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Attributing Trends in Air Pollution Extremes Under a Changing Climate


Project Description

Poor air quality is a global health concern affecting virtually all nations and all of society. It is characterised by harmful levels of tropospheric ozone, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter (e.g. PM2.5), for which evidence links exposure to increased morbidity. Since the 1990s, the distribution of anthropogenic pollutant emissions (e.g. from transport, industry, agriculture etc.) has markedly shifted from Europe and North America to Asia – where rapid economic expansion has occurred. The goal of this PhD project is to quantify global and regional pollutant trends under a changing climate, with a focus on (a) understanding and attributing extreme pollution events and (b) determining source-receptor relationships – e.g. how have Asian emissions affected European air quality over the last decade; how will climate change influence trans-continental pollutant transport? To accomplish this, you will be trained to use state-of-the-art atmospheric models and will acquire transferable skills in programming, data analysis and scientific presentation.

Funding Notes

We are looking for a self-motivated candidate with an interest in atmospheric science/air pollution/climate. Applicants should hold a minimum of a UK Honours degree at 2:1 level or equivalent in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Natural or Environmental Science, or a related discipline. This project is well suited towards candidates with an interest in scientific computing.

Full studentships (UK/EU tuition fees and stipend (£15,009 2019/20 [tax free])) for UK/EU students for 3.5 years. Unfortunately funding is not available for International (non EU) students.

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