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  NERC GW4+ DTP CASE studentship: Recycling and degradation scope of anhydride-epoxide co-polymers
  Dr B Ward, Dr A Paul
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Background. The demand for plastics is vast, with 348 million tonnes being produced in 2017 alone,1 and the trend for plastic production is increasing exponentially year-on-year.
  Atmospheric measurements and modelling to support the Montreal Protocol and international climate agreements (NERC GW4+ DTP)
  Dr M Rigby, Prof S O'Doherty, Prof A Manning
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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To view the full pdf version of this studentship opportunity with figures please follow this link. http://www.bristol.ac.uk/media-library/sites/chemistry/documents/RIGBY%20-%20Atmospheric%20measurements%20and%20modelling%20to%20support%20the%20Montreal%20Protocol%20etc.pdf.
  Quantifying temperature change in the sub-Antarctic (NERC GW4+ DTP)
  Dr B.D.A. Naafs, Dr A Gallego-Sala, Dr S Roberts
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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To view the full pdf version of this studentship opportunity please follow this link. http://www.bristol.ac.uk/media-library/sites/chemistry/documents/NAAFS%20-%20Quantifying%20temperature%20change%20in%20the%20sub-Antarctic.pdf.
  NERC GW4 DTP Projects 2020: (Changing Planet) Estimating greenhouse gas emissions using the next generation of satellite observations
  Dr A Ganesan
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Through the work in Bristol’s School of Geographical Sciences, Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) and the Met Office, the UK is world-leading in the estimation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions using atmospheric data.
  NERC GW4+ DTP Projects 2020: (Changing Planet) Modelling coupled human-water systems: Characterising human-water interactions and their impacts on future water scarcity
  Dr G Coxon
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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By 2050, it is projected that England will be facing severe water supply shortages due to climate change and increasing demand from growing populations and societal development.
  NERC GW4+ DTP Projects 2020: (Changing Planet) The impact of global warming on hurricane-induced storm surges in the Caribbean
  Dr R Bingham, Dr D Mitchell
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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The islands of the Caribbean are particularly vulnerable to hurricanes, seen most recently during the 2017 hurricane season. Over the last 500 years, hurricanes have caused an estimated 300,000–500,000 deaths in North America and the Caribbean, predominantly in the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) of the Caribbean.
  NERC GW4+ DTP Projects 2020: (Changing Planet) The temperature of our planet – modelling and understanding 500-million years of climate change.
  Dr D Lunt, Prof P J Valdes
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Over the last 500 million years, Earth’s temperature has fluctuated considerably, from the extreme cold of the last ice age, 20,000 years ago, to the super-warmth of the mid Cretaceous, 100 million years ago.
  NERC GW4+ DTP Projects 2020: (Dynamic Earth, Living World, Changing Planet) Microbial life and carbon cycling in glaciers environments
  Dr P Sanchez-Baracaldo, Prof J L Wadham
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Probing novel pathways of carbon cycling in glaciers using metageomics. Carbon is essential for life and forms the building blocks of all organic compounds.
  NERC GW4+ DTP Projects 2020: (Living World, Changing Planet) Advancing the study of photosynthetic life in extreme cryo-environments
  Dr C Williamson
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Permanently cold ecosystems make up more than 70% of the Earth’s biosphere, though paradoxically, the microorganisms that thrive in these extreme habitats are the most poorly understood.
  Towards a paradigm shift in ecological risk assessment: developing novel ecosystem-basedapproaches to enhance biodiversity conservation
  Prof P White, Prof L Maltby, Dr C Rivetti
Application Deadline: 2 December 2019

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The current global and national declines in biodiversity mean there is an urgent need to develop more robust approaches for conserving key ecosystem functions and services.
  Genetic constraints on adaptive evolution
  Dr M Reuter
Application Deadline: 24 January 2020

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Research in my group aims to understand how the genetic encoding of traits affects whether and how they will respond to selection.
  Rifting to continental breakup: Comparing the tectonic evolution of the Porcupine Basin and Rockall Trough with Breakup west of Spain
  Prof T J Reston, Dr S Jones
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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The breakup of continents to form ocean basins is a first order tectonic process.
  A seasonal study of chlorine’s tropospheric chemistry in Britain (CENTA2-CHEM4-BAL2)
  Dr S Ball, Prof P S Monks, Dr R Sommariva
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Natural and manmade processes emit huge quantities of gases. Were it not for oxidation chemistry occurring in the atmosphere, such emissions would build up to harmful concentrations.
  Nitryl chloride chemistry and its role in the formation of air pollution (CENTA2-CHEM2-MON2)
  Prof P S Monks, Dr R Sommariva
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Air pollution has been a major environmental concern for many decades, but some of the chemical processes that form pollutants in the atmosphere remain unclear.
  Process Design for Efficient Metal Extraction from Concentrates (CENTA2-CHEM5-ABBO)
  Prof A P Abbott, Dr GRT Jenkin
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Traditional ore processing is generally carried out using either hydrometallurgy (high cost, low volume, reasonable selectivity) or pyrometallurgy (lower cost, high volume, low selectivity).
  What is in the organic-rich shales and does it provide for a low-carbon transition? (CENTA2-CHEM1-MON1)
  Prof P Monks, Prof S Davies, Dr R Cuss, Dr J Harrington
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Shale gas could provide an important source of domestic methane for hydrogen manufacture in a future hydrogen based economy.
  Climate change in the Peruvian Amazon: assessing and modelling the role of invertebrates in wood decay and carbon cycling under changing flood dynamics (CENTA2-GENE3-BURN)
  Dr M Burns, Dr K Barrett
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Accurately measuring carbon fluxes in tropical forests is important due to their role in understanding and mitigating climate change.
  Conservation genomics of bumble bees (CENTA2-GENE4-HAMM)
  Dr R Hammond, Dr S Beleza
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Bumble bees are a diverse group of key pollinators that suffer from the negative impact of anthropogenic change. This results in declining and fragmented populations that impacts on the bees themselves and so on the wild flowers and crops that they pollinate [2].
  Unravelling the novel bacteriophage diversity in tropical rain forests (CENTA2-GENE1-MILL)
  Dr A Millard, Prof M Clokie
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Tropical rainforests are known to supply the greatest diversity of plants and animals on the planet, yet they only cover a very small percentage of the Earth`s surface.
  A multi-observational approach to understanding urban air quality in Kenya (CENTA2-PHYS6-VAND2)
  Dr J Vande Hey, Dr R Cordell
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Air pollution is major contributor to the burden of disease globally, with more than 4 million premature deaths each year attributed to outdoor fine particulate matter exposure alone.
  Are Rockets the Next Air Pollution Frontier? (CENTA2-PHYS2-MARA1)
  Dr E Marais, Prof R Ambrosi
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Rockets are frequently launched into space and it’s getting cheaper and easier to do so. Even the UK has ambitious plans to host its own horizontal and vertical launch sites.
  Chasing convective storm evolution with swarms of space-borne Ka-band radars (CENTA2-PHYS10-BATT1)
  Dr A Battaglia, Prof H Boesch, Dr K Mroz
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Convective storms are the heart of the Earth’s weather and climate system.
  Diagnosing the Urban Carbon Cycle with Earth Observation (CENTA2-PHYS1-BOES)
  Dr H Boesch, Dr H Sembhi
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Reducing carbon emissions to prevent damaging climate change is one of the grand challenges of our time. Due to the Paris agreement most countries have now committed to reducing emissions of greenhouse gases.
  Eyes in the Sky on the Volatile Soup of Air Pollution Down Below (CENTA2-PHYS3-MARA2)
  Dr E Marais, Prof P Palmer
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Air pollution is one of the greatest global risks to human health. In Europe there are ambitious plans to reduce our exposure to poor air quality by targeting pollution emitted by multiple anthropogenic sources.
  Geomagnetically Induced Currents generated by Space Weather Events (CENTA2-PHYS9-IMBE)
  Dr S Imber, Dr D Wright, Prof S Milan
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Geomagnetically-induced currents (GICs) are induced at the Earth’s surface due to rapid changes in the geomagnetic topology caused by the interaction of the planetary magnetic field with the solar wind.
  Investigating space weather in the Ionosphere and Magnetosphere with induction coil magnetometer data (CENTA2-PHYS8-YEOM)
  Prof T Yeoman, Dr D Wright, Dr C Beggan, Prof A Thomson
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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In June 2012, the BGS Geomagnetism team installed two 100 Hz sampling rate induction coil magnetometers in the Scottish Borders, which measure very rapid changes of the geomagnetic field.
  Smarter analysis of satellite data for air quality regulators (CENTA2-PHYS5-VAND1)
  Dr J Vande Hey, Dr E Ferranti
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Satellite observations are increasing in spatial resolution providing a new source of data for policy makers and regulatory organisations.
  Solar energy input from the Earth’s magnetosphere to its atmosphere (CENTA2-PHYS7-WRIG)
  Dr D Wright, Dr S Imber
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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The interaction between the Sun’s and the Earth’s plasma environments is very dynamic and one of societal and commercial importance.
  Using Novel Earth Observation Sensors to Map Aerosol particles and Air Quality over Cities (CENTA2-PHYS11-REME)
  Prof J Remedios, Prof H Boesch
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Airborne particles play a critical role in environmental science with major implications for climate and air quality.
  3D quantitative analysis of textures in palaeobiology: environments, taphonomy and exceptional preservation (CENTA2-SGGE13-PURN1)
  Prof M Purnell, Prof S E Gabbott
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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The roughness or texture of surfaces is intuitively obvious and, at a course scale, easily discernible through touch and sight. We can see and feel that some bedding surfaces are rougher than others, or that some parts of an exceptionally preserved fossils appear smoother than the matrix, or other parts of the fossil.
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