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Quaternary ice-sheet and climate change on the Northeast Atlantic margin (OP2234)

   Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering

   Monday, January 24, 2022  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Newcastle United Kingdom Climate Science Data Analysis Geographical Information Systems Gis Geophysics Geoscience Marine Geology Marine Sciences Physical Geography

About the Project

Knowledge of the past extent and behaviour of ice sheets is needed to understand and model how climatic changes are translated into ice-margin fluctuations, providing important constraints for future predictions of sea-level rise. However, uncertainties remain about the extent of ice sheets during the early stages of the Quaternary “Ice Age”, and about the rates and processes by which ice sheets deliver sediment to their margins. The recent availability of high-resolution marine geophysical datasets from the Northeast Atlantic margin provides a unique opportunity to examine the glacial landforms and sediments that are preserved on and beneath the seafloor at unprecedented resolution.

This PhD project will use bathymetric and seismic data to reconstruct how ice sheets changed in response to past climate variations. The focus will be on the Northeast Atlantic margin, which is a crucial site for both the initial development of ice sheets and for variations in thermohaline circulation during the pronounced climate fluctuations of the Quaternary glacial-interglacial cycles. The project will map and interpret glaciomarine landforms and sediments, reconstruct how the European Ice Sheet changed in response to ocean and atmospheric forcing, and determine the relative importance of different processes of glacial sedimentation. Findings from this research will advance our knowledge of processes occurring at the largely inaccessible beds and margins of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, and provide important boundary conditions for modelling the past and future environmental response to climate change.

The project will train the doctoral student in geophysical data interpretation and analysis. It is anticipated that the student will undertake visits to international partner institutions and collaborate with external organisations (e.g. commercial geophysical companies). Upon completion the student will be qualified to pursue a career in industry or academia.

Funding Notes

This project is part of the NERC ONE Planet DTP. Each of our studentship awards include 3.5 years of fees (Home/EU), an annual living allowance (£15,650) and a Research Training Support Grant (for travel, consumables, etc).
Home and International applicants (inc. EU) are welcome to apply. Following the UKRI announcement regarding their new 30% UKRI international recruitment policy (to take effect from September 2021) both Newcastle University, and Northumbria University, have agreed to pay the international fee difference for all International applicants (inc. EU) who are awarded a DTP studentship. Interviews will take place in February 2022.
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