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[Met-jobs] PhD scholarship: Predictability of the IPO- ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science

From Melissa Hart <>
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Date Sun, 11 Oct 2015 21:33:30 +0000

PhD scholarship: Predictability of the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation


The Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation (IPO; or Pacific Decadal Oscillation) largely characterises decadal climate variability across the Pacific Ocean and influences temperatures and precipitation at the global scale. Recent studies have reported a pause (hiatus) in the long-term global warming, with temperatures having not significantly changed since the end of the 20th century. This pause has led to questions regarding the causes, including whether the background switch in the IPO is the main cause, or whether there is something else responsible. The mechanisms underpinning the IPO are still largely debated in the literature. Some recent studies appear to show limited predictability of the IPO, but the physical mechanisms are unclear. The recent pause in global warming provides further motivation to better understand the key mechanisms underpinning the decadal variability, and how predictable the IPO really is.


This PhD project will investigate the predictability of the IPO using ensemble methods in a climate modelling framework. The student will be based at the University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia.



Associate Professor Neil Holbrook

ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science

Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia


Dr Terence O’Kane

CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia


Dr Doug Smith

UK Met Office Hadley Centre, Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom


Note: Please note that a number of other projects are potentially available in the areas of Southern Annular Mode predictability, El Nino – Southern Oscillation, and/or ocean temperature extremes predictability. Expressions of interest in any of these theme areas from potential PhD students will be gladly received and can be discussed with Associate Professor Holbrook.


Students will become part of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science- an international research consortium of five Australian universities (The University of New South Wales, Monash University, The University of Melbourne, The University of Tasmania and The Australian National University) and a suite of outstanding national and international Partner Organizations. The Centre provides opportunities for travel and graduate student development.


If you are interested in applying please complete our _expression_ of Interest form:


Note- this is not an official application, if your _expression_ of interest is accepted we will guide you through the application process.


For further information on the project, contact Associate Professor Neil Holbrook  (



Dr Melissa Hart

Graduate Director

ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science

The University of New South Wales

Sydney NSW 2052 Australia


Phone: + 61 2 9385 6263

Fax: +61 2 9385 8969 


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