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[Met-jobs] PhD Studentship at University of Plymouth: The Numerical Modelling of Small-Scale Ocean Processes by Integrating Deterministic and Artificial Intelligence Techniques

From Jose Ondina <jose.ondina@plymouth.ac.uk>
To "met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk" <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
Date Thu, 21 Feb 2019 09:44:23 +0000

http://bit.ly/POFC_PhD_201904

 

Project description

A 3D ocean modelling at small scales is necessary to get correct and timely information of the changes incurring to ocean environment in order to predict the large catastrophic disturbances and take preventive actions to protect the equipment and human life, in particular in the coastal zones of the ocean. 

However, high-resolution numerical modelling using the current deterministic approach requires processing of huge amount of data in real-time and put significant stress on computational resources. 

For example, the doubling of a 3D model resolution requires a 10-fold increase in computing resources.

Modern artificial intelligence (AI) methods are successfully used in medical research and engineering. The use of AI methods allows combining the benefits of the deterministic approach (solving the equations of motion) and the statistical approach based on the empirical relationship of the model inputs and outputs. 

However, despite the great popularity of the AI methods in many fields, there are some obstacles to adapting this to oceanography in a simple or straightforward way.

The aims of this PhD are:

  • testing a hypothesis that the AI methods can be used in high-resolution 3D ocean modelling
  • development of an advanced processing technique based on AI methods in order to obtain a fast and efficient model of the small-scale ocean processes
  • simulation of high-resolution ocean processes using a combination of a 3D deterministic and AI techniques.

The feasibility of the project is supported by both human (expertise of the supervisory team) and computing (HPC cluster) resources.




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