Student research topics in climate science

A broad range 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, Masters or Honours in Climate Science please contact the academic whose areas of research interest you.

Dr Gab Abramowitz - Climate model evaluation, climate model ensembles, probabilistic forecasts, applied maths in climate research (e.g neural networks and clustering, non-linear time series analysis/chaos theory), land surface, ecological and hydrological modelling.

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

Prof. Matthew England - Ocean dynamics (especially in the Southern Ocean and around the Antarctic margin), the ocean's thermohaline circulation, modes of climate variability (including El Nino, Indian Ocean Dipole, Southern Annular Mode), and global climate processes.

Dr Jason Evans - Land-atmosphere interactions, water cycle processes, remote sensing of the land surface, land surface & hydrological modelling, regional climate modelling, fire spread and fire-atmosphere interactions, 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 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 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 oceans in climate change/variability; Earth System Modelling (ocean, land, atmosphere, cryosphere, biosphere) addressing past and future climate change. Geophysical fluid dynamics, biogeochemistry, palaeoproxy data - model comparison, isotope modelling.

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 - The effects of climate change and variability on ocean circulation, its physical characteristic and how this affects marine species; marine heat waves; IPCC model evaluation and climate projections; the effect of climate variability (e.g. ENSO, SAM, IOD) on regional climate variability and change.

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

Dr Agus Santoso - Dynamics of tropical climate variability, such as El Nino Southern Oscillation, Indian Ocean Dipole, Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation, including their inter-basin interactions via the atmospheric bridge and ocean gateways (e.g., Indonesian Throughflow), and  how they respond to external forcing (e.g., greenhouse gas, geological changes).

Dr Markus Donat - Variability and predictability of climate extremes, changes of extremes under global warming, teleconnections and large-scale drivers of climate extremes, processes and local feedbacks amplifying extremes, climate model evaluation.

Dr Laurie Menviel - Global climate and carbon cycle: Past changes in oceanic circulation and their impact on climate and carbon cycle as well as long term changes in climate and carbon cycle.

Dr Alejandro Di Luca - Climate model evaluation and the added value of regional climate models, very high-resolution simulations of climate processes and regional climate changes especially related with Australian east coast cyclones.

Dr Paul Spence - Development and analysis of numerical ocean and sea-ice models to understand connections between ocean physics and global climate.

Dr Leela Frankcombe - Decadal to multidecadal variability of the climate system, in particular the oceans, using both observations and climate models.

Dr Andréa Taschetto - Effects of the ocean interannual to decadal variability to the atmospheric circulation, rainfall variability associated to climate modes of variability such as droughts and floods caused by the El Niño Southern Oscillation, atmospheric teleconnections in the Southern Hemisphere.

You might also like to browse the topics of researchers associated with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science