Observations of cosmic ray exposure levels in the higher southern latitudes and validation of predictive computer models.

Aircrew and passengers are subject to cosmic rays which have a higher intensity at altitude than at the earth's surface. In the Southern hemisphere in the Australian sector, the proximity of the South Magnetic Pole means that cosmic ray intensity is higher than elsewhere around the world. This project aims to measure cosmic ray intensity during a number of southern hemisphere flights where data is non-existent, and to compare the data with predictive computer programs.

Creator
Ian Getley
Supervisor
Jason Middleton
Level
PhD
Passengers sat on plane

Aviation Meteorology

Aviation operations are undertaken in sometimes very severe meteorological conditions. Many of the meteorological processes important to aviation safety are better understood by utilising a combination of analytical and numerical mathematical techniques, which are common in applied mathematics. A range of interesting phenomena, including swirling flow boundary layers, turbulent boundary layers, airflow over and around topography, hydraulic jumps, effects of Coriolis force on wake flows, etc are available to students.

Supervisor
Jason Middleton
Level
PhD
MSc
Aviation meteorology