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Atmospheric Ice Nucleating Particles - Is there a fingerprint of past changes in polar snow and ice? - MScR in Global Environmental Challenges


Project Description

About the Project
Cloud droplets freeze homogeneously at temperatures below -37℃, but the presence of ice nucleating particles (INP) can induce freezing at much higher temperatures. Even small numbers of INP have a large impact on cloud optical properties. However, INP sources and their distribution are poorly understood, causing significant uncertainty in climate models. Recent observations suggest that some INP are preserved in polar snow and ice, making polar ice cores a potentially valuable source of information on INP abundance in polar regions over past centuries and millennia. In this project you will adapt an existing method to measure INP concentrations in polar snow and ice core samples, working closely with researchers at British Antarctic Survey.

Why Choose this Opportunity
You will join a highly interdisciplinary team, develop excellent experimental and data analysis skills and apply them to a problem of real relevance to climate change.

About You
A background in physical chemistry or physics would be helpful.

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

Programme fees per year:
UK/EU Full time £6950, Part time £3560
Overseas Full time £21700, Part time £11100

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