Disentangling the coupling of convection and tropical waves

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe, Germany
Closing date: not specified

The Cloud Physics and Atmospheric Dynamics groups at the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), offers a PhD position within Phase 2 of the collaborative research center “Waves to Weather” (W2W). The groups are internationally renowned for their work on cloud microphysics and tropical meteorology.

This PhD position contributes to project B6 “New data assimilation approaches to better predict tropical convection”.

Weather prediction in the tropics remains one of the most challenging issues in modern weather forecasting with errors in operational analysis typically maximizing in the tropics. In project B6 of W2W, particular attention will be paid to the coupling of convection (and thus rainfall) with tropical waves. This coupling is suspected to provide a potential source of predictability on synoptic to planetary scales. We combine approaches from data assimilation, cloud microphysics, and atmospheric dynamics to answer what limits practical predictability in the tropics and how we can narrow the gap between practical and intrinsic predictability in the tropics.

The ideal candidate holds a MSc in Meteorology, Physics, or a related field and has already some experience in numerical modeling and/or in the analysis of large data sets. Besides very good knowledge of English, experience with Fortran, Unix, and statistics software would be an advantage.

The position is initially funded for 3 years with possible extension until June 2023 and should start as soon as possible. It is remunerated according to TV-L E13 (75%). Applicants are asked to specify their desired starting date and to give the contact details of two academic referees.

Primary supervisors: Prof. Dr. Peter Knippertz and Prof. Dr. Corinna Hoose
Other project leader: PD Dr. Tijana Janjic-Pfander


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