PhD Studentship: Modelling Arctic climate variability, with BAS and University of Cambridge

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PhD Studentship: Modelling Arctic climate variability, with BAS and University of Cambridge

Hosking, Scott
PhD Studentship: Modelling the links between Atlantic tropical cyclones
and Arctic climate variability

Supervisors: Dr Scott Hosking (BAS), Dr Peter Braesicke (University of

The dramatic decrease in Arctic sea ice over the past few decades is a
clear indicator of climate change. Recent studies have suggested that the
Arctic climate variability is linked to remote influences, including
teleconnection patterns associated with Atlantic tropical cyclones.
However, the physical processes through which this occurs, their
representation in coupled climate models, and their role within the whole
Earth System, are as yet poorly understood.

This proposed study will use climate model experiments to investigate the
influence of Atlantic tropical cyclones on the Arctic climate. The
objectives are to: (i) quantify the influence and timescale of Atlantic
tropical variability on key meteorological parameters in the Arctic, (ii)
explain how remote processes are responsible for Arctic climate
variability, and (iii) diagnose the representation of these processes in
climate models.

Excellent training will be provided by both BAS and the University of
Cambridge including: data analysis; running the UK Met Office HadGEM3-A
climate model; and attending lectures, workshops and summer schools.

The studentship will be based at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) in
Cambridge, the doctorate will be awarded by the University of Cambridge.

Applicants should hold or expect to gain an upper-second class
undergraduate degree in Physics, Mathematics, Meteorology, or any other
numerate subject.

Salary: The studentship is expected to last 3.5 years from October 2013.
Stipend for 2012/2013 was £13,590 p.a. For eligibility go to

Applications should be addressed to Dr Scott Hosking, include a covering
letter, full CV and the e-mail addresses of two referees and sent to
[hidden email]. Please quote reference number AP1

Closing date for applications is 28th February 2013.

For more information:

Dr J. Scott Hosking
British Antarctic Survey
Cambridge Centre for Climate Science
Cambridge, UK

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