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Palaeoglaciology of Eurasian ice sheets


Project Description

The future of our current ice-sheets, in Antarctica and Greenland, is uncertain. To make better predictions of how much these ice-masses will contribute to future sea-level rise, we need to improve numerical models of how ice-sheets work. Two approaches to doing this are: i) validate our models against data; and/or ii) improve our process understanding of ice sheets.

In this project, we will conduct both of the above approaches. The PhD candidate will learn how to apply ice-sheet models (e.g. PISM) to one or more of the former Eurasian ice sheets (e.g. British-Irish, Fennoscandian, Barents Sea). The main aim will be to develop tools which compare modelled simulations with geomorphological and geochronological evidence of former ice sheet behaviour. This includes newly collected evidence regarding the former ice-flow direction and margins of the Fennoscandian Ice Sheet (from moraines, drumlins, eskers and subglacial ribs).

The candidate will need a background in Quaternary science, glaciology and/or geomorphology. Training in using the ice-sheet model will be provided, so no prior experience is needed. A 1st or 2i class degree is required, MSc not essential.

The student will benefit from being part of the new PALGLAC project team comprising three other PhD students, four postdoctoral researchers and around 6 staff members. This team is funded by an ERC Advanced Grant project (2018-2023) led by Chris Clark. Some fieldwork opportunities are expected to arise if interested. You will join Sheffield’s Ice and ClimatE Research (ICERs) group and gain from its world-leading expertise and enthusiasm for palaeoglaciology.

The project will be supervised by Dr Jeremy Ely, Prof. Chris Clark (The University of Sheffield) and Dr Anna Hughes (University of Manchester). Please email Dr Jeremy Ely with any further queries or expressions of interest ().

The section process with take place as soon as possible after the closing date and successful applicants will be notified promptly. Interviews will take place at the University of Sheffield in the week commencing 20/01/2019.

References:
Ely, J.C., Clark, C.D., Hindmarsh, R.C., Hughes, A.L., Greenwood, S.L., Bradley, S.L., Gasson, E., Gregoire, L., Gandy, N., Stokes, C.R. and Small, D., 2019. Recent progress on combining geomorphological and geochronological data with ice sheet modelling, demonstrated using the last British–Irish Ice Sheet. Journal of Quaternary Science.

Hughes, A.L., Gyllencreutz, R., Lohne, Ø.S., Mangerud, J. and Svendsen, J.I., 2016. The last Eurasian ice sheets–a chronological database and time‐slice reconstruction, DATED‐1. Boreas, 45(1), pp.1-45.

Funding Notes

Fees (UK/EU) and a full maintenance stipend at the UKRI rate (full-time rate £15,009 in 2019-20) For further information on eligibility please see here: View Website

References

References:
Ely, J.C., Clark, C.D., Hindmarsh, R.C., Hughes, A.L., Greenwood, S.L., Bradley, S.L., Gasson, E., Gregoire, L., Gandy, N., Stokes, C.R. and Small, D., 2019. Recent progress on combining geomorphological and geochronological data with ice sheet modelling, demonstrated using the last British–Irish Ice Sheet. Journal of Quaternary Science.

Hughes, A.L., Gyllencreutz, R., Lohne, Ø.S., Mangerud, J. and Svendsen, J.I., 2016. The last Eurasian ice sheets–a chronological database and time‐slice reconstruction, DATED‐1. Boreas, 45(1), pp.1-45.

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