Member Profile

Taimoor Sohail

PhD Student

Research School of Earth Sciences (RSES)
Australian National University
+61 2 6125 9961
taimoor.sohail@anu.edu.au

Biography

Taimoor received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lafayette College, USA in 2014. He worked for two years in climate change policy and planning in Islamabad, Pakistan, before beginning his PhD at the Australian National University in 2016. He works under the supervision of Dr. Andy Hogg and Dr. Bishakhdatta Gayen on high resolution modelling of convection in the Southern Ocean.

THESIS: Can convection drive Southern Ocean circulation?

Using a high resolution simulation, we quantify the impact of small-scale turbulence and convection on the energetics and flow dynamics of the Southern Ocean. Modern ocean models cannot resolve small-scale flow features such as turbulent convection. The outputs from these models are subsequently used to inform research into climate extremes. Therefore, there remains significant uncertainty on how small-scale flows can modify ocean circulation and by extension impact the occurrence and frequency of climate extremes. Our project seeks to shed light on the phenomenon of convection from a geophysical perspective, hopefully answering some of these key questions.