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[Met-jobs] Funded PhD Studentship in Sea level rise @ University of Bristol UK

From Sam Royston <>
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Date Fri, 23 Nov 2018 10:45:17 +0000

Dear met-jobs subscribers,


Apologies for cross-posting.


PhD Studentship at the University of Bristol, UK, in collaboration with National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool

Sea level rise: Solving the puzzle of the 20th Century record


The University of Bristol is offering a fully-funded PhD studentship on sea level change. Sea level rise (SLR) is a key indicator of climate change and represents one of its most serious consequences for society. Confidence in future projections of SLR depends on our understanding of the contemporary ‘sea level budget’, which relates the sum of individual contributions (namely ocean thermal expansion, ice mass loss and changes in land water storage) to the observed change in sea level. Prior to the satellite era, we are largely dependent on tide gauges to estimate global sea level rise, yet current methods for reconstructing the 20th century record from tide gauges provide conflicting results. The aim of this project is to produce a consistent, rigorous sea level record from the “measurement era” from a combination of tide gauge data, satellite altimetry, ocean model output and statistical inference techniques that can combine the different data sets and account for their different accuracies and spatial and temporal properties.


The PhD studentship is jointly-funded by the NERC GW4+ DTP and the European Research Council funded GlobalMass project, which aims to rigorously combine satellite and in-situ data related to different aspects of the sea level budget using a Bayesian statistical framework. By adopting the same approach for tide gauge records, this studentship will help provide new insights into one of the planet’s most fundamental climate variables.

The PhD will be supervised by Prof Jonathan Bamber, Dr Rory Bingham and Dr Sam Royston at the University of Bristol, and Dr Svetlana Jevrejeva and Dr Francisco Calafat at National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool.


For more information on the project, please see Click on the further details link for full details of the project and how to apply.


Deadline for applications: 16:00 UTC 7 January 2019. Preferred start date: March/April 2019.


Studentship eligible to UK and EU residents only. For more information on the studentship and eligibility criteria see


For more information on post-graduate study at the University of Bristol see


Kind regards,

Dr Sam Royston


Research Associate

Bristol Glaciology Centre  |  School of Geographical Sciences

University of Bristol

University Road, Bristol BS8 1SS | @sl_sam_royston |

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