Our health during heatwaves – is climate change responsible?

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Heatwaves have adverse health impacts on Australians. Recent heatwaves have incurred severe health burdens, which are likely to worsen under a warmer climate. This project will examine the influence of anthropogenic climate change on health impacts of Australians during heatwaves. It will involve investigating high-impact events and determining vulnerable demographics and exacerbated diseases. Analyses of climate (e.g. observations and projections from climate models) and human health (e.g. hospital admissions) data will be undertaken for various regional and temporal scales. Once health impacts of significant heatwaves are isolated, cutting-edge detection and attribution methods will determine the role of anthropogenic climate change.

IDEAL CANDIDATE

The ideal candidate will have a keen interest in the global impacts of heatwaves, and detection and attribution methods. They must be enthusiastic about communicating the findings of their research beyond the climate science community to stakeholders and the general public. Innovative methods to successfully communicate their findings to a wide audience are welcomed, inclusive of cross-discipline initiatives. The candidate will work closely with UNSW’s grand challenge on climate change – their scientific findings will support knowledge conveyed by the grand challenge, and they will actively contribute to the public debate around climate change.

The successful candidate will also have a Bachelor’s degree in atmospheric science, maths, physics, or a related field, with a high GPA. They will have either a masters or first class honors degree in a similar field. Graduates with a background in climate or atmospheric science, or similar quantitative sciences are welcome, as well as those from epidemiological sciences. While having experience in both fields is desirable, it is not essential. They must have some programming experience in analytical languages such as MATLAB, R or Python. A background in model development and/or statistics is desirable but not essential. Students with prior research and/or work experience in climate science will be given priority.
Supervisory team
Sarah
Perkins-Kirkpatrick

Science
Climate Change Research Centre
Sophie
Lewis

Science
Physical, Environmental & Mathematical Science
Melissa
Hart

Science
Climate Change Research Centre
sarah.kirkpatrick@unsw.edu.au