How warm can you go? Modelling polar amplification in past climates

About the project or challenge area

Today's rapidly warming Arctic provides a motivation to understand how and why the polar regions have warmed in the past. In this project we will use recent modelling results from the Paleoclimate Modelling Intercomparison Project, coupled with the latest reconstructions of past marine and continental temperatures, to understand how and why the polar regions have warmed in Earth's history, from the baking "greenhouse" of the Eocene, ~50 million years ago, to the transition out of the last ice age, ~20 thousand years ago.

You will also be working with Dr Jess Tierney, Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona.

Why choose this opportunity?

You will gain experience and skills in manipulating and analysing large data, in the form of model output from multiple climate models, and in interpreting and synthesising paleoclimate data. You will become experienced in Linux and other software, in particular for visualising climate outputs.

About you

You will need a passion for climate science, and an interest in Earth's past history.

How to apply

All students can apply using the button below, following the Cabot Masters by Research Admission Statement. Please note that this is an advertised project, which means you only have to complete Section A of the Research Statement.

Before applying, we recommend getting in touch with the project's supervisors. If you are interested in this project and would like to learn more about the research you will be undertaking, please use the contact details on this page.


Your supervisor for this project will be Dan Lunt, Professor of Climate Science in the School of Geographical Sciences. You can contact him at +44 117 331 7483 or email


Your co-supervisor for this project will be Sebastian Steinig in the School of Geographical Sciences. You can email him

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