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Postdoctoral fellowship in polar ocean modelling

The Georges Lemaître Centre for Earth and Climate Research (TECLIM; www.uclouvain.be/teclim) / Earth and Life Institute of the Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain), Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium is seeking a postdoctoral fellow for participation to the JPI Climate & Oceans project MEDLEY (MixED Layer hEterogeneitY) coordinated by the Laboratoire d’Océanographie Physique et Spatiale, Brest, France.

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Directors report – December 2020

It has been an unprecedented year in academia in 2020, a year where many people have been doing it tough in particular those of you in Victoria. The impact of COVID will take a long time to be fully realized of course, with impacts on our students, researchers, administration and technical teams that we could not anticipate.

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UMELB01: TRENDS OF FOSSIL FUEL AND POLLUTANT EMISSIONS IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN CITIES BASED ON SATELLITE DATA AND MACHINE LEARNING

In this project the student will apply a new algorithm to map the expansion of cities across Southeast Asia. Combining this with proxies of energy consumption and fossil fuel emission the student will establish trends in regional emissions and project these emission trends into the future.

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MON02: THE ANTARCTIC OZONE HOLE AND AUSTRALIAN RAINFALL

In this project you will investigate the competing effects the Antarctic ozone hole and increasing greenhouse gases have on the Australian summer season rainfall, using the latest climate models. These are now available on the National Computing Infrastructure (NCI) supercomputer and are being used as input into the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Report.

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CSIRO03: Exploring the dynamics of decadal variability and transitions in climate teleconnections

This project will focus on the connection between conceptual climate models and high resolution general circulation models (GCMs). The student will analyse simplified models that represent teleconnection behaviour and calibrate them to reflect the settings of a GCM. The student will also have access to high dimensional GCM output and can compare an ensemble of “real-world” simulations to the behaviour of the conceptual model using statistical methods.

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CSIRO02: Analysing long tide gauge records in Australia in conjunction with the 20th Century reanalysis to better understand how extreme events and by association extreme sea level events are changing

Understanding historical changes in extreme sea levels is necessary for the accurate projection of their changes over the next century. This project will look at digitized sea level data, to better understand the causes of extreme sea levels the southern Australian region and how these events vary over the duration of the record.

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