Water-mass variability and change in the East Australian Current System

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The East Australian Current (EAC) is a hotspot for climate change with unprecedented multidecadal warming and freshening occurring there. Understanding the drivers of these changes in both temperature and salinity is critical to understanding the impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems and society. This project will employ new observations, climate model simulations, and cutting edge analysis tools to provide a characterization of EAC waters. The student will investigate past and future variability including extreme events and the effect on sea level, and identify the dynamical drivers and the impact on biological systems.

The student requires an undergraduate degree or equivalent experience in dynamical physical oceanography, or a similar field such as atmospheric science or an equivalently numerate field such as physics, mathematics or engineering. Knowledge of statistical and dynamical analysis techniques. Technical expertise in Matlab or Python programming is highly desirable, as well as experience with Linux. The student should have a bold outlook with regard to their potential contribution to oceanography. They should have a clear vision regarding how their PhD training can propel them into diverse and evolving career areas relevant to climate change and marine research.

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Applied Mathematics

Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences

Applied Mathematics