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[Met-jobs] PDRA on Arctic sea ice in the Department of Meteorology, University of Reading

From Danny Feltham <>
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Date Tue, 6 Aug 2019 15:20:40 +0000


There is a 18 month PDRA position available in the Department of Meteorology, University of Reading.

Towards a marginal Arctic sea ice cover

The strong decline of Arctic sea ice in recent decades is a conspicuous indicator of climate change, that impacts the Arctic environment, the insurance, shipping and oil industries, local populations, and remote weather. The reduced sea ice cover exposes greater areas of the ocean to the atmosphere, and intensifies and prolongs air-ocean exchanges of heat, moisture, and momentum, altering the circulation and properties of air, ocean, and ice. 

Our overall project hypothesis is that: as the ice cover becomes marginal, feedbacks between the air, ice, and ocean will strengthen, which will substantially affect the circulation and properties of the sea ice, upper ocean, and atmosphere. We speculate that a more faithful representation of marginal sea ice processes in climate models will result in earlier climate projections of an ice-free Arctic.

This project will investigate processes controlling the evolution of the Marginal Ice Zone (MIZ) using existing and new observations. The project will use models that include wave-ice interaction, ice breakup and melt, constrained and verified with observations, to explore feedbacks between the sea ice, ocean, and atmosphere with a series of reduced-complexity simulations. The project will quantify the impact of the emerging dominance of the MIZ on the Arctic physical climate.

Further project details, and application instructions, can be found at

Best wishes,

Danny Feltham
Professor of Climate Physics
Department of Meteorology,
University of Reading,
PO Box 243,
Reading RG6 6BB, UK
tel: +44 (0)118 378 5094

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