glacier response to this climate forcing will be simulated 
using a physically based model for ice melt.

More details:

Project enquiries (Andrew Orr): Email:; Contact number: +44 (0) 
1223 221256

2) Title: Modelling the flow and mass budget of the Patagonian ice fields

Supervisor: Prof. Tony Payne (University of Bristol); Co-supervisor: Dr Andrew 
Orr (British Antarctic Survey)

Summary: The Patagonian ice field (PIF) is the largest ice mass in the Southern 
Hemisphere outside of Antarctica. Observations suggest that virtually all of 
its glaciers have been thinning during the last few decades.  This mass loss is 
important because of its contribution to global sea level.  The proposed 
project combines expertise in ice-flow modelling (University of Bristol), 
regional climate modelling (British Antarctic Survey), and satellite 
observation and geophysical data analysis (University of Exeter), and will 
develop a numerical model of the PIF's flow and mass budget, which will be used 
to understand contemporary change within the ice mass. The model could also be 
used to make projections of future PIF change, although this is likely to 
beyond the scope of a PhD project.

More details:

Project enquiries (Tony Payne): Email:; Contact number: 
+44 (0) 117 331 4156

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