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Ph.D Student Opportunity in Ecosystem Modelling

Ph.D  Student Opportunity in Ecosystem Modelling - McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

The School of Geography and Earth Science, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada is seeking applications for a Ph.D student to work on Terrestrial Ecosystem Modelling studies.  

The main objective of this work test and further develop the nitrogen (N) cycle coupled Canada Land Surface Scheme - Canadian Terrestrial Ecosystem Model (CLASS-CTEM+N) and to explore biogeochemical and hydrological feedbacks and quantify uncertainties in carbon, water and energy budgets using observed data from flux tower sites associated with global Fluxnet ( CLASS-CTEM model is part of the Canadian Earth System Model (Can-ESM2).  Selected student will have opportunities to collaborate with researchers and partners associated with the McMaster Centre for Climate Change ( and Climate Research Branch, Environment Canada. 

Qualified candidates should submit resume, copies of their B.Sc and M.Sc transcripts or grade sheets and names of two referees to Dr. Altaf Arain This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Review of the applications will begin immediately. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible before Fall 2016. Applicants should have a background in land surface schemes or vegetation ecosystem models and strong analytical and programming skills using FORTRAN. Familiarity with Matlab or R, NetCDF and UNIX platforms is also desired.

Preference will be given to Canada citizens or permanent residents. International applicants with exceptionally strong academic record and relevant background may also be considered.

Great Lakes and Climate Change!

"Climatologists, using the General Circulation Model (GCM), have attempted to estimate how the increase of carbon dioxide emissions will affect the climate in the Great Lakes basin. Several of these models show that at twice the carbon dioxide level, the climate of the basin will be warmer by 2-4°C than at present. Warmer climates mean increased evaporation from the lake surfaces, and evapotranspiration from the land surface of the basin. Due to evaporation, the resulting decreases in average lake levels are predicted to be from half a metre to two metres, depending on the model used." - from a recent article "Adapting to a changing climate: A Great lakes imperative" by one of our members, Dr.Gail Krantzberg discusses some adaptation measures. To read more Click HERE.

To learn more about Dr.Krantzberg's research, please visit her research website.



Great Lakes Policy Research

Fall 2015 Public Lecture

Please Join us for our free annual Fall 2015 Public Lecture. This year the topic is Climate and Water Risk. The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion. This event is organized in partnership with McMaster Water Week and UNU-INWEH's Another Drop Lecture Series.

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World Water Day 2015 at McMaster

Join us for World Water Day 2015 at McMaster University!

A number of events have been organized for the day: a field trip and a panel discussion - see poster below for more details (or download as pdf attachment here).

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