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  Do extra-terrestrial impacts offer global stratigraphical markers?
  Dr V Peck, Prof C Lane
Application Deadline: 7 January 2020

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Ice, marine and terrestrial sediment archives offer invaluable insights into Earth System processes. Precise tie-points between palaeorecords is essential to examin the phasing and drivers of inter-hemisphere climate variability.
  Ice to Iron
  Dr P Fretwell, Dr A Piotrowski
Application Deadline: 7 January 2020

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Glacial sediments are important sources of nutrients to the ocean, especially the Southern Ocean where nutrient-stimulated changes in the biological pump plays a large role in global carbon cycling.
  Melting Ice Cores
  Dr E Thomas, Dr E Wolff
Application Deadline: 7 January 2020

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The Antarctic ice sheet is the largest reservoir of freshwater on the planet, even small changes to its volume have global consequences.
  Reconstructing variability of the ‘cold water route’ through the mid to late Pleistocene
  Dr V Peck, Dr E McClymont
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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The Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC) plays a fundamental role in regulating the Earth’s climate. Past reductions in the strength of this overturning circulation have been associated with dramatic cooling in the northern hemisphere.
  Resistance of Antarctic marine species to predicted freshening and lower salinity in the Southern Ocean
  Prof L Peck, Dr E Harper
Application Deadline: 7 January 2020

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Climate models for Antarctica are predicting warming over the coming decades over a large part of the continent. A part of this is that there is predicted to be a large increase in freshwater runoff from the ice sheets and glaciers with a concomitant freshening of the Southern Ocean.
  Sea salt from blizzards above sea ice - magnitude and climate impacts of a new particle source in a warming world
  Dr M Frey, Prof E Wolff, Dr X Yang
Application Deadline: 7 January 2020

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Atmospheric aerosols represent the largest source of uncertainty in global climate predictions. Aerosols influence radiative forcing and thus climate because they alter the planetary albedo both directly by absorbing and scattering sunlight and indirectly by modifying the reflectivity, lifetime, and extent of clouds.
  Shrinking sea ice – reconstructions from ice cores
  Dr E Thomas, Dr C Giorio
Application Deadline: 7 January 2020

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Sea ice plays a vital role in modulating climate. Satellite observations reveal that Antarctic sea ice is at its lowest in 40 years.
  Unravelling the mysteries of air quality above polar snow and ice using the isotopic fingerprints of reactive nitrogen
  Dr M Frey, Prof J Kaiser, Dr A Jones
Application Deadline: 7 January 2020

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Climate and environment in polar and high-altitude regions are particularly sensitive to anthropogenic perturbation. Understanding the natural processes in the background atmosphere is essential to assess the human contribution to environmental change.
  The mysterious microbial ecosystem beneath our feet: Unravelling the groundwater microbiology archive
  Mr J Sorensen
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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This FRESH CDT project aims to provide the first overview of the UK’s groundwater microbial ecosystem. Groundwater constitutes 99% of all accessible freshwater on the planet and is a vital resource for public water supply in the UK.
  QUADRAT DTP: Can pollutant transfer through benthic elasmobranch food-chains be related to their feeding ecology?
  Prof A Meharg, Dr C S Jones
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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A range of pollutants tend to biomagnify through marine food-chains, causing problems both for the health of top predators, and for humans that consume them.
  QUADRAT DTP: Genomics approaches to explore the secrets of remarkable plants: Soil/root microbiome interaction and edaphic stress adaptation
  Dr C Meharg, Dr G Norton, Prof A Meharg
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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Background. The wild grasses Holcus lanatus, Agrostis capillaris and Deschampsia cespitosa are characterised by their extensive environmental range and resilience to environmental stress.
  QUADRAT DTP: Microbial social lives: A multi-scale systems approach to decode microbial metabolic networks
  Dr D Kumaresan, Dr J C Comte, Dr R Doherty
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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Methane (CH4), a potent greenhouse gas, is next only to CO2 with a global warming potential of 34.
  QUADRAT DTP: Unravelling the freshwater microbial phosphorus cycle
  Prof J Mcgrath, Dr C Gubry-Rangin, Dr J Chin, Dr B Spears
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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Eutrophication of freshwater environments via anthropogenic phosphorus (P) input is one of the most serious global water management issues.
  QUADRAT DTP: Investigating the timing and causes of nitrogen cycle changes in Bronze Age Ireland
  Dr G Plunkett, Dr K Britton
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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A fundamental alteration in the nitrogen cycle during the Bronze Age in Ireland has been identified through isotope analysis of wild and domesticated faunal remains and attributed to intensified land management during this time (Guiry et al.
  QUADRAT DTP: The impacts of climate change and extreme weather events on cyanobacteria blooms in lakes
  Dr H Roe, Dr A Douglas
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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There has been an increased awareness in recent years of the problems associated with harmful cyanobacteria algal blooms (cyanoHABs) in freshwater systems.
  QUADRAT: Multidisciplinary Quantification Ecosystem Services to Streams, Provided by Formerly Afforested Blanket Bog.
  Dr R Flynn, Dr V Louca
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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Extensive areas of upland blanket peat have been developed for commercial coniferous forestry over the past 70 years. The modification of these areas has resulted in extensive changes to the bogs that host them and the ecosystem services they provide.
  Assessing the impact of peatland restoration on freshwater ecosystems
  Dr C Bryce, Prof P Johnes, Prof R Pancost
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Decades of degradation have turned the UK’s peatlands from sinks to sources of organic carbon, with adverse consequences for adjacent freshwater ecosystems.
  Developing a simple, cost-effective way to assess peatland health on the molecular level
  Dr N Bell, Dr M Graham, Dr R Andersen
Application Deadline: 9 January 2020

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Peatlands store twice the C stored in all Earth’s standing forests and thus have major significance in terms of climate change mitigation (1).
  Drivers of change and variability in global atmospheric oxidising capacity
  Prof M Heal, Dr D Stevenson
Application Deadline: 9 January 2020

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Many air pollutants are mainly removed from the atmosphere through oxidation, e.g. methane and ozone (both important greenhouse gases) and carbon monoxide.
  How do changing global aerosols affect clouds, the diurnal temperature cycle, and heat-waves?
  Prof M Heal, Dr D Stevenson, Dr M Bollasina
Application Deadline: 9 January 2020

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Background. Aerosols are micron-scale particles suspended in the atmosphere, and are derived from a variety of natural and anthropogenic processes.
  Climate and the carbon cycle: identifying responses and impacts using satellite remote sensing and machine learning
  Prof P Palmer, Dr E Mitchard, Prof T Keenan
Application Deadline: 19 January 2020

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Large-scale climate variations, e.g. El Nino, can have immediate effects on the terrestrial carbon cycle via anomalous periods of drought, fire, and storm damage to forests.
  Measuring the atmospheric particles which make ice in clouds and climate projections uncertain
  Prof B Murray, Dr S Arnold, Prof K Carslaw
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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The formation of ice in clouds is one of the least well understood aspects of the planet’s climate system.
  Microplastics in the environment: an emerging threat to agro-ecosystems?
  Dr Laura Carter, Dr P Kay
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Microplastics (plastics. Soils are essential components of terrestrial ecosystems. Microplastic contamination has been shown to disturb vital relationships between soil and water, as well as having consequences for soil structure and microbial function (de Souza Machado et al., 2018).
  The global carbon cycle budget imbalance
  Dr A Rap, Dr D Spracklen
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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This project will use state-of-the-art models to investigate the extent to which improved representation of biosphere-atmosphere processes reduces the global carbon cycle budget imbalance.
  A Comparative Study of Metallic Ions in the Atmospheres of Earth and Mars
  Prof J Plane
Applications accepted all year round

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Metals are injected into planetary atmospheres by the ablation of interplanetary dust particles. The major species (Fe, Mg and Na) exist as atoms and ions that are excellent tracers of dynamics and chemistry.
  Better air quality through chemistry: Real-time monitoring of reactive trace species in key atmospheric reactions impacting air quality
  Dr D Stone, Prof P Seakins
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Poor air quality has been reported as the greatest environmental risk to public health in the UK, has recently been linked to dementia, and is estimated to cause over 40,000 premature deaths in the UK each year.
  Fishing in hot water: are the ecological impacts of trawling exacerbated by climate change?
  Dr L Robinson, Dr M Spencer
Application Deadline: 8 January 2020

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Background. Proactive fisheries management requires understanding of ecological consequences of trawling in warmer seas. While the impacts of bottom trawling and climate change are increasingly well-documented, little is known about how these pressures interact.
  Understanding the response of variability in tree reproduction (masting) to climatic and environmental change
  Dr A Hacket-Pain, Prof A Morse
Application Deadline: 8 January 2020

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Background. Many tree species show a reproductive strategy known as masting, which is characterised by switching between years of bumper investment in reproduction (“mast years”), and years of low investment.
  SCENARIO - Love isn’t in the air: Assessing how air pollution interrupts insect sex pheromone signalling
  Dr R Girling
Application Deadline: 24 January 2020

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As humans, the dominant sense with which we perceive the world is vision, in contrast many insects rely upon odours to perceive and interact with their environment.
  SCENARIO - Determining carbon pool turnover rates in semi-arid biomes of Australia as drivers of global carbon cycle inter-annual variability
  Dr K.H. White
Application Deadline: 24 January 2020

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The atmospheric carbon component exhibits large interannual variability primarily driven by terrestrial processes, some of which are poorly understood.
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