July 19, 2019 | Published by |


  • Jan Zika (School of Maths and Stats, UNSW), 
  • Ryan Holmes (CCRC/School of Maths and Stats, UNSW)

Description of Research Project:

Understanding how much and to what depth heat will be pumped into the ocean is critical to predict future surface-temperature and sea-level rise. This study will investigate vertical heat transport in the ocean using novel thermodynamic diagrams.

Using such diagrams, which have origins in classical thermodynamics, one can relate the circulation to surface heating and cooling processes and mixing. The diagrams also lend themselves to the application of novel image processing/unsupervised machine learning techniques.

The student will make use of the most recent observations and combine these novel machine learning and image processing techniques to understand the drivers of recent ocean change.

Contact details

  • Ryan Holmes ( ryan.holmes@unsw.edu.au )
  • Jan Zika ( j.zika@unsw.edu.au )