|From||"Orr, Andrew M.W." <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|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: http://www.antarctica.ac.uk/bas_research/studentships/ess_orr_willis_melting_himalayas.pdf Project enquiries (Andrew Orr): Email: email@example.com; 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: http://www.antarctica.ac.uk/bas_research/studentships/gw4+_orr_payne_modelling_the_flow.pdf Project enquiries (Tony Payne): Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Contact number: +44 (0) 117 331 4156 This message (and any attachments) is for the recipient only. NERC is subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the contents of this email and any reply you make may be disclosed by NERC unless it is exempt from release under the Act. Any material supplied to NERC may be stored in an electronic records management system.
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