PhD Studentship – Understanding the global economic impact of Arctic marine change.

Applications Closed. A PhD Studentship is available at the British Antarctic Survey in conjunction with the University of Cambridge, to better calculate the economic cost of change in the Arctic marine environment.

John King (Primary supervisor at BAS)
Douglas Crawford-Brown, Chris Hope (Main supervisors at University of Cambridge)

The Arctic system is in a state of accelerated change. It has been clearly shown that Arctic change impacts the local, regional and global climate through complex coupling mechanisms within the Earth system. It is predicted that commercial investment in the Arctic could reach $100bn or more in the coming decade. This ‘industrialisation of the Arctic’ seems to be driven by a combination of climate change and the ever-increasing demand and price of oil and minerals. The environmental, socio-economic, and geopolitical consequences of Arctic change will be considerable. There is however a significant level of uncertainty about the Arctic’s future, socially, environmentally and economically.

The EU have funded a €12M programme of research that aims to understand and quantify socio-economic impact of these changes on the Arctic marine environment. Our programme ICE-ARC (Ice, Climate, and Economics – Arctic Research on Change) will assess the climatic (sea ice, ocean, atmosphere and ecosystem), economic, and social impacts of these stresses on regional and global scales.

The successful candidate for our PhD Scholarship will work within an international, multidisciplinary team of scientists, to better calculate the economic cost of change in the Arctic marine environment. Objectives include:
- Modify the leading Integrated Assessment Model (IAM), PAGE09 (see UK Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, 2006), to include a better physical representation of key Arctic processes, the impact of the industrial sectors, and extreme weather events, including understanding how uncertainties can be reduced and quantified.
- Assess the social and economic impacts of changes to the Arctic marine environment, and identify key socio-economic vulnerabilities and opportunities, both globally and regionally.
- Value the impacts of Arctic-related climate change and the costs of policies to mitigate and adapt to the changing Arctic marine environment.
Taken as a whole, the project will help deliver an unprecedented economic perspective to Arctic change, and for the first time, estimate the effects of Arctic change on the global economy.

Qualifications: It is expected that you will possess a 2:1 or higher, although appropriate experience will also be taken into account. Candidates will be considered with good oral and written skills, and a strong background one or more of the following disciplines: economics, mathematics, policy, physics, statistics, or computer science. Knowledge of climate processes would be an advantage, as would fluency in a programming language.

Funding and arrangements: The successful candidate will be enrolled in the University of Cambridge, and must be willing to travel within Europe.
Funding for a three year period is available for a standard University of Cambridge PhD studentship. College fees at the University of Cambridge will be met by the British Antarctic Survey for UK/EC nationals. Applications from outside the EC are welcomed; however the difference in international College fees must be met by the candidate.

The studentship will be based at the British Antarctic Survey with close collaboration with University of Cambridge and the Erasmus University Rotterdam School of Management.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome.

Applications for this anticipated studentship should be addressed to Jeremy Wilkinson, include a covering letter, CV, and the e-mail addresses of two referees and sent to Please quote reference number BASDTGICEARC

Closing date for applications is 22nd April 2014.

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Researcher with Norwegian Meteorological Institute in Tromsø

Applications Closed. The position is associated with the European Commission 7th Framework project “Ice, Climate, and Economics – Arctic Research on Change” (ICE-ARC) and the analysis of passive microwave satellite sea ice concentration datasets and optical satellite images. The successful applicant will be expected to work on other applied science and development for the Ice Service, as well as other projects. The Ice Service produces high resolution ice charts of the European and Weddell Sea sectors of the Arctic and Antarctic respectively. In addition it is also engaged in research projects for national and international funding agencies as well as commercial clients.

Work Areas:

  • Analysis of passive microwave satellite sea ice concentration datasets from various providers to determine variability of errors during the summer period. This should be done with cross-reference to optical satellite data from sensors including AVHRR and MODIS.
  • Development of geospatial data processing software including ice charting tools.
  • Research on national and international research projects.
  • Analysis of ice conditions for Ice Service customers.


The following qualifications are essential:

  • Education to postgraduate level (Masters) or higher in a geoscience discipline.
  • Experience with software development in Python.
  • Experience with application development using Geographic Information System (GIS) software libraries.
  • Research background utilising passive microwave satellite sensor (e.g. SMMR, SSM/I, AMSR-E or SSMIS) sea ice concentration datasets and optical satellite sensors (e.g. AVHRR and MODIS).
  • Experience with national and international collaboration on project work including writing papers, reports and proposals.
  • Ability to develop solutions to set goals.
  • Good teamwork skills.
  • Good skills in written and oral communication in English.

The following skills are desirable but candidates not fulfilling these requirements must demonstrate a willingness to engage in further training:

  • Experience working with Linux-based PC systems.
  • Good skills in written and oral communication in Norwegian. This is because although the project work will be conducted in English, the working language of the office is Norwegian.

Working Conditions:

  • Good working environment
  • Scientific challenges in a modern, technological environment
  • Salary on the governmental salary scales dependent on qualifications and experience
  • Membership in the National Pension Fund (2% deducted from gross salary)
  • 6 months probation.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. It is an objective that the staff of the Norwegian Meteorological Institute must reflect the population in general, in terms of gender and cultural diversity. All appointments will be made on merit.

For further information about the position please contact the Regional Director, Helge Tangen (Tel: +47 77 62 13 00,  or the Leader of the Ice Service, Nick Hughes (Tel: +47 77 62 13 15,

Deadline: 24. February 2014

Applications must be submitted electronically: see under “Open positions” (

Please include a CV and names of two references, and if applicable, a list of relevant publications.

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