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Durham University

Department of Geography

News Archive

Post Doctoral Research Associate - Ref: 1523

(8 August 2006)

The Department of Geography at Durham University wishes to appoint a full time post-doctoral research associate to work on a 15 month research project awarded by NERC to Dr A. Vieli. The primary aim of this research is to better understand the current rapid thinning and flow acceleration of outlet glaciers of the Greenland ice sheet and assess their future dynamical response to climate change. This will be addressed by further development of an existing time-dependent numerical flowline model and applying it to two rapidly changing Greenland outlet glaciers with excellent observational data - Helheim Glacier (East Greenland) and Jakobshavn Isbrae (West Greenland).

The specific objectives of the modelling are to (1) determine the response of the flow to an initial front retreat and investigate the upstream propagation of the resulting thinning with time and (2) to investigate the feedback mechanisms involved in the retreat of the calving front/grounding line and their implications on the future behaviour by including a freely evolving grounding line. The model results will be compared with data from remote sensing provided by project Partners.

Salary: Grade 6/7 £20842-£25633/£26402-£31525

Closing date: 31st August 2006