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  Measuring and Modelling Transient Behaviour on Continental Faults
  Prof T Wright, Dr J Elliott, Dr L Gregory, Prof A Hooper
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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In this project the student will make new geodetic observations of transient behaviour of faults in the continents on a variety of temporal and spatial scales.
  Plastic in rivers: transport, behaviour and fate (CENTA2-SGGE16-GABB)
  Prof S E Gabbott, Dr C Russell, Prof S Rice
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Rivers feed the world’s oceans with freshwater, sediment and more recently with large quantities of plastic. Estimates of the amount of plastic entering the environment via fluvial systems are challenging to constrain and range from 4.8-12.7 million tonnes in 2010 (Jambeck et al., 2015).
  How and why is deformation localised in continental crust?
  Dr S Piazolo, Prof T Wright, Dr T Craig
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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In this project the student will collect and use geological field investigations of the exhumed lower crust to constrain models of strain localisation, and compare these against modern geodetic data from the India-Asia collision.
  The inner workings of the earthquake cycle: New insight from integrating geophysical observations and microstructures
  Dr L Gregory, Dr S Piazolo
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Slip behaviour at and around faults has been shown to be highly dynamic with variability in behaviour occurring both spatially and temporally.
  Recreating the South Orkney Ice Cap: a sentinel of Antarctic Ice Sheet change?
  Dr K Hogan, Dr S Jamieson
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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The South Orkney Plateau (SOP) micro-continent lies in a unique oceanographic position between deep, cold ocean currents formed in the Weddell Sea and the dominant Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC).
  How hot is the bottom of Earth’s mantle?
  Dr A Walker, Dr C Davies, Dr A Nowacki
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Can you combine geophysics, fluid dynamics and mineralogy to construct a deep-Earth thermometer and better constrain Earth’s energy budget?.
  QUADRAT DTP: Trace element behaviour in surface environments on enriched shales, Britain and Ireland
  Prof J Parnell, Prof A Meharg
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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A critical aspect of environmental studies is the understanding of how trace elements are distributed in surface deposits where they can cause toxicity in the water supply, animals and foodstuffs.
  Palaeo Constraints on the 1.5°C World: What does the Pliocene tell us about the long-terms effects of atmospheric CO2 at ~400 ppmv
  Prof A Haywood, Dr D Hill
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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The issue. Our ability to limit the rise in global temperature in line with the Paris Agreement is uncertain due to an inadequate understanding of the long-term sensitivity of the Earth and Climate System to CO2.
  How much can a landscape take?
  Dr R Duller, Dr J Lea, Prof P Burgess, Dr N Leonardi
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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The aim of this project is to determine limits of landscape resilience to rapid hydrological change. Periods of rapid global warming have a dramatic effect on the Earth System (Knight and Harrison, 2013, Carmichael et al., 2017).
  The relationship between magma-reservoir evolution and volcano collapse: short- and long-timescale magmatic processes at Montserrat, Ritter and Anak Krakatau
  Dr S Watt, Dr A R Hastie
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Sector collapses are among the largest volume events to affect volcanic systems, potentially involving the rapid displacement of tens of cubic kilometres of rock.
  Volcanic seismicity and eruption forecasting at the basaltic caldera volcanoes of the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  Dr A Bell, Prof I Main
Application Deadline: 9 January 2020

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Summary. This project will undertake the first systematic study of seismicity of the basaltic volcanoes of the Galapagos Islands, providing new insights into their behaviour, and methods for forecasting future eruptions.
  Life and death of chemical reaction fronts
  Dr T Mueller, Dr S Piazolo
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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In the geosphere, fluid-mediated mineral reactions are of pivotal importance in governing the redistribution of elements and isotopes.
  Drivers of seasonality contrasts in sea surface temperature and freshwater flux within the Intertropical and South Indian Ocean Convergence Zone – Holocene and present (CENTA2-SGGE12-ZINK2)
  Prof J Zinke, Dr A Boom, Dr P Hopcroft
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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The Scattered Islands are unique coral reef atolls located in the southwestern Indian Ocean along the climatologically important South Equatorial Current and Mozambique Channel ocean gateway.
  Catastrophic change to Earth’s magnetic field
  Dr C Xuan, Prof P Wilson, Dr G Hellio
Application Deadline: 3 January 2020

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Project Rationale. Earth’s magnetic field provides a protective shield from harmful effects of the solar wind, but field strength and behaviour are constantly changing.
  The effect of cyclic subsurface hydrogen storage on the mechanical and transport properties of reservoir rocks
  Research Group: Institute of GeoEnergy Engineering
  Dr S den Hartog, Dr A Busch
Application Deadline: 31 December 2019

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Hydrogen storage is a promising technology to account for fluctuations, e.g. seasonal, in the global energy demand. However, little is known about the response of the reservoir rocks to the related fluctuations in pore fluid pressure and chemistry.
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