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[Met-jobs] PhD studentship in Mathematical modelling of sea ice at the University of Reading

From Daniel Lee Feltham <>
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Date Thu, 20 Aug 2015 13:26:20 +0000

PhD in Fragmentation and melting of the seasonal sea ice cover

Supervised by Prof Danny Feltham and Dr Harold Heorton (University of Reading), Jeff Ridley (Met Office Hadley Centre)

Full funding via a NERC Industrial CASE Award, with CASE studentship at the Met Office, available to UK and non-UK EU students who have resided in the UK for 3 years of more. Funding is not available for international students.

Based in Department of Meteorology, University of Reading, UK

Recent years have seen a rapid reduction in the summer extent of Arctic sea ice, renewing interest in the physical processes responsible for summer sea ice retreat. Sea ice components of atmosphere-ocean coupled Global Climate Models contain a simplified representation of physical processes at the edge of the sea ice cover. The process of floe breakup is currently absent from climate models: new, physics-based model development will allow its contribution to ice-climate feedbacks, relative to surface melt, to be evaluated for the first time. This PhD project will examine the impact of the observed heterogeneity in floe size on the summer melt and retreat of sea ice. In particular, the project will (i) examine factors controlling the floe size distribution in the seasonal and marginal ice zone using observations and the development of new theory; (ii) examine lateral melt of sea ice in a state-of-the-art sea ice climate model component coupled to an ocean mixed layer model for various geophysically occurring scenarios; and (iii) examine the impact of lateral melting in a coupled climate model, in particular related to the retreat of sea ice in the marginal and seasonal ice zones.

A successful candidate will have a degree (2(i) minimum) in applied mathematics, physics, engineering, or a similar numerate subject, along with an aptitude for applying physical principles to solve real world problems and computer programming.

For more details and links to the online application procedure follow

Informal enquiries are welcome, please email Danny Feltham at
Professor Danny Feltham
Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling,
Department of Meteorology,
University of Reading,
PO Box 243,
Reading RG6 6BB, UK
tel: +44 (0)118 378 5094

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