February 2018
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[Met-jobs] Studentship at Exeter

From "Vallis, Geoffrey" <>
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Date Mon, 12 Feb 2018 19:07:25 +0000

Fully-funded studentship in Planetary Atmospheres at Exeter with Prof. Geoffrey Vallis

This project will explore the general principles governing the circulation of planetary atmospheres, including the Earth, and will seek to determine the relationship of Earth's circulation and climate, past and present, to that of other planets. The project will focus on terrestrial planets, which are planets like Earth that have a well-defined atmosphere with a definite lower boundary.

The project will explore how the circulation depends on the fundamental parameters of the planet, such as the planetary rotation rate, the atmospheric mass and composition, the distance from its host star. In particular we will seek  put Earth’s atmosphere in a more general context: Is it a very special case, or is it really rather ordinary, or generic? The project will involve a combination of numerical modelling and theory, using a flexible, idealized numeric model of planetary atmospheres that can be configured to almost any planet, in conjunction with basic geophysical fluid dynamics theory. The project may focus primarily on Earth’s climate and paleoclimate,  or on the atmospheres of other planets; the student will help choose the precise direction of the project, in consultation with the supervisor.

For more details contact G. Vallis at and see:
Application deadline is 9 March.

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