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David Buchanan

David BuchananDavid Buchanan

Email: D.Buchanan@uea.ac.uk | ORCID: 0000-0003-4276-890X

Academic profile

I completed my Undergraduate degree at Loughborough University in Mathematics and Management in 2013. Following this I completed an MSc in Statistics at the University of Kent, obtaining a distinction. My dissertation involved modelling solar flare occurrences.

Current research

PhD Environmental Science, University of East Anglia in collaboration with the British Antarctic Survey, 2015-2019.
Research title: Southern Ocean Uptake of Atmospheric CO2: Where should we measure it?

Data from the Southern Ocean are relatively sparse and less well understood when compared with other major oceans, making it an interesting region to study. Of particular interest is the capacity for the Southern Ocean to remove CO2 from the atmosphere: a crucial variable when predicting future climate scenarios. The aim of this project is to use the GEOS-Chem atmospheric transport model to conduct an inversion of atmospheric CO2 data. This will involve incorporating the most recent measurements into the model to estimate the distribution of CO2 fluxes in the Southern Ocean.

In addition, to address the issue of data sparsity in the Southern Ocean, Observation System Simulation Experiments (OSSEs) will be completed for various observational networks. The result of these experiments will assist in network design decision-making, by identifying the potential measurement locations that would provide the optimal additional constraint on CO2 flux estimates in the Southern Ocean.

Supervisory Team

Dr Parvadha Suntharalingam (UEA)
Dr Anna Jones (BAS)
Prof Corinne Le Quéré (Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, UEA)

Other relevant activities

Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Kent, 2014-2015.
Associate Tutor, University of East Anglia.