College funded PhD Studentship in atmospheric/climate science: Understanding future changes in midlatitude weather systems Ref: 2593

About the award

Location: Streatham Campus, University of Exeter, EX4 4QJ

Primary Supervisor: Dr Jennifer Catto

Secondary Supervisors: Professor Mat Collins

Project Description:

Extratropical cyclones are a vital part of the global circulation and provide large amounts of rainfall to the midlatitudes.  It is important to understand how these features may change in a warmer climate by using global climate models.  Not all extratropical cyclones are the same, however, and their changes may be sensitive to different aspects of the climate system (e.g., surface changes, moisture changes). Some may not be as well represented in climate models as others (for example those with a strong reliance on moist processes for their development). 

There are a number of methods that have been used to classify extratropical cyclones. The first goal of this PhD project is to further develop such methods using observational datasets, and apply these to present and future climate model simulations.  The student will evaluate state-of-the-art climate models and their ability to represent different types of extratropical cyclones, providing valuable information to the modelling community. The student will also develop a framework for understanding the sensitivity of different types of cyclones to different aspects of future climate change.

This project would be suited to students with a good degree in physics, mathematics, atmospheric science, or another closely related physical or environmental science.  Experience in computer programming/coding highly desirable.

Contact for informal enquiries: For more information about the project and informal enquiries, please contact the primary supervisor, Dr Jennifer Catto

Application criteria:

You should have or expect to achieve at least a 2:1 Honours degree, or equivalent, in in physics, mathematics, atmospheric science, or another closely related physical or environmental. Experience in computer programming is desirable.

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the English language requirements and provide proof of proficiency. Click here for more information and a list of acceptable alternative tests.


Application deadline:1st May 2017
Number of awards:1
Value:3.5 year studentship including UK/EU/International tuition fees plus a stipend equivalent to the RCUK rate (£14,553 for 2017/18)
Duration of award:per year
Contact: Postgraduate Research

How to apply

To apply, complete the online form. You will be asked to submit some personal details and upload a full CV, covering letter and details of two academic referees. Your covering letter should outline your academic interests, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake this project.

Interviews will be held at Streatham Campus week commencing 29 May 2017.

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