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[Met-jobs] Funded PhD position (Antarctic focussed) at University of Canterbury, New Zealand

From Marwan Katurji <>
Date Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:59:44 +1200

PhD Project Title

Microclimates of glacial systems and melt water availability in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica.

Program: Environmental Science

Department: Centre for Atmospheric Research, Department of Geography, University of Canterbury (UC), New Zealand.

Centres affiliated with the PhD program: Gateway Antarctica; Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management

We are seeking a PhD student to work on the following detailed project. Applicants with academic and/or research background in micrometeorology are encouraged to apply.  The PhD project will include a large field measurement campaign in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica, so skills in the following will be considered an advantage:

1)    Micrometeorological observational data collection from eddy correlation systems and subsequent analysis of surface energy balance processes.

2)    Spatio-temporal analysis of raster datasets from infrared cameras.

The PhD student will be hosted at the Centre for Atmospheric Research at the Department of Geography, UC, Christchurch, New Zealand, and will benefit from direct interaction with the extended research group at Gateway Antarctica and Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management at UC.

Proposed start date: 1 September 2015

Proposed end date: 30 October 2018

PhD Project Description

The aim of this project is to understand microclimates of the Dry Valleys of Antarctica as part of linking to implications for bio-diversity in extreme environments. The proposed project will involve using near-target remote sensing techniques (such as thermography); in situ measurements of microclimate variables (surface energy balance systems), and microclimate modeling to quantify the relationship between glacial melt rates in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica and the summertime atmospheric boundary-layer environment.

Previous research has highlighted the importance of summertime wind regimes on melt water availability in the Dry Valleys for two extreme seasons. But the mechanism that links the microclimate to the thermal environment of glacial systems has not been identified yet. New techniques in the field of time sequential thermography (TST) will be developed and employed to assess temperature and melting profiles on glacial surfaces in relation to the microclimate that the glaciers are embedded within. A pilot study will be conducted in New Zealand prior to deployment in Antarctica with the objective of a larger scale (multi-valley) deployment strategy.

We are looking for a PhD candidate with very good theoretical understanding of surface-atmospheric interactions with emphasis on radiative and turbulent energy exchange processes. The PhD candidate should have the flexibility and basic experience in working with microclimate field measurement equipment and is willing to spend at-least 3 weeks in Antarctica for data collection. Good analytical skills are required for this project with good experience in data processing software (e.g. Matlab, R, Python). Skills in spatiotemporal image analysis will be an advantage.

PhD scholarship

The scholarship includes a standard University of Canterbury postgraduate stipend and all fees.

Please send your _expression_ of interest, CV, and academic transcripts to:

Dr. Marwan Katurji, <>

A/Prof. Peyman Zawar Reza, <>

Applications close on 27 May 2015

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Marwan Katurji, PhD
Atmospheric Dynamics, Measurements & Modeling
Center for Atmospheric Research
University of Canterbury,
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