Potential Master’s Thesis Projects

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If you are a motivated undergraduate student studying mathematics, computer science, engineering, meteorology, ocean science, earth science, environmental science or a related field and are interested in gaining valuable skills and pursuing fun and impactful research, please contact me, regarding the pursuit of a master’s degree in our lab. See below for a list of potential Master’s thesis projects.

Weather-focused projects

1. Statistical forecasting, using sea surface temperature patterns and other predictors of seasonal drought severity in California

2. Wind and solar droughts and their impact on a potential California energy system largely dependent on renewable energy

3. Changes in the predictability (not simply the variability) of various weather phenomena with climate change

4. The influence of Southern Ocean sea surface temperature variability (enhanced by sea ice and cloud feedback) on global temperature variability

Climate-focused projects

1. Attribution of extreme weather events to climate change without the use of global climate models

2. Narrowing uncertainty in projected changes in local climate variability using observations and the ‘Emergent Constraints’ paradigm

3. Creating meaningful indices of climate change beyond global mean temperature

4. Investigation of implicit model tuning to historical global warming in the CMIP6 models

5. The influence of the wind feedback on global mean temperature change over the 21st century

Human-environment interaction-focused projects

1. The effect of incorporating natural capital or other subjective measures into the utility function of Integrated Assessment Models

2. The historical relationship between gross domestic product and resilience to climate change and its implications for potential economic impacts of climate change in the 21st century

3. The effect of technological tipping points (i.e., rapid decrease in price) on the economically-optimal path of decarbonization

4. Economic impact of large global warming compared to muted warming resulting from excessive ice-sheet melt

5. Quantifying the cumulative ice-melt intensity of economic activity at a country level