About the Project
Glacial geomorphology and geology provide an excellent opportunity to investigate how and why Himalayan glaciers have gained and lost ice mass over recent decades and centuries. This project will investigate regional glacier change by (1) reconstructing advances and recessions of individual Himalayan glaciers during the Late Holocene period using field mapping and satellite observations; (2) producing new geochronological data to constrain the timing and rates of glacier change using Terrestrial Cosmogenic Nuclide dating; and (3) developing numerical models to test how Himalayan glaciers have responded to climate change in the past to infer likely future changes in glacier mass and meltwater supplies.
The post would suit a motivated student with interests in glaciology and climate change, and enthusiasm for fieldwork in the high Himalaya (likely in Nepal and/or India). The student will receive training in state-of-the-art data collection techniques including; remote-sensing observations of recent glacier change, geomorphological mapping and monitoring of large mountain glaciers and conduct fieldwork in remote, high-altitude environments, Terrestrial Cosmogenic Nuclide dating (in collaboration with the NERC Cosmogenic Isotope Analysis Facility), and numerical modelling of the response of glaciers to climate change. The successful candidate will join an active research group of academic, postdoctoral and doctoral researchers investigating glacier dynamics and change in the Himalaya, and have the opportunity to join ongoing field campaigns in the Everest region of Nepal in addition to carrying out their own independent fieldwork.
Selection process: Shortlisting will take place as soon as possible after the closing date and successful applicants will be notified promptly. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview to take place at the University of Sheffield the w/c 13th February 2017.
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