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Arctic-sourced mineral dust fluxes: quantification, drivers and impacts

Project Description

Application details

Reference number: CENTA20-LU3
Start date: 1 October 2020
Closing date: 10 January 2020
Interview date: Week beginning 3 February 2020

Primary supervisor: Prof. Joanna Bullard
Secondary supervisor: Dr Matthew Baddock

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Project Detail

Mineral dust is now established as having a key influence in a wide range of biogeochemical cycles, and as a significant player within the Earth system. While most research on dust has been undertaken in the desert low latitudes, the operation of the Arctic (and other high latitude regions) as a source of dust has only recently been appreciated. This is profound because dust generated in the Arctic may have local impacts on particularly sensitive environmental and ecological systems.

What is crucially lacking for Arctic environments are robust, comprehensive datasets that can allow us to characterise the land-atmosphere interactions which drive dust emission. To tackle such a research gap, this novel project seeks to investigate the processes, controls and rates of dust emission in the Arctic. This project offers a range of research opportunities and experience, including fieldwork campaigns at dust-emitting sites in the Arctic in order to quantify dust fluxes, and their relationship with micrometeorological drivers. The project will also provide advances in modelling, as the field data will be used to test and improve existing models for the prediction of dust flux, recognised as an essential need to better understand dust-yielding Arctic environments.

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For further information on this project, please see the main CENTA website ( or contact Prof Joanna Bullard () or Dr Matthew Baddock ().

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally need to hold, or expect to gain, at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in Geography, Biology, Earth Science or Environmental Science. A Master’s degree and/or experience in a related area associated with the research will be an advantage.

Contact details

Name: Dr Matthew Baddock
Email address:
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 222798

How to apply

To apply:
1. Complete a CENTA studentship application form in Word format (available from
2. All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select “Geography and Environment”. During the online application process, upload the CENTA studentship application form as a supporting document.

Please quote CENTA20-LU3 when completing your online application.

Funding Notes

The studentship is funded for 3.5 years and is intended to start in October 2020. The studentship provides a tax-free stipend of £15,009 per annum (in 2019/20) for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (£4,327 in 2019/20) and a research training support grant of £8,000. Please note that due to restrictions imposed by the funder, only students with a UK/EU fee status will initially be considered for this position. Further guidance about eligibility is available at UKRI Terms and Conditions.

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