Fully funded PhD at the University of Leeds - modelling solid earth response to changes in the cryosphere

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Fully funded PhD at the University of Leeds - modelling solid earth response to changes in the cryosphere

Natasha Barlow

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 by Dr Natasha Barlow, Dr Lauren Gregoire (Leeds) and Dr 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.  

 

Deadline for applications: 26th April 2019.  Please apply via the University of Leeds website and further details can be found about the PhD project at www.natashabarlow.co.uk  

 

 

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Dr Natasha Barlow
Associate Professor
School of Earth and Environment
University of Leeds
Leeds
LS2 9JT

Telephone: 0113 343 3761
Room: Priestley Building 10.19
natashabarlow.co.uk
Leader of Leeds Quaternary and PALSEA

 


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