What was wrong with meteorology, climatology, or atmospheric physics? Or is this a wheeze to get more mathematicians in on the CAGW action? One thinks of Gavin Schmidt and shudders.
‘Climate change represents an urgent challenge for humanity. Quantifying uncertainty in long‐term climate prediction and estimating the potential strength of extreme meteorological events in the face of global warming are very difficult research questions, with large economic and societal impacts that will only grow in the future.
In response to this challenge, Imperial College London and the University of Reading have joined forces to create the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in the Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE).
Students in the MPE CDT will receive cohort-based PhD training in the mathematical and computational techniques needed to understand, predict and quantify risk and uncertainty for extreme weather and climate change. In particular, our PhD students will receive training which ranges from the data-driven domain represented by statistics, to the model-driven domain represented by analysis and mechanics.’
Now what is MPE cohort-based PhD training if it is not a high-volume production line for Schmidt Mark IIs? The job market for them may not be that promising, according to Josh:
A recent advert for students notes:
‘The MPE CDT offers an exciting opportunity to research all aspects of mathematics and statistics relevant to the study of weather, oceans and climate. The MPE CDT is a 1+3 year funded PhD programme, with the first year taking the form of an MRes (Masters by Research) course, leading to a jointly awarded degree from Imperial College London and the University of Reading. The following 3 years focus on the PhD project, and lead to the award of a PhD. The MPE CDT would like to receive applications from those who have (or expect to receive) a first class degree in mathematics, statistics, physics or closely related subject (or equivalent from other countries). No prior knowledge of environmental science is required. ‘
Meanwhile, across the Atlantic in New York, Gavin himself has popped up through a hole in the floor to captivate high school pupils with tales of his life and work:
You too could be like him, and make a good living out of scaring people. More details, including exclusive pictures of live prototypes, here: http://mpecdt.org/