School of Mathematics and Statistics
Research projects are available across a wide range of areas of geophysical fluid dynamics, including, but not limited to the following:
1. Three dimensional vortex dynamics: the stability and interactions of coherent vortices in a Boussinesq fluid; the spontaneous generation of unbalanced flows from unsteady balanced flows.
2. Geostrophic turbulence: the formation and maintenance of zonal jets in atmospheres and oceans and their interaction with waves and eddies; mixing properties and zonal jets as transport barriers.
3. Large-scale dynamics of the Earth's atmosphere and climate: coupling processes between the stratosphere and troposphere, and between tropical and midlatitudes; atmospheric transport and mixing.
4. Internal solitary waves in the Ocean: numerical and experimental modelling of (i) re-suspension events associated with internal solitary waves and (ii) the interaction between surface waves and internal waves.
5. Fundamentals of hydrodynamic and magnetohydrodynamic turbulence: theory of energy transfer, dissipation, and solution regularity; direct numerical simulation of turbulent cascades in two and three dimensions.
6. Numerical methods in geophysical fluid dynamics.
Potential funding is available to exceptional candidates via UK EPSRC doctoral training grants. Applications are also invited on an ongoing basis for PhD positions.
Informal enquiries are welcome to any current member of the group. Formal applications should be made to the University of St Andrews via the electronic application form available at http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/admissions/pg/.
Further information about the Vortex Dynamics Research Group is available at http://www-vortex.mcs.st-and.ac.uk.