Description du poste

The goal of the postdoctoral project is to improve the accuracy of the spectral wave model WaveWatchIII (polar.ncep.noaa.gov/waves/wavewatch/) in modeling extreme sea states by focusing on the parametrisation of wave breaking energy dissipation. Using observations of large and breaking wave sea states, which have been recorded during the project from the Jument Lighthouse (Filipot et al., 2019), wave breaking statistics will be calculated, and a new parameterization of the wave breaking source term will be proposed. The parameterisation will then be validated with a large set of observations of coastal wave conditions, including data recorded during numerous energetic storm events.

Through this work, the selected candidate will develop a solid base of knowledge about wave breaking, propose and implement a new energy dissipation sink term based on explicit wave breaking statistics, set up a model configuration of WaveWatchIII in the zone(s) of interest, and validate these developments with in situ data available within the DiMe project.

Modalités de candidature

The candidate should have a PhD in physical oceanography, atmospheric sciences, environmental engineering, fluid dynamics or a similar field, with a strong background in wave dynamics and experience in spectral wave modelling. Additional desired skills include experience with programming in Fortran, as well as Matlan and/or Python and with parallel computing. Finally, the candidate must have a good oral and written skills in English.

Application deadline : January 15, 2020
Start date : March 1, 2020