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Deadly Climate Hazards Combined: Tropical Cyclones and Deadly Heat


Project Description

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

Find out more: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/supporting-you/research/

Project Detail

Tropical cyclones and extreme heat are two of the deadliest climate hazards, with hundreds of thousands of lives lost to both perils since the turn of the century. Climate change is likely to cause both severe tropical cyclones and intense heat events to become frequent. Might deadly heat events therefore begin to strike communities recovering from powerful tropical cyclones? The potential impacts of such a scenario cannot be overstated, given the growing dependency on air conditioning, and the mega-blackouts following recent major tropical cyclones. Although such a compound hazard has not yet struck a well-populated coastline, this good fortune is unlikely to hold much longer.

Where is currently at risk from this tropical cyclone and deadly heat hazard? How will this change as climate warming continues? What impacts and challenges could such a compound event deliver? The PhD will address fundamental questions like these using techniques as diverse as media searching and numerical modelling. This range reflects the considerable scope for the project to be moulded to the specific interests of the PhD candidate as the work progresses. In addition to the supervisory team, a senior industry specialist in disaster risk reduction will provide guidance, enhancing industry exposure and improving employability prospects for the successful applicant.

Find out more

For further information on this project, please see the main CENTA website (http://www.centa.org.uk/) or contact Dr Tom Matthews ().

Entry requirements

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

How to apply

To apply:
1. Complete a CENTA studentship application form in Word format (available from http://www.centa.org.uk/apply/ or http://www.centa.org.uk/media/1202/centa-studentship-application-form.docx.).
2. All applications should also be made online at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/. Under programme name, select “Geography and Environment”. During the online application process, upload the CENTA studentship application form as a supporting document.

Please quote CENTA18-LU1 when completing your online application.

Funding Notes

The studentship is for 3.5 years and is intended to start in October 2019. The studentship provides a tax free stipend of £14,777 per annum (in 2018/19) for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate 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 be considered for this position. Further guidance about eligibility is available at UKRI Terms and Conditions.

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