Ocean-eddy atmosphere interaction (ZHAI_UENV18EE)

University of East Anglia
October 13 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Scientific background

Eddies are ubiquitous in the ocean and dominate the ocean's kinetic energy. They play a vital role in shaping the large-scale ocean circulation and in transporting mass, heat and other climatically important tracers in the ocean. Although progress has been made over the last decade, our understanding of physical processes governing ocean eddy energy remains rather limited. A number of recent studies suggest that direct interaction between ocean eddies and the overlying atmosphere via air-sea momentum and heat exchanges is systematic and significant, but the impact on ocean eddies is yet to be determined.

The overall aim of this project is to improve our understanding of ocean-eddy atmosphere interaction and quantify its effect on ocean eddies. This is an exciting new research area with many important climatic implications including, for example, future ocean eddy parameterizations in global climate models.

Research Methodology

You will join a productive research team of physical oceanographers and ocean modellers at UEA and the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). The first part of the project will involve analysing the latest oceanographic and meteorological data products to determine air-sea momentum and heat exchanges over ocean eddies. You will then learn to set up both idealised and realistic high-resolution MIT ocean circulation model experiments to investigate the impact of these air-sea exchanges on ocean eddy properties and energetics. You will also be encouraged to pursue you own particular interests under the general aim of the project.


This project will provide you with a thorough training in ocean dynamics, air-sea interactions, numerical modelling and data analysis. Researchers at UEA and at BAS regularly lead and take part in field campaigns and there may be opportunities for fieldwork should you wish. There will also be opportunities for you to visit collaborators at the University of Oxford, the University of Kiel and MIT.

Secondary supervisors: Dr David Munday (British Antarctic Survey), Dr Manoj Joshi (UEA).

Person specification

We seek an enthusiastic candidate with strong scientific interests and self-motivation. He or she will have at least a 2.1 honours degree in physics, mathematics, oceanography, meteorology, or climate science with good numerical skills.


This project has been shortlisted for funding by the EnvEast NERC Doctoral Training Partnership, comprising the Universities of East Anglia, Essex and Kent, with over twenty other research partners. Undertaking a PhD with the EnvEast DTP will involve attendance at mandatory training events throughout the course of the PhD.

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed on 12/13 February 2018.

Successful candidates who meet RCUK's eligibility criteria will be awarded a NERC studentship - in 2017/18, the stipend is £14,553. In most cases, UK and EU nationals who have been resident in the UK for 3 years are eligible for a stipend. For non-UK EU-resident applicants NERC funding can be used to cover fees, RTSG and training costs, but not any part of the stipend. Individual institutes may, however, elect to provide a stipend from their own resources.

EnvEast welcomes applicants from quantitative disciplines who may have limited background in environmental sciences. Excellent candidates will be considered for an award of an additional 3-month stipend to take appropriate advanced-level courses in the subject area.

For further information, please visit www.enveast.ac.uk/apply

This job comes from a partnership with Science Magazine and Euraxess

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