Closed: 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

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.


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

Closed: 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

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].


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.

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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.

Pre-prep for CUSTARD

The CUSTARD project doesn’t officially start until the 1st April 2018, so this section might be a little quiet for a while.

There is however much to organise and decide so they’ve had their first conference call on the 12th October – starting to plan what measurements to take and when. NERC are busy scheduling the cruises for the next couple of years, so hopefully we’ll know soon what the plans are.