Jack Mustafa

Jack Mustafa


My background is in physical sciences, having studied for an Integrated Masters in Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford, and Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry, Physics and French prior to that at A Level. Having graduated this year, I’m diving straight back into academia

I undertook my thesis in geophysics, modelling the effect of chemical stratification within the Earth’s upper mantle on its convection. However, following an oceanographic field course to Bermuda last summer, I decided to pursue that area of study to PhD level.

Jack Mustafa

Marine, Atmospheric and Climate Science

University of East Anglia, School of Environmental Sciences

PhD title: Acoustic Detection of Rainfall using Ocean Gliders in the Tropical Indian Ocean

This project falls under the wider TerraMaris campaign which aims to gather meteorological and oceanographic data along a transect between Jakarta (Indonesia) and Christmas Island, to better understand the variability of and factors affecting the tropical climate system. My project will make use of data from a passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) sensor attached to an ocean glider, scheduled to be acquired between Nov 2020-Mar 2021, to extract the signals from rainfall and wind at the surface. Prior to this, existing data from the region will be analysed.

This should allow a high temporal resolution rainfall dataset to be established, which has the potential to revolutionise oceanic rainfall measurement acquisition, which is presently notoriously difficult. The validity of the data set will be determined by comparison with rainfall estimates from satellite, ground-based radar and vessel-based sources. The findings will be tied into the wider TerraMaris study by attempting to establish freshwater fluxes in the surface ocean and atmosphere.

Further Information

– Dabbled in online GCSE Maths tutoring (2017-8)
– Student ambassador for UNIQ’s Oxford Earth Sciences summer school (2018)