About the Project
This project will used global whole-atmosphere models of Earth and Mars to understand why the metals behave so differently. The objective will be to improve our understanding of the coupling between the neutral and ionized atmosphere. An important reason for doing so is to understand the effects of space weather on our atmosphere, both short-term perturbations and longer-term climatic influences. The main model that will be employed is WACCM-X, an extended version of the Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (Boulder, USA). The project will involve including metal chemistry in WACCM-X, and then developing a version of WACCM-X for Mars. The student will be co-supervised by Prof. Daniel Marsh Leeds/NCAR, and will have the opportunity to make research visits to Boulder. The Paris LMD Mars model, which is available at Leeds, will also be used for the project through collaboration with Dr. Francisco Gonzalez-Galindo at the Andalucian Astrophysical Institute in Granada (Spain), where the student will also have the opportunity to visit. This project will provide a high level of specialist scientific training in: (i) the application of a world-leading atmospheric chemistry-climate model; (ii) analysis and synthesis or large datasets; (iii) use of advanced High Performance Computing facilities (e.g. the UK national supercomputer archer.ac.uk, and ARC4).
A maths/physics background is preferred but not essential
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