PhD position on Surface Melting in the Antarctic Peninsula and links to climate drivers at the Cryospheric Processes Laboratory, NYC

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PhD position on Surface Melting in the Antarctic Peninsula and links to climate drivers at the Cryospheric Processes Laboratory, NYC

Marco Tedesco-3
PhD position on Surface Melting in the Antarctic Peninsula and links to climate drivers at the Cryospheric Processes Laboratory, NYC

Dear all, 

please advertise or apply for the following PhD position at the Cryospheric Processes Laboratory in NYC. 

General description of the project
The goal of the project is to generate first-time validated enhanced spatial resolution (5-10 km) maps of surface melting over the Antarctic Peninsula for the period 1958 - to date from the outputs of a regional climate model and different downscaling techniques. These maps will be assessed and validated through new high spatial resolution (2.25 km) surface melting maps obtained from the QuikSCAT satellite for the period 1999 - 2009. The results generated in this study would also provide a first-time opportunity to study the melt distribution over the Peninsula and its correlation with climate drivers, such as the Southern Annual Mode (SAM) and the El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) at these unprecedented spatial scales. The enhanced resolution melting maps will also offer a unique opportunity to study melting trends and patterns over specific regions of the Peninsula, such as the Wilkins and the Larsen A and B ice shelves and evaluate whether the extreme melting observed during the recent collapses was unprecedented over the + 50 years. 

Requirements: 
- Programming skills (MATLAB, FORTRAN, advanced knowledge)
- familiarity with UNIX basic commands
- basic knowledge of remote sensing 
- basic knowledge of surface energy balance
- basic understanding of climatology and meteorology
- previous experience with and enthusiasm for cold regions, snow, ice and cryospheric processes is a key factor, though there's always room to learn and this won't be a condition to exclude candidates

Details about the position
Sponsor: NSF, Antarctic Glaciology Program
Funding duration: 3 years
Closing date: until filled
Starting date: February/March 2012 
Location: Cryospheric Processes Laboratory, CCNY, CUNY in New York City
Salary: $25k/year


Sincerely,
Marco

Twitter: @cryocity

Marco Tedesco
Cryospheric Processes Laboratory, Director
Dept. Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Asst. Prof. 
The Graduate Center, CUNY, Doctoral Faculty
138th and Convent Avenue
Marshak Science Buildg., Room J106
City College of New York
New York City, NY 10031, USA
Phone: +1 2126507027
Cell: + 2023754884
Fax: +1 2126506482






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