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A Lagrangian view of the evolution of convective updrafts, Mathematics – PhD (Funded)


Project Description

The University of Exeter’s College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to commence in September 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. For eligible students the studentship will cover UK/EU/International tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £15,009 for 3.5 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study. The student would be based in Mathematics in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the Streatham Campus in Exeter.

Project Description:
The accurate representation of cumulus convection in weather and climate prediction models is a long-standing challenge, in part because we do not fully understand the mechanisms that control the dynamics and mixing of convective updrafts. The resulting uncertainties adversely impact predictions on a wide range of scales, from local severe weather to global climate change. This project will use Lagrangian particle trajectories to analyse these mechanisms of dynamics and mixing in comprehensive high-resolution simulations. The results will be used to develop computer models of intermediate complexity, using stochastic parcel methods to predict PDFs of updraft properties at each height in order to understand sensitivities and parameter dependencies. This project is linked to ParaCon, a five-year collaboration between the Met Office and UK universities to improve convection schemes in the Met Office weather and climate models.
The project will be supervised by Prof. John Thuburn and Dr Bob Beare. They both have long-standing research collaborations with the Met Office as well as extensive experience of developing and improving weather and climate models.

The successful student will join the Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics group in the Department of Mathematics (emps.exeter.ac.uk/mathematics/research/cgafd). The department has a thriving and vibrant research culture, with several seminar series and over 100 PhD students. The university is one of four who are members of the Met Office Academic Partnership, and the successful student will have opportunities to interact with Met Office researchers.

This award provides annual funding to cover UK/EU/International tuition fees, a tax-free stipend and support towards project costs.

Funding Notes

The University of Exeter’s College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to commence in September 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. For eligible students the studentship will cover UK/EU/International tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £15,009 for 3.5 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study. The student would be based in Mathematics in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the Streatham Campus in Exeter.

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