PhD project opportunity: Ice shelf disintegration

Are you interested in research that is motivated by compelling evidence that ice-shelf vibrations forced by ocean waves can trigger catastrophic disintegration? 

This PhD project is an opportunity to develop mathematical and numerical models of Antarctic ice-shelf vibrations and resulting growth of cracks/rifts, and use the models to predict ice-shelf breakup and disintegration. The research is motivated by compelling evidence that ice-shelf vibrations forced by ocean waves lead to icequakes, major calving events, and trigger catastrophic disintegration. Damage and loss of ice shelves have the alarming potential to cause rapid sea level rise, far above current estimates.

The project involves collaborations in Australia (including the Australian Antarctic Division and Bureau of Meteorology) and overseas (including Colorado, Harvard and Princeton). Opportunities are available for domestic and international travel, to participate in conferences and for research visits.

Ice shelf

At a glance

  • Total annual stipend: $28,092 for 3.5 years
  • Start date: Ready to start now

Eligibility criteria

  • The project is appropriate for those interested in dynamics, modelling and computation, and application to Antarctic science.
  • Programming skills in MatLab or equivalent are desirable.
  • Applications are open to Australian citizens, onshore international students and international applicants

More information and how to apply

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