PHD Project

October 10, 2023

Investigating the nature and dynamical properties of rogue waves

Very large wave crashing over ship's bow

Once dismissed as a nautical myth, rogue waves are now known to be real events, with a growing worldwide database of observations. Rogue waves pose a significant threat to maritime safety and have been responsible for countless shipwrecks. Understanding their formation and behaviour is crucial for safeguarding lives and vessels at sea. In addition, rogue waves are a fundamental aspect of ocean dynamics, and their frequency may increase due to climate change. This project seeks to answer a number of questions relating to rogue waves, including:

  1. What are the mechanisms behind rogue wave generation?
  2. How can we predict their occurrence with greater accuracy?
  3. What impact do rogue waves have on the marine environment?
  4. How will the frequency of rogue waves change in the future?

Through detailed analysis of in situ and state-of-the-art satellite observations, you will capture rogue waves in real ocean environments. You will gain hands-on experience of time series analysis, and the development of cutting-edge remote sensing algorithms, comparing the observations against atmosphere global reanalysis data, and examining how their statistical prevalence is likely to change under future climate scenarios.

This studentship offers a unique opportunity to develop expertise in oceanography and working with data collected from advanced instrumentation. You will work alongside renowned researchers, gaining valuable insights into the world of rogue waves and contributing to safer maritime operations.

This project is collaborative, and it provides significant opportunities for further career development. All participating institutions are strongly committed to an inclusive work environment, which includes fostering diversity within their community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of the participating institutions.


Candidates shall be good honours graduates in appropriate subject areas, of a recognised university or comparable university, or persons holding equivalent qualifications who show evidence of exceptional ability, or who have demonstrated their ability in graduate studies.

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