RoSES

23 funded PhD projects linked to #RoSES_CUSTARD at NOC

Funded PhD projects in Ocean Biogeochemistry & Ecology at the National Oceanography Centre

Up to 23 funded PhD studentships are available to study ocean biogeochemistry and ecology at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton.

The Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems group at NOC is globally renowned as a leading centre of excellence in marine science. In the group, biologists, ecologists, numerical modellers, remote sensing specialists and bio geochemists work together to address the most significant problems in biogeochemical and ecological oceanography.
For further information on projects, please see webpages below or contact supervisors directly.

For details on how to apply, please see the relevant page for funding (noted against each project):
SPITFIRE: http://www.spitfire.ac.uk/how-apply
NEXUSS: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/nexuss/apply/index.page
ERC: http://noc.ac.uk/gsnocs/project/observing-biological-carbon-pump-autonomousunderwater-vehicles-0
All students will be registered at the University of Southampton (UoS).

For projects see: https://noc.ac.uk/files/documents/science/OBE_projects_NOC_2018.pdf

*** The closing dates for applications are 5th (SPITFIRE) and 26th (NEXUSS) January 2018 ***

PhD studentship @ueaenv for #RoSES_PICCOLO – 8th Jan 2018

The role of sea ice in the Southern Ocean carbon sink using novel biogeochemical sensors.

Project supervisor: Dorothee Bakker.

Secondary supervisors:
1. Dr Martin Johnson (UEA)
2. Dr Bastien Queste (UEA)
3. Dr Hugh Venables (British Antarctic Survey)
4. Dr Mario Hoppema (Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research)
5. Dr Giorgio Dall’Olmo (Plymouth Marine Laboratory)

Start date of project: While a start date of 1 July 2018 is preferable, a start date of 1 October would be possible(or any date between these 2 dates).

See FindAPhD.com for more info and to apply

Deadline 8th January 2018

Project Description

Sea ice plays an important role in Southern Ocean carbon dynamics (Bakker et al., 2008). For example, sea ice reduces CO2 (carbon dioxide) outgassing in winter, as studied at the Rothera Antarctic Timeseries (RaTS) on the West Antarctic Peninsula (Legge et al., 2015). The PICCOLO research project (2017-2022) will investigate processes influencing ocean carbon uptake in the seasonally ice-covered Weddell Gyre, a cyclonic gyre in the Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean. It will combine a ship-based process cruise with biogeochemical sensors on gliders, floats, seals and Autosub. The sensor data will provide year-round information on the changes to watermass carbon as water upwells, is modified in the upper ocean and sinks to form Antarctic Bottom Water.

This PhD research project has these objectives:
• To quantify ocean CO2 uptake during the pre-conditioning and formation of Antarctic Bottom Water
• To determine seasonal and year-to-year variation in the CO2 sink and their drivers in seasonally ice covered waters

You will deploy biogeochemical floats and take samples in the Weddell Gyre on the ice breaker R.V. Polarstern (December 2018 – February 2019), ahead of the main PICCOLO cruise, subject to a successful medical and sea survival training. You will carry out and interpret carbonate chemistry analyses on Polarstern and RaTS samples. You will evaluate biogeochemical sensor measurements against shipboard measurements (e.g. Dall’Olmo et al., 2016). You will quantify the processes affecting ocean carbon uptake in the Weddell Gyre and at RaTS (Legge et al., 2017).

This project of global significance includes training in seagoing research, use of novel sensors, chemical analyses and scientific data interpretation. You will collaborate with dynamic research teams at University of East Anglia, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, the British Antarctic Survey and the Alfred Wegener Institute. You will present your findings at (inter-)national scientific conferences, in peer-reviewed scientific publications and a PhD thesis.

We seek an enthusiastic, pro-active team player with strong scientific interests and self-motivation. You will have at least a 2.1 honours degree in physics, chemistry, mathematics, computing, or a branch of environmental science.

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.

PhD position @ueaenv #RoSES_PICCOLO – 16th Jan 2018

Observing the Antarctic Slope Undercurrent using ocean gliders.

Physical processes on the continental shelf and slope around Antarctica are crucially important for determining future sea level rise, for setting the properties and volume of dense bottom water exported globally, and for regulating the carbon cycle. Yet our ability to model and predict these processes over future decades is still rudimentary. This lack of understanding originates from a paucity of observations in this inaccessible region. This PhD is part of the ERC-funded COMPASS project, in which we will use new technology – autonomous underwater vehicles called gliders – to observe and understand processes on the Antarctic shelf and slope.

The boundary between shelf waters and those offshore is marked by the Antarctic Slope Front, associated with a westward surface current. Beneath this, an eastward undercurrent, located on the continental slope, has been revealed by the limited observations in this region. The dynamics of the undercurrent are hypothesised though not yet demonstrated. It is believed to be almost circumpolar, and may play an important role in bringing warm water onto the continental shelf.

For more information and to apply, please go to FindaPhD.com

PhD position #2 – University of Exeter – 7th Jan 2018 #RoSES_PICCOLO

From Marine Aerosol Emissions to Global Climate Change.

About the award:
This project is one of a number that are in competition for funding from the NERC Great Western Four+ Doctoral Training Partnership (GW4+ DTP). The GW4+ DTP consists of the Great Western Four alliance of the University of Bath, University of Bristol, Cardiff University and the University of Exeter plus six Research Organisation partners: British Antarctic Survey, British Geological Survey, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, the Met Office, the Natural History Museum and Plymouth Marine Laboratory. The partnership aims to provide a broad training in earth and environmental sciences, designed to train tomorrow’s leaders in earth and environmental science. For further details about the programme please see http://nercgw4plus.ac.uk/

Location: Streatham Campus, Exeter

 

For more information and to apply – please see here.

Deadline 7th January 2018

PhD position available – University of Exeter – 7th Jan 2018

Drones for Understanding Carbon Uptake in Sea-Ice Covered Antarctic Waters

NERC DTP studentship Ref: 2796

This project is one of a number that are in competition for funding from the NERC Great Western Four+ Doctoral Training Partnership (GW4+ DTP).  The GW4+ DTP consists of the Great Western Four alliance of the University of Bath, University of Bristol, Cardiff University and the University of Exeter plus six Research Organisation partners:  British Antarctic Survey, British Geological Survey, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, the Met Office, the Natural History Museum and Plymouth Marine Laboratory.  The partnership aims to provide a broad training in earth and environmental sciences, designed to train tomorrow’s leaders in earth and environmental science. For further details about the programme please see http://nercgw4plus.ac.uk/

The studentships will provide funding for a stipend which is currently £14,553 per annum for 2017-2018, research costs and UK/EU tuition fees at Research Council UK rates for 42 months (3.5 years) for full-time students, pro rata for part-time students.

Supervisors:

Main Supervisor: Dr Jamie Shutler, Geography, University of Exeter
Co-Supervisor: Dr Tom Bell, Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML)
Co-Supervisor:  Dr Karen Anderson, University of Exeter (UoE, Exeter DroneLab)

Location: Penryn Campus, Cornwall

 

See Exeter website for more information and to apply.

Deadline 7th January 2018

PhD position – UEA – 8th January 2018

Variability in Antarctic waters: searching for fingerprints of winter-time processes in the Southern Ocean

Applications are now open for PhD studentships starting in October 2018 at UEA.

Project Supervisor: Professor Karen Heywood

University of East Anglia – School of Environmental Sciences

k.heywood@uea.ac.uk

Deadline 8 January 2018

For more information and to apply, please see the UEA page:

Variability in Antarctic waters: searching for fingerprints of winter-time processes in the Southern Ocean

 

Figure: Winter Water temperature [A] and salinity [B].

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PICCOLO kick-off meeting

The PICCOLO team have met at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory for their Kick-Off meeting on the 6th-8th November 2017. Updates on talks and discussions are on @RoSES_ocean and #RoSES_PICCOLO.

2017-11-07 15.44.14

 

About RoSES

The Southern Ocean is one of the most important and poorly understood components of the global carbon cycle that profoundly shapes Earth’s climate. It is the primary hot spot for the oceanic sink of anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2), having captured half of all human-related carbon that has entered the ocean to date. As a major knowledge gap and a central player in global carbon and climate dynamics, the Southern Ocean carbon system is regularly singled out as the Achilles’ heel of the Earth system models upon which humankind relies to understand contemporary climate change, predict its future evolution, and define international climate policy.

NERC is investing £7 million in this five-year research programme, which aims to substantially reduce uncertainty in 21st century global climate change projections through improved assessment of the Southern Ocean carbon sink and to provide the scientific basis to inform international climate policy on the role of the Southern Ocean in 21st century global climate change.

PICCOLO kick-off meeting

The PICCOLO project is now getting underway with the Kick-Off meeting to be held next week – the 6th – 9th November 2017

It is being organised by Tom Bell at Plymouth Marine Laboratory

New website

RoSES is a new consortium of three projects: CUSTARD, PICCOLO, and SONATA – funded under a NERC directed programme.

Please bear with us while we build up this site.