Ice Ocean Interactions - PhD and Post Doc Opportunities
We have openings for 2 PhD students and 1 post-doc at Oregon State
University focused on field experiments and numerical modeling of small
scale processes at the ice/ocean interface.
Tidewater glaciers flow into the ocean, melt, and collapse into a jumble
of icebergs through complex, dynamic, and interactive processes.
Understanding this behavior will help put bounds on future changes in
sea level and ice flow. Recent observations, however, provide evidence
that tidewater glaciers are melting much faster than current models
predicted (e.g. Sutherland et al 2019, Jackson et al 2020). Our team is
leading a major initiative to investigate ice-ocean interaction physics
at a near-vertical ice face to understand the dynamics responsible for
this discrepancy – and to get more accurate prescriptions of the physics
in the next generation of climate models. Specifically, we aim to make
the first observations of boundary layer fluid mechanics and
morphodynamics that control ice-melt rates at the actively-calving
terminus of Leconte Glacier, Alaska. These field experiments will be the
first of their kind, using novel ROV capabilities to make measurements
of the physics of glacial melt driven by centimeter-scale fluid motions
in the boundary layer. See more about this project here:
The position descriptions and application submission portal are here:
Applications are due on December 7th for initial review by the team.
Students will need to also apply to the graduate school after the
This is a very exciting project making measurements at the face of a
tidewater glacier. We are looking for applicants with strong physics and
math background and interest in fluid mechanics, boundary layer
exchange, ice mechanics, and ice morphological change and feedbacks with
the flow field.
College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
104 CEOAS Admin Building
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331
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