August 14, 2018 | Published by |

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Location: UNSW

Time: Part time student throughout the academic year or a full-time student over mid-semester/trimester breaks

 

The climate during the last glacial was highly variable switching between very cold episodes (stadials) and slightly warmer episodes (interstadials). Some of the coldest stadials were associated with Heinrich Events – climate events during which iceberg discharges in the North Atlantic most likely led to a weakening of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation.

While being often referred as an entity, there are potentially significant differences within these “Heinrich events”, including the mechanisms that triggered these events, and their impact on the climate system.

The student will gather published proxy data for a few of the most prominent events and compare these with existing climate model simulations. The aim of this project is to quantify the main differences between these events in terms of ocean circulation changes, and climate impacts.

Requirements: Outstanding analytical skills and familiarity with either Matlab or Python are necessary.

 

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