Fully Funded PhD position available at Plymouth University, UK
Plymouth University is offering a Fully Funded PhD Scholarship: Deciphering
submarine slope processes in the Ross Sea, Antarctica.
This project will examine an exceptional multidisciplinary
dataset includinggeomorphological, geophysical, geological
and oceanographic evidence of past and present slope processes on the Eastern Ross Sea continental slope, Antarctica. Data includes new multibeam echosounder, sub-bottom profiles, seismic data and oceanographic data collected in 2017 and sediment cores collected
during the International
Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Expedition 374 in 2018.
The signature of past slope processes
are visible in newly collected seismic data along the shelf edge of the Ross Sea margin. This includes buried palaeo-gullies and channels at the shelf edge. This project aims to link these features through seismic-sediment core integration to understand when
gullies and channels were active, the processes influencing their formation, and the triggering mechanisms behind the processes. The project will include grain size analysis using a laser particle size analyzer, sediment core and geotechnical analysis and
integration with oceanographic and geophysical datasets. This will provide key insights into past ocean circulation, ice-sheet dynamics and climate change, critical for future ice-sheet and sea-level predictions.
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