The Earth's temperature response to increasing CO2 is key to understanding our past changing climate and for projecting into the future. But unfortunately the strength of the response is not well constrained. The latest IPCC report states a likely range of 1.5 to 4.5 degrees equilibrium climate sensitivity (ECS) for a doubling of atmospheric CO2, but with an up to 10 percent likelihood of it being above 6 degrees. In particular the risks involved with Earth possibly having a high equilibrium climate sensitivity are concerning, both scientifically as well as practically.
It is the purpose of the five-year highECS European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant project to rein in the upper bound on Earth's climate sensitivity. The project has a strong focus on what Earth's past can teach us, and seeks to understand what models might be missing, with an overarching goal of a physical reconciliation of the evidence. The project is envisioned, but not bound, to proceed along three lines:
The proposed work can focus on one or more of these topics, or be supportive of the overall goal of the project. As tools fellows have options to use the for example the MPI-ESM1.2 climate model and the ICON global cloud resolving model running on Swedish supercomputers, but are certainly not bound to using these.
Here we are looking for one or two postdoctoral fellows to work within the highECS project team. Candidates are expected to conduct research which contributes to the project objective as described above.
Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.