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[Met-jobs] Fully-funded PhD projects available at the University of Waterloo, Canada in climate and cryospheric science

From Chris Fletcher <>
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Date Thu, 24 Jan 2019 15:55:07 +0000

Fully-funded four-year PhD projects available at the University of Waterloo, Canada in climate and cryospheric science.

Funded research projects are available starting September 2019 involving numerical modeling and/or remote sensing of the climate system and cryosphere within the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo, Canada.  We are recruiting students in the general areas of climate variability and change, remote sensing of terrestrial snow, and glaciology; however, incoming students would have considerable flexibility to design their own research in a specific area of interest. Recent examples  of graduate student projects within our research groups include: subglacial hydrology modeling of ice streams and glaciers, using a cloud-profiling radar aboard CloudSat to measure snowfall over the Arctic, and using computer models of the climate system to investigate processes contributing to climate feedbacks, variability and change.

The available funding is worth C$100,000 over four years, to support citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada in their doctoral research. Students with grade averages of 85% or higher in their previous two years of study are eligible for an additional C$10,000 entrance award. Funding support is provided by the Faculty of Environment Dean’s Doctoral Initiative: see Interested applicants should apply before February 1, 2019 and have, or be about to receive, a Master's degree in the natural sciences, physics, mathematics, engineering or computer science.

The Faculty of Environment at University of Waterloo is Canada’s largest, housing internationally recognised experts in a wide range of fields, including climate and cryospheric science. Highly interdisciplinary research focuses on some of the biggest problems facing global society, with close connections to the University of Waterloo’s Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3). For more details on the Faculty of Environment, see

Advisor profiles:
Dr. Christine Dow researches the dynamics of ice sheets and glaciers, focused on subglacial hydrological processes, surging glaciers and the stability of ice shelves. She currently runs field campaigns in the Yukon Territory and the Antarctic. Dr. Dow’s methods include combining in situ field data with numerical modeling and remote sensing analyses. See

Dr Chris Fletcher is a climate scientist whose Climate Modelling and Analysis group conducts numerical experiments to investigate the processes responsible for high-latitude climate variability and change. He is particularly interested in interactions between snow, ice, and the climate and hydrologic systems, and uses state-of-the art earth system models, satellite data and observation-based reanalysis systems to investigate these connections. See

Dr Richard Kelly leads the Theoretical and Applied Earth Observation group at the University of Waterloo. His interests are in observation and monitoring of the terrestrial cryosphere and he is particularly in the use of microwave remote sensing (radar and passive microwave) for monitoring snow, the use of social media for citizen snow science applications, and the use of multi-sensor remote sensing technologies for water resource management in developing countries. See

Christopher G. Fletcher
Associate Professor
Associate Chair for Graduate Studies
Department of Geography & Environmental Management,
University of Waterloo, Canada.
(519) 888-4567 x36855
twitter: @ClimoChris

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