Quantifying Global Water Cycle Change using Ocean Observations

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Global rates of rainfall and evaporation are amplifying rapidly as a consequence of global warming. Recent studies have suggested that this 'water cycle' could be amplifying faster than global climate models had predicted. More accurate quantification of water cycle change and its causes is urgently needed. Changes in the water cycle leave an imprint on the ocean by changing ocean salinity. The candidate will quantify water cycle change based on new observations of ocean salinity and using novel methods developed by the supervisory team. These findings will help improve predictions of water cycle change that are relied upon by society.

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Supervisory team
Jan
Zika

Science
Mathematics and Statistics
John
Church

Science
Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Trevor
McDougall

Science
Mathematics and Statistics
j.zika@unsw.edu.au

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