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SURF: Announcements of Opportunity

Below are Announcements of Opportunity posted by Caltech faculty and JPL technical staff for the SURF program.

Each AO indicates whether or not it is open to non-Caltech students. If an AO is NOT open to non-Caltech students, please DO NOT contact the mentor.

Announcements of Opportunity are posted as they are received. Please check back regularly for new AO submissions! Remember: This is just one way that you can go about identifying a suitable project and/or mentor. Click here for more tips on finding a mentor.

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New for 2021: Students applying for JPL projects should complete a SURF@JPL application instead of a "regular" SURF application.

Students pursuing opportunities at JPL must be
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Project:  Ocean-ice interactions in the polar oceans
Disciplines:  Environmental Science and Engineering, Climate Science
Mentor:  Andrew Thompson, Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, (GPS), andrewt@caltech.edu, Phone: 626-395-8345
Mentor URL:  http://web.gps.caltech.edu/~andrewt/  (opens in new window)
Background:  There are opportunities for one or more students to contribute to our group's efforts in studying aspects of ocean-ice interactions in the polar oceans. Both observational-based and numerical-based projects are available based on the students interests and skills.
Description:  Over the past few years, our group has been involved in collecting and analyzing data sets from the Arctic and Southern Ocean from both autonomous and marine mammal platforms. Work with these data sets would require learning about identifying water masses and the processes, e.g. air-sea and ocean-ice interactions, that modify water properties.

Our group also uses and develops process-based models to explore the impact of high-latitude processes in the global overturning circulation. Potential projects would involve further modification of these codes to include additional physical processes.
Student Requirements:  Applicants should have experience working with Matlab or Python. A background in fluid dynamics, oceanography, or other environmental sciences is helpful, but not required.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    both Caltech and non-Caltech students 

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