Atmospheric convection modelling and observation
(Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC), ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes)
Convection in the atmosphere is a high-Reynolds-number chaotic flow, complicated by phase changes of water which lead to localised heating and drag forces. We use explicit numerical simulations to explore its behaviour in idealised settings so as to develop and test better convection models that can be used to more accurately determine it’s role in weather and climate changes including extreme rainfall. We also simulate realistic situations to better interpret observations, and explore the global implications of convective behaviour. Student projects are possible that involve working with big data, machine learning, development and testing of simple theoretical models, and examination of satellite, radar and/or other meteorological observations. Note that other staff in the CCRC may also be available to supervise projects in other areas of environmental physics such as ocean, land surface or larger-scale geophysical fluid dynamics.