Student research topics in climate science

A suite of projects is offered by academic staff in the Climate Change Research
Centre (CCRC) at the University of New South Wales. If you are interested in pursuing a
PhD in Climate Science please contact the academic whose areas of research interest
you.

Dr Gab Abramowitz - Climate model evaluation (e.g. model calibration techniques, data assimilation techniques, model independence assessment and the use of empirical models in climate research) and applied maths in climate research in the areas of neural networks and clustering algorithms, non-linear time series analysis/chaos theory, distribution theory, monte-carlo simulation techniques.

Dr Lisa Alexander - Climate variability and change, especially extreme events, global dataset development, observational analysis, global climate model validation and intercomparison, statistical modelling including extreme value theory, large scale modes of variability and climate drivers, data rescue.

Prof. Matthew England - Ocean dynamics, the ocean's thermohaline circulation, modes of
climate variability (including El Nino, Indian Ocean Dipole, Southern Annular Mode), and
Australian rainfall variability/change.

Dr Jason Evans - Land-atmosphere interactions, water cycle processes, remote sensing
of the land surface, land surface & hydrological modelling, regional climate modelling,
climate change impacts especially on fresh water resources and agriculture.

Dr Donna Green - Broad area of vulnerability to climate impacts, resilience, climate justice,
climate adaptation and mitigation options through changing domestic energy policy.
Impacts on remote communities and indigenous Australians are of particular interest.

Dr Melissa Hart - the impact of land-use, surface characteristics and anthropogenic activities on the climate of cities, quantification of the magnitude of the urban heat island (UHI), weather and climate sensitivity of energy consumption, air pollution meteorology, statistical climatology.

Dr Erik van Sebille – global ocean circulation and its relation to climate and marine biology. The way currents transport nutrients, heat, larvae and even plastics around the world, and how the different oceans are connected.

Dr Joe Kidston - Large-scale atmospheric dynamics, geophysical fluid dynamics, climate variability and change, storm track dynamics, tropical-extratropical interactions, GCM validation, atmospheric eddy length scale, stratospheric circulation.

Dr Angela M. Maharaj
Ocean’s role in interannual to inter-decadal and gyre to global scale processes which dominate climate variability/change, using satellite and in-situ observations: internal waves, mode waters, climate modes and primary productivity.

Dr Ben McNeil - Ocean carbon cycle and biogeochemistry: ocean acidification, ocean CO2
variability in the past, present and future, climate change impact on ocean.

Dr Katrin Meissner - Earth System Science, with special emphasis on abrupt climate change, as well as feedbacks and thresholds in the climate system. The role of the oceans in climate change/variability; Earth System Modelling (ocean, atmosphere, cryosphere, biosphere) addressing paleo- and future climate change. Paleoproxy data - model comparison, geophysical fluid dynamics.

Dr Steven Phipps - Climate system modelling, including atmosphere, ocean and sea ice modelling; palaeoclimate, including modelling, reconstruction using natural archives, and data-model synthesis; climate variability and change on decadal, centennial and millennial timescales; modes of climate variability, including El Niño-Southern Oscillation, the Indian Ocean Dipole and the Southern Annular Mode.

Prof. Andy Pitman - Land surface processes, global and regional modelling, projections of
future mean and extreme climate, vegetation dynamics, carbon cycle, abrupt climate
change, probabilistic projections of climate change.

Dr Alex Sen Gupta - Atmosphere, ocean and coupled climate modelling; IPCC model
intercomparison; climate change and variability in the Southern Ocean; modes of climate
variability, in particular the Southern Annular Mode and Indian Ocean Dipole and their
effect on regional climate variability and change.

Prof. Steve Sherwood - Atmospheric physics and dynamics, cloud and convective
processes, atmospheric aspects of climate change, climate feedbacks.

Scholarships are available for Australian students including Australian Postgraduate
Awards
and UNSW research excellence awards. See the Graduate Research School for
details of other available scholarships.

International students can access a variety of scholarship available to them including
UNSW International Research Scholarships. Several countries also offer scholarships
specifically for their citizens. For details go here.

The CCRC offers a $5,000 p.a. top up to all candidates who successfully obtain a PhD
scholarship. There are also additional funds available for travel, conferences etc.

For further information about the Endeavour Postgraduate Award, including eligible countries and details of the application process, click here.

For further information about the AusAID Development Scholarship, including participating countries and details of the application process, click here.

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