Analytic detection of coherent fluid dynamical structure in meteorological data

Project description

CFD simulations of turbulent meteorological phenomena often exhibit complex but coherent structures ranging from columnar sheets through plumes to toroidal vortex rings. Knowledge of such structures is critical in the development of quantitative methods for analysis of atmospheric flows, for instance in the representation of convective fluxes for weather and climate prediction models. A key task in understanding and analysing such simulations is the automatic identification and classification of the coherent features.

This project will involve analysis of meteorological simulations using topological flow visualisation methods. Among the effective techniques for feature detection are analyses of scalar-valued functions in the simulation, of derived scalar functions such as the q-criterion, of pairs of scalar functions, or of vector-valued functions. Each of these analyses can be expected to derive insight into the underlying phenomena, but requires adaptation to the particular scientific problem. Moreover, topological analyses also tend to depend on geometric properties, so the project will involve detailed analysis of topological, geometric and integrable properties of the output functions. We will classify flow structure as a function of the larger-scale drivers.

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1), and/ or a Master's degree in a relevant subject. We also recognise relevant industrial and academic experience.

How to apply

Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the university's website. Please state clearly in the research information section of your application, the name of the PhD you wish to apply for is 'Analytic detection of coherent fluid dynamical structure in meteorological data' as well as Dr Hamish Carr as your proposed supervisor. In the funding section, please state 'School of Computing Funded Studentships' as your sponsor.

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.

We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates.  All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.

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