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 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 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.

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