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  NERC-funded PhD studentships: Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Natural History Museum, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and Zoological Society of London

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The Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet (SSCP) Doctoral Training Partnership integrates six host partners and a number of business and policy sector partners, to offer an exciting programme that trains and inspires the next generation of environmental experts and leaders to tackle some of the toughest challenges of our time.
  26 Fully Funded PhD Studentships in Environmental Research NERC

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The NERC Panorama DTP has around 24 fully funded studentships for October 2019 starters to study the science of the Earth's atmosphere and climate, Earth processes and the living world.
  26 Fully Funded PhD Studentships in Environmental Research NERC

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The NERC Panorama DTP has around 24 fully funded studentships for October 2019 starters to study the science of the Earth's atmosphere and climate, Earth processes and the living world.
  26 Fully Funded PhD Studentships in Environmental Research NERC

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The NERC Panorama DTP has around 24 fully funded studentships for October 2019 starters to study the science of the Earth's atmosphere and climate, Earth processes and the living world.
  Benefit of high resolution models for climate predictions. PhD in Mathematics (NERC GW4+ DTP)
  Prof A Scaife
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Lead Supervisor. Prof Adam Scaife, Department of Mathematics, College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Exeter.
  Mathematical modelling of the shallow-water equations with temperature gradients. PhD in Mathematics (NERC GW4+ DTP)
  Dr H Alemi Ardakani
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Lead Supervisor. Dr Hamid Alemi Ardakani, Department of Mathematics, College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Exeter.
  Reducing Uncertainty in the Response of the Earth System to Anthropogenic CO2 Emissions with Statistical Emulation of Land Surface Models. PhD in Mathematics (NERC GW4+ DTP)
  Dr O Stoner
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Lead Supervisor. Dr Oliver Stoner, Department of Mathematics, College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Exeter.
  The climate of Titan: Pushing Earth-based models to the limit. PhD in Mathematics (NERC GW4+ DTP)
  Dr W Seviour
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Lead Supervisor. Dr Will Seviour, Department of Mathematics, College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Exeter.
  Bridging the gap between structure and function in mutualistic networks. PhD in Biosciences (NERC GW4 + DTP)
  Dr C Kaiser-Bunbury
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Lead Supervisor. Dr Christopher Kaiser-Bunbury, Department of Biosciences, College of Life and Environment Sciences, University of Exeter.
  NERC Doctoral Training Programme - Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet (SSCP)

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The Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet (SSCP) DTP is pleased to announce 14 NERC funded studentships starting in October 2020.
  Understanding the impact of trace level sulfur dioxide on air pollution and climate
  Dr P Edwards, Dr J D Lee
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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This project will use a newly developed laser induced fluorescence instrument to investigate the chemistry of sulphur dioxide (SO2) and its role in atmospheric particle formation.
  The influence of biogeochemistry and microbiology on Antarctic ice shelves
  Dr E Bagshaw, Dr A Jungblut, Prof I Hawes, Prof J L Wadham
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Project Background. Predicting the future behaviour of ice shelves is critical for understanding how Antarctica will respond to climate warming.
  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.
  Severe weather over Southeast Asia: fieldwork and modelling
  Dr C Birch, Dr J Marsham, Dr R Neely
Application Deadline: 7 January 2020

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The Maritime Continent in Southeast Asia is a key region in the global weather and climate system. Its complex island geography and position among the warmest oceans on Earth lead to a multi-scale concoction of severe atmospheric convective and dynamical weather systems.
  SCENARIO - Next-generation representation of plant water stress in land-surface models
  Research Group: SCENARIO NERC DTP
  Prof P L Vidale, Prof A Verhoef
Application Deadline: 24 January 2020

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The processes that link the cycles of water and carbon are fundamental, and largely govern the (observed and simulated) dynamics of ecosystems and climate.
  Modelling the effects of climate change on European yields of oilseed rape (PENFIELDUJIC20ARIES)
  Dr S Penfield
Application Deadline: 7 January 2020

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Climate change is now widely understood to be impacting food supplies. Ensuring future food security will require understanding how climate change will affect crop yields in different agricultural systems and the design of appropriate measures for adaptation.
  Conservation genomics of endangered bird species in zoos (OOSTERHOUTUENV20ARIES)
  Prof C Van Oosterhout, Dr D Bell, Dr S Tollington
Application Deadline: 7 January 2020

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BACKGROUND. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) produces the Red List that classifies species’ extinction risks.
  Predicting the future: the paradox of transgenerational non-genetic inheritance in evolution (MAKLAKOVUBIO20ARIES)
  Dr A Maklakov, Prof T Chapman, Dr S Immler
Application Deadline: 7 January 2020

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SCIENTIFIC BACKGROUND. Parental environments can affect offspring performance over many generations.
  Who cycles DMSP in coastal waters and how? (TODDUBIO20ARIES)
  Dr J Todd, Dr R Airs, Dr F Hopkins, Dr S Moxon
Application Deadline: 7 January 2020

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INTRODUCTION. Dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP) is one of Earth’s most abundant organosulfur molecules. It is an anti-stress compound that is produced by many marine phytoplankton and bacteria.
  Deluge or drought? Climate change and South Asian Monsoon rainfall (WEBBERUENV20ARIES)
  Dr B Webber, Prof D Stevens, Prof M Joshi, Dr AG Turner
Application Deadline: 7 January 2020

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BACKGROUND. Climate change is expected to profoundly affect the South Asian (Indian) monsoon, with substantial impacts on the livelihoods of over a billion people.
  Forensic oceanography: how does winter leave a fingerprint in the ocean? (ZHAIUENV20ARIES)
  Dr X Zhai, Prof K Heywood
Application Deadline: 7 January 2020

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SCIENTIFIC BACKGROUND. The Southern Ocean is a critical component of the global climate system, accounting for about 75% of ocean heat uptake and 40% of ocean anthropogenic carbon uptake.
  Modelling the effects of climate change on European yields of oilseed rape (PENFIELDUJIC20ARIES)
  Dr S Penfield, Prof R Warren, Dr J Price
Application Deadline: 7 January 2020

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Climate change is now widely understood to be impacting food supplies. Ensuring future food security will require understanding how climate change will affect crop yields in different agricultural systems and the design of appropriate measures for adaptation.
  Unravelling the mysteries of air quality above polar snow and ice using the isotopic fingerprints of reactive nitrogen (FREYUBAS20ARIES)
  Dr M Frey, Prof J Kaiser
Application Deadline: 7 January 2020

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SCIENTIFIC BACKGROUND. Climate and environment in polar and high-altitude regions are particularly sensitive to anthropogenic perturbation.
  Layers? No Layers? Or both: Multi-disciplinary study of partially stratified layers in Earth’s outer core
  Dr S Rost, Dr J Mound, Dr A Nowacki, Dr C Davies
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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The Earth’s magnetic field is essential for life on Earth and is produced in Earth’s outer core. Numerical models of the geodynamo show that a combination of chaotic convection of the liquid iron-nickel alloy and Earth’s rotation produces the flow structures essential for the geodynamo process.
  Evolution of unique cranial morphology and function in lagomorphs: a combined effect of locomotion and mastication?
  Dr A Sharp, Dr N Jeffery, Dr P Cox
Application Deadline: 8 January 2020

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Mammals have evolved diverse craniofacial morphology to adapt to a wide range of ecological niches. However, the factors driving this evolution of different morphologies and functions, and the mechanisms of evolutionary change are not fully understood.
  SCENARIO - Developing an urban canopy model for improved weather forecasts in cities
  Research Group: SCENARIO NERC DTP
  Prof J Barlow, Dr O Coceal, Dr M Carpentieri
Application Deadline: 24 January 2020

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Most of the world’s population now experiences an urban version of weather extremes and climate change. Accurate forecasting of weather and air quality in cities relies on correctly representing the physics of turbulent exchange between the surface and the overlying atmosphere.
  SCENARIO - Exploiting the benefits of convective-scale ensemble forecasts
  Research Group: SCENARIO NERC DTP
  Dr SL Gray, Dr T Frame
Application Deadline: 24 January 2020

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Accurate weather forecasts save lives and livelihoods and are important to a host of industries from energy to agriculture and retail.
  SCENARIO - Fundamental Mechanisms of Arctic Summer-time Cyclone Growth and Sea-Ice Interaction
  Research Group: SCENARIO NERC DTP
  Prof J Methven, Dr B Harvey
Application Deadline: 24 January 2020

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As the climate has warmed in response to increasing greenhouse gases, the September minimum in Arctic sea-ice extent has decreased dramatically and the drift speed of summer Arctic pack ice has increased, attributed to thinner ice.
  SCENARIO - Using Aircraft Observations Improve Understanding of Mineral Dust Transport and Deposition Processes
  Research Group: SCENARIO NERC DTP
  Dr C Ryder, Dr N Bellouin
Application Deadline: 24 January 2020

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Every year thousands of tonnes of mineral dust particles are uplifted from arid regions by strong winds. While in the atmosphere, mineral dust is a hazard for health, transport and solar energy generation.
  SCENARIO: Forecast improvements from solar wind data assimilation
  Research Group: SCENARIO NERC DTP
  Prof M Owens, Dr M Lang
Application Deadline: 24 January 2020

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The solar wind is a continuous outflow of charged particles and magnetic field from the Sun’s upper atmosphere.
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