Space-time scaling analysis of global precipitation from 1900 to present - PHYS 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

Supervisor's Name: Shaun Lovejoy

Supervisor's Email: lovejoy [at]

Supervisor's Phone: 1-514-398-6537

Supervisor's Website:

Supervisor's department: Physics

Course number: PHYS 396 (Physics)

Term: Winter 2013-2014

Project start date: Monday, January 6, 2014

Project end date: Friday, April 11, 2014

Project title: Space-time scaling analysis of global precipitation from 1900 to present

Project description (50-100 words suggested): Basic physics and Global Circulation Models predict an increase of global precipitation as a consequence of global warming. However to date, this has not yet been convincingly demonstrated due to a lack of proper treatment of the space-time precipitation variability combined with the use of sparse precipitation data sets (which are confined to land areas). In this project we apply space-time scaling analyses to a new (land and ocean) climate precipitation data set. This analysis will allow us to quantify any anthropogenic increases in precipitation since 1900.

Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.

Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): There will be a 20 minute presentation (25%) and a final report (75%).

Project status: This project is open to applicant.

How students can apply / Next steps: Discussing with supervisor

Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves NEITHER animal subjects, nor human subjects, nor biohazardous substances, nor radioactive materials, nor handling chemicals, nor using lasers.