Ashneel Chandra

MSc, University of the South Pacific

Ashneel is currently a PhD Candidate at the Geophysical Institute at the University of Bergen, exploring tropical intraseasonal variability and ocean heat content with Professor Noel Keenlyside. He is also an affiliated researcher on the Mare Nullius project. His masters research explored tropical cyclones–ocean  interactions as well as using lightning as a proxy for predicting tropical cyclone rapid intensification.

Ashneel’s PhD position is the result of a joint commitment between UiB and The University of the South Pacific (USP) that initiated at the United Nations Ocean Conference in 2017. Both UiB and USP made a joint commitment to focus on an ambitious research and training programme on oceans and climate change. This led to the creation of a Norway-Pacific Joint Chair of Oceans and Climate Change position as well as two PhD positions, one each at Bergen (UiB) and Laucala (USP). The Bergen PhD position was taken up by Ashneel. Prior to taking up this PhD position, Ashneel was employed at USP as a Teaching Assistant in Physics.

Ashneel looks forward to contributing to this important project with his research.


University of Bergen
Geofysisk Institutt
P.O. box 7803
5020 Bergen