Environmental Science Research Assistant Position

This page details a Research Assistant opportunity abroad in Environmental Science that will be available for application at DIS Copenhagen.

Investigating Past Conditions of the Greenland Ice Sheet Using Mathematical Models and Ice Core Data

Researcher: Susanne Buchardt
Focus: Environmental Science of the Arctic
DIS Location: Copenhagen
Starting: Fall 2018

About the Research:
What has influenced the flow of the Greenland ice sheet in different places? Several ice cores have been drilled through the Greenland ice sheet. These cores have been thoroughly analyzed leading to a wealth of information. The relationship between depth and age in an ice core differs between locations due to differences in snowfall, ice thickness, and ice flow patterns. This project will use mathematical models of how the ice moves down through the ice sheet to investigate the observed depth-age differences in order to explain why they may occur.

Learning Objectives Include:

  • Work in close collaboration with their researcher investigating different data sets and preparing them for use in computer models
  • Take an active part in adapting and expanding the existing models to the problem at hand
  • If time allows, carry out model simulations in MatLab software

The research is done in collaboration with researchers from the Centre for Ice and Climate, Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen University. There will be opportunities to visit and join presentations at the institute.

One mathematics course at university level. Demonstrated background/interest in environmental science or computer science preferred.

Researcher Bio:
Susanne Buchardt holds a Ph.D. in Glaciology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (2009). She has a strong interest in glaciology, climate change, and teaching and has pursued these interests through research at the Centre for Ice and Climate, fieldwork in Greenland and Antarctica, and teaching at the Centre for Ice and Climate and at DIS (since 2013). The focus of her research has been combining simple ice flow models with ice core data and remote sensing data to increase our understanding of the Greenland ice sheet.