Fully funded PhD at the University of Leeds - modelling solid earth response to changes in the cryosphere
Fully funded PhD at the University of Leeds: Warm climate, high seas. How did sea level change in Europe during the Last Interglacial?
This fully-funded PhD project (with research training support grant) at the University of Leeds forms part of the €2 million European Research Council Starting Grant, “Rates of Interglacial Sea-Level Change and Responses” (RISeR) which
aims to advance our understanding of the magnitude, rates and drivers of sea-level change during the Last Interglacial, to inform both global and regional sea-level projections beyond 2100. RISeR is focusing on developing a state-of-the-art Last Interglacial
sea level record from northwest Europe.
Relative sea-level changes in northwest Europe are a consequence of change in the volume and distribution of water in the global ocean, but also solid earth processes as a result of regional loading by ice sheets during glacial periods
(termed glacial isostatic adjustment, GIA). This PhD project will develop a regional GIA model to understand the solid earth response in northwest Europe during the Last Interglacial. The student will use a new generation of ice-sheet models within a global
GIA model to compare to and interpret the new Last Interglacial relative sea-level reconstructions produced by the wider RISeR project. This work will provide the first regional Last Interglacial glacial-isostatic adjustment model and a statistical assessment
of the likelihood of different melt water sources to the Last Interglacial highstand and their contribution to relative sea-level change in northwest Europe.
The project will be supervised byDr Natasha Barlow,Dr
Lauren Gregoire(Leeds) andDr Natalya Gomez(McGill,
Canada) with the potential for a funded research visit to Canada. You will be able to access the excellent centralised training provided by the University of Leeds, as well as being part of a large and diverse research team, as well as Leeds Quaternary.
This is a fully-funded project open to UK/EU citizens who have a background in Geosciences, mathematics, physics or a related discipline, with a minimum British BSc 2.1 (or equivalent), or a related Master's degree. Some experience in computer modelling would
be a benefit. A keen interest in environmental change is desirable, in particular in climate and sea-level change. A willingness to contribute to the wider research programme and work within a larger team is essential.