• Prof Matthew England (
  • Dr Paul Spence (

Location: University of New South Wales (Sydney)

Ocean uptake of heat poses a great threat to global and regional sea-level rise via both thermal expansion and the melting of the polar ice caps.  Yet our understanding of the way the oceans absorb and redistribute heat, and how this will vary regionally, remains fragmented.   In this project the vacation scholar will use models, observations and theory to better understand the processes driving ocean heat uptake in the Southern Ocean, with particular applications to sea-level rise.    The ideal student will have a strong background in physics and mathematics and preferably some familiarity with computational methods in a relevant discipline of science.

If you are interested in this project, please fill out the application form.