UK: PhD Research Studentship
Hurricane and Global Climate Change
Supervisor: Dr. D.N. Thomas and Dr. Norman Kin Wai Cheung
Global warming raises the mean sea surface temperature, and measurements have shown an increase of approximately 0.4C since 1900. Theoretically, wider ocean areas will be with a surface temperature of over 26.5C, above which tropical cyclones can form. This makes some scientists believe that hurricanes are getting stronger (e.g. Webster, Holland, Curry and Chang, 2005) while some (e.g. Landsea and Nicholls, 1996) showed a downward trend in the frequency of intense Atlantic hurricanes during the past five decades.
This study aims to investigate the physical relationship between hurricane activity and the global climate change, to evaluate the impact of future hurricane activity and to develop knowledge of hurricane disaster in order to put forth hypotheses on disaster management.
This project is open to students who have, or expect to obtain in 2006, a good honours degree (1st, 2:1 or their equivalent), or an MRes or MSc in an appropriate subject. Information on how to apply can be obtained from Dr. Stella Bignold, School of Earth Sciences and Geography, Kingston University, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 2EE, United Kingdom (tel: +44-20-8547-8850
or email: s.bignold@...).
Candidates are encouraged to contact the second-named supervisor (k.w.cheung@...) to discuss the project before applying. Information about the School can be found on our website at http://www.kingston.ac.uk/esg/
The closing date for applications will be 31 March, 2006, and
interviews are expected to be held in early May.
Norman Kin-Wai Cheung
B.A.(Hons), MPhil, DPhil, FMetS, FRGS
Environmental Hazards and Disaster Management
School of Earth Sciences and Geography
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 2EE
Tel: +44 (0)20 8547 7510 (Office)