The jet stream is a band of strong westerly winds in the upper atmosphere. The behaviour of the jet is the dominant source of variability in weather patterns across much of the midlatitudes. But the jet is variable, both in position (latitude and/or longitude) and in maximum wind speeds. The jet also varies between strong and steady, and weak and variable. Shifts in the jet are associated with shifts in the storm tracks, with associated changes in regional weather and rainfall. This project will look at methods to characterise the position and strength of the jet stream in the Southern Hemisphere, with a focus on changes in the Australian region with time.
Project period: Summer, negotiable start date of 1 December 2021
To apply: the Undergraduate Scholarship application form can be found here