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Data Analytics Approach to Extreme Events in Space Weather

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics, University of Warwick

Research at the Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics (CFSA) focuses on plasma physics applied to the grand challenges of fusion power, space physics, solar physics, and astrophysics. Our work spans fundamental theory, observation, and the analysis of experimental data, combined with high performance computing. For more details of the CFSA see http://www.warwick.ac.uk/go/cfsa/

Extreme space weather events or super-storms have a high impact over a wide range of systems, from power supplies, aviation, satellites and radio communications to economic and social behaviour. They are becoming increasingly important as our society relies more and more on being interconnected.

This project will utilize the extensive datasets available from satellite based solar observatories and monitors of the solar wind, to ground based magnetometers and observations of ionospheric plasma density which observe the impact of geomagnetic activity at earth- ‘space weather’. In principle, this chain of observations should allow both the dynamics and the statistical likelihood of space weather events to be understood. However, the extent of these observations makes this a data mining grand challenge. This project will focus on novel methods to quantify extreme events in space weather, the probable extent of their impact on earth systems and what aspects of these events may be predictable.

The project will involve understanding, modelling and adapting current data analytics methods to apply them to the rich and varied classes of in-situ and ground based space weather observations. It requires a careful understanding of the varied nature of the observations and their uncertainties. The work will require extended visits to our collaborators – in the USA, NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory, (GPS observations of ionospheric Total Electron Content) and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, (SuperMAG ground based magnetometers) and in the UK, the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (space based observations).

Interested candidates should contact Prof Sandra Chapman (Warwick) on .


Funding Notes

A full 3.5 year studentship for EU and UK students (fees and maintenance) is available. Candidates should hold or expect to hold a 1st (or high 2.1) in Physics or related subject area.

The Physics department is proud to be an IOP Juno Champion and a winner of an Athena Swan Silver Award, reflecting our commitment to equal opportunity and to fostering an environment in which all can excel.

How good is research at University of Warwick in Physics?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 54.60

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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