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  Understanding atmospheric Hg redox transformations from novel field observations and 3D atmospheric Hg models.
  Dr Aurelien Dommergue
Application Deadline: 29 February 2020

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Atmospheric oxidation of the dominant emitted Hg(0) form is a key process whereby Hg from natural and anthropogenic sources is converted to more soluble and reactive Hg(II) species that will be deposited to ecosystems.
  SCENARIO - Trapped lee waves as a source of low-level drag on the atmosphere
  Research Group: SCENARIO NERC DTP
  Dr MA Teixeira, Dr SL Gray
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Atmospheric models used for numerical weather prediction and climate modelling have large uncertainties in their representation of small-scale processes that contribute to uncertainties in the large-scale movement of air termed the atmospheric circulation.
  (STFC DTP) The atmospheric evolution of Mars
  Research Group: Isotope Geochemistry & Planetary Science
  Prof R Burgess, Dr L Ruzie, Dr G Holland, Prof J Gilmour
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Mars atmospheric evolution was marked by an early, dense CO2-rich atmosphere giving sufficient greenhouse warming to enable liquid water at the surface; followed by atmospheric loss leaving a less dense atmosphere with cold, arid surface conditions.
  Photochemical Processing of Atmospheric Aerosol
  Prof D Heard
Application Deadline: 3 February 2020

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Atmospheric aerosol particles modify climate by directly scattering or absorbing sunlight and by serving as the seeds for cloud droplets and thereby indirectly scattering sunlight.
  Using microfluidic technology to measure and identify atmospheric ice nucleating particles
  Prof B Murray, Dr J Shim, Dr D McCluskey
Application Deadline: 3 February 2020

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Summary. Our lack of knowledge of how clouds will respond to a changing climate represent one of the largest sources of uncertainty in our projections of future climate (Tan et al., 2016).
  Ground to space laser communications through atmospheric turbulence
  Dr J Osborn, Prof G D Love
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Applications are invited for a 3.5 year fully funded EPSRC PhD research studentship to develop concepts and technologies to advance the capabilities of free-space optical communication links.
  Research Studentship in multi-scale aerodynamic modelling of wind farms and complex terrain
  Dr T Nishino
Application Deadline: 24 January 2020

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Research Studentship in multi-scale aerodynamic modelling of wind farms and complex terrain. 4-year DPhil studentship, available from October 2020.
  SCENARIO - Generating and evaluating atmospheric dispersion volcanic ash forecast ensembles
  Research Group: SCENARIO NERC DTP
  Dr T Frame, Dr H Dacre
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Volcanic ash poses a significant hazard to aircraft. When ash is ingested into engines it can cause engine failure, putting the lives of aircrew and passengers at risk.
  SCENARIO - Using high-resolution climate models to predict increases in atmospheric turbulence
  Research Group: SCENARIO NERC DTP
  Prof P Williams, Dr R Schiemann
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Atmospheric turbulence is the leading cause of in-flight injuries to air travellers and flight attendants. Tens of thousands of aircraft encounter severe turbulence annually, injuring hundreds of people and causing structural damage to planes.
  SCENARIO - Turbulence and Clouds
  Research Group: SCENARIO NERC DTP
  Dr H Weller, Prof P Clark
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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The representations of clouds and associated buoyant atmospheric convection are arguably the weakest aspects of weather and climate models, leading to poor forecasts and unreliable projections of the regional impacts of climate change.
  Enhancing intracellular delivery of antibiotics using cold atmospheric plasma
  Dr P Flynn, Prof B Gilmore
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Atmospheric pressure non-thermal plasma or simply cold plasmas is a partially ionized gas generated at atmospheric pressure, at temperatures suitable for treatment of heat sensitive surfaces such as skin.
  High-resolution Imaging of Near-Earth Objects and Space Debris: Real-Time Atmospheric Tomographic Signal Processing
  Dr SJ Waddell, Dr R Clare
Applications accepted all year round

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The research project is concerned with development and implementation of signal and image processing algorithms for predicting a distortion function when viewing an artificial satellite or large space debris objects thorough atmospheric turbulence and with the aid of a 60 cm to 100 cm optical telescope.
  Isotopic fingerprints of novel sources and sinks for atmospheric nitrous oxide (N2O) (KAISERJU20SCIO)
  Prof J Kaiser, Dr P Suntharalingam
Application Deadline: 30 January 2020

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Nitrous oxide (N2O) is the third-most important anthropogenic greenhouse gas and the most important currently emitted ozone-depleting substance.
  SCENARIO - Atmosphere blocking dynamics: Persistence, re-intensification and interaction with other weather systems
  Research Group: SCENARIO NERC DTP
  Dr O Martinez-Alvarado, Dr R Schiemann, Dr K Hodges
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Atmospheric blocking occurs when persistent high-pressure systems (or anticyclones) remain quasi-stationary over a given location or region at mid- or high-latitudes.
  SCENARIO - Investigating the climate feedbacks that will determine the fate of the Greenland ice sheet
  Research Group: SCENARIO NERC DTP
  Dr R Smith, Dr J Gregory, Dr J Robson
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Sea level change is one of the mostly widely recognised and potentially serious consequences of climate change due to emissions of greenhouse gases.
  Activating Carbon Dioxide Utilising Atmospheric Pressure Gas Plasma
  Dr B Buckley, Dr F Iza
Application Deadline: 31 July 2020

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This project will be part of the Doctoral Training Centre on Plasma interactions with Liquids. The Buckley group has embarked on a programme of research directed at carbon dioxide utilisation (CDU) and has reported initial efforts in the area.
  New experimental constraints on atmospheric Hg red-ox reactions.
  Dr M Horvat
Application Deadline: 29 February 2020

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The main objective is to understand aqueous Hg red-ox mechanisms and rates from an experimental perspective.
  Probing organic composition of the atmosphere with Time of Flight Mass Spectrometry
  Research Group: Atmospheric Science
  Prof H Coe, Dr J Allan, Prof G McFiggans
Applications accepted all year round

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There are a huge number of organic compounds present in the atmosphere. They are emitted from a wide range of sources that are both natural and man-made.
  Interfacial Photochemistry in Aerosol Droplets: Chemistry and Climate Impacts
  Dr B Bzdek, Dr A Squires
Application Deadline: 3 February 2020

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PhD Type

Applications are invited for a 4 year PhD studentship starting in Autumn 2020 as part of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Aerosol Science.
  Circulation of the Giant Planets from Infrared Remote Sensing (ATM/2020/FLE)
  Dr L Fletcher, Dr J Nichols
Application Deadline: 29 January 2020

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Despite four decades of planetary exploration, the physical and chemical processes responsible for the banded appearance of the giant planets remain mysterious.
  SCENARIO - Sub-seasonal “flash” droughts in Europe: dynamics, predictability and teleconnections
  Research Group: SCENARIO NERC DTP
  Dr N Klingaman, Dr B Dong, Prof E Black
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Sub-seasonal “flash” drought events are rapidly developing, multi-week periods of elevated temperatures and evapotranspiration, but reduced soil moisture and precipitation.
  ONE Planet DTP - Quantifying absorbing and scattering properties of atmospheric aerosol using machine learning and deep learning algorithms (OP20267)
  Dr T Carruthers
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Aerosol can strongly absorb and scatter light depending on their physico-chemical properties. Quantifying aerosol-light interaction is vital for evaluating the aerosol contribution to radiative forcing (warming and cooling effect) on the atmosphere that influences global warming.
  Could cold atmospheric air plasma be a potential novel therapy for treating infected diabetic foot ulcers?
  Dr N Stevens, Dr H Humphreys
Applications accepted all year round

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In Ireland, diabetes mellitus is reported to affect 207,490 people, or 6.5% of the population in the 20-79-year-old age group (www.diabetes.ie).
  QUADRAT DTP: Quantifying carbon accumulation and loss in Russian Arctic peatlands
  Dr D Mauquoy, Dr M Blaauw
Application Deadline: 29 January 2020

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Peatlands in Russia (and North America) are a major terrestrial carbon store and a natural sink for atmospheric CO2 during the Holocene (Charman et al., 2013, holding around 612 gigatonnes of carbon, which represents a larger stock than the worlds live vegetation.
  Ice accretion on wind turbine blades
  Dr Y Lin, Prof J Wang
Applications accepted all year round

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The abundant wind resource in cold and high altitude regions in the world is attractive for the increasing demand for renewable wind power production.
  Water and dust in the Mars atmosphere from the Rosalind Franklin rover
  Prof A Coates
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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The UCL-led PanCam instrument. 1. on the ESA-Russia Rosalind Franklin rover is due to reach Mars in 2021 following its planned launch in 2020.
  Clouds in Earth’s changing climate
  Dr T Dinh
Applications accepted all year round

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Clouds are the largest source of uncertainty in climate models’ prediction of global climate change.
  Detection of iodine emissions from the ocean
  Prof L J Carpenter, Dr M S Shaw
Application Deadline: 14 February 2020

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This funded PhD project is part of a £2M European Research Council (ERC) Advanced grant to study how gaseous ozone (O3) interacts with the ocean surface or “sea surface microlayer” (SML).
  Uptake of ozone to the sea surface
  Prof L J Carpenter
Application Deadline: 14 February 2020

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PhD Type

This funded PhD project is part of a £2M European Research Council (ERC) Advanced grant to study how gaseous ozone (O3) interacts with the ocean surface or “sea surface microlayer” (SML).
  QUADRAT DTP: Precious metals of the Anthropocene
  Dr T Mighall, Prof A Meharg
Application Deadline: 29 January 2020

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Understanding the consequences of metal pollution is of increasing importance given the ever-growing consumption of resources and the increasing sophistication of metallic products, creating new and different types of waste, which is often discarded into the environment (Nriagu, 1990).
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