Postdoctoral Fellow in Climate modelling and Paleoclimatology
Stockholm University, Department of Geological Sciences
The Department of Geological Sciences is one of the larger departments within the Faculty of Science with about 70 employees and 1000 students per year. The department supports a broad range of basic research within marine geoscience, geochemistry and classical geology. This position is in collaboration with colleagues at the Bolin Centre for Climate Research (BCCR, https://bolin.su.se/) and the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI).
Cryospheric Sciences (CR)
Ocean Sciences (OS)
The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world, in large because of the positive feedback of the sea-ice albedo. Adaption to sea-level rise and anticipation of the impacts on Arctic and global ocean circulation is hindered by uncertainty in the contribution from the shrinking Greenland ice-sheet (GIS). To gain a better understanding of the stability of the GIS and the Arctic sea-ice, scientists have turned to the Last Interglacial (LIG) as the last period significantly warmer than today. While forcing mechanisms for the LIG and modern/future warmth are different, i.e. the LIG was forced by different solar insolation, compared to higher greenhouse gas concentrations in the future, important lessons can be gained from understanding the process and impacts of warming on Arctic systems. The problem is that, despite significant attention in the past, current data and models paint a conflicting picture of the LIG Arctic cryosphere (both the sea ice and GIS), implying major gaps in our understanding of the physical process at play.
This postdoctoral researcher will work as part of an inter-disciplinary team of experts on paleoclimate modelling, paleoclimate data, and future climate modelling. The project’s primary goal is to simulate the LIG in the adapted EC-Earth global climate model at a ¼° ocean resolution, which is state of the art in paleoclimate modelling. Unlike previous studies, which typically compare the LIG climate to the pre-industrial climate, the LIG mean state and variability will be directly compared to a future greenhouse world of comparable warmth. The postdoctoral researcher will simulate the LIG climate with and without a GIS to evaluate which state fits the proxies best. For this purpose, an up-to-date synthesis of climate proxies for the LIG will be produced, including the generation (by collaborators) of 9 new sea-ice records as part of this project.
Applicants are expected to have a Swedish doctoral degree or equivalent degree from another country in oceanography, meteorology, applied mathematics or similar relevant to the project. The degree should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for applications.
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