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Atmospheric dispersion of greenhouse gases using novel tracers - MScR in Global Environmental Challenges

Project Description

About the Project
Emissions of greenhouse gases are now widely recognised as a potential threat to the long-term stability of the Earth’s climate. It is vital to understand atmospheric dispersion in the fate of these chemicals, as they are distributed through the atmosphere. Numerous computational models have been developed to simulate the transport and dispersion of pollutants from their sources but still there are many unanswered questions. Fundamental to the evaluation and validation of these various models is the deliberate release of novel atmospheric tracer compounds. This project will explore how to initiate a successful tracer dispersion experiment by the release of tracers from a point source, over a defined time period, at a concentration sufficient to overpower any background concentration at the point of detection. A select number of computational models will be compared to evaluate the experimental data.

Why Choose this Opportunity
You receive training in laboratory-based methods (e.g. NICI-GCMS, gas dilution and release techniques) and computational modelling techniques. You will be part of the dynamic Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group and you will have the opportunity to work alongside ongoing Climate related projects such as the UK DECC and global AGAGE networks.

About You
An excellent background in a physical science with strong computational skills is required. Knowledge of a programming language (python) is desirable. Comprehensive training will be provided with all aspect of the project.

About the programme
The Cabot Institute Masters by Research is a unique opportunity to work with a leading supervisor to deliver a one-year research project that you are passionate about. The programme will bring together exceptional students from all backgrounds with a common mission – protecting the planet and securing our future. As well as learning from your supervisor, you will learn from your fellow students; coming together to share your ideas and developing your problem-solving skills as part of an interdisciplinary team over the year. As well as being hosted within the Cabot Institute you will have a direct relationship within the relevant School for your research area, allowing you to fully take advantage of a wide-ranging research community.
Alongside your research project, you will benefit from a unique personal development and transferable skills training schedule. These unaccredited, optional events will give you the opportunity to come together with your peers to improve your research skills and develop an innovative approach to the global challenges we face today. You will also be encouraged to propose your own interests for a seminar series, giving you a unique platform to mould your studies and get involved directly with the programme. The training schedule will focus on:
• Interdisciplinarity & Collaboration
• Innovation & Enterprise
• Making your research a success
• Research communications
• Ignite your interests (your chance to propose ideas for a seminar series)
You will also gain access to the Cabot Institute’s network of experts across academia, government, business and industry via networking events. These opportunities will not only support your research, but give you the edge in your future career, whatever that may be.

Funding Notes

An excellent background in a physical science with strong computational skills is required. Knowledge of a programming language (python) is desirable. Comprehensive training will be provided with all aspect of the project.

How good is research at University of Bristol in Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 46.45

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