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DTC GEO 2 - Wildfires – carbon source or sink? Quantifying the degradation resistance of charcoal produced in different types of vegetation fires

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  • Full or part time
    Dr S Doerr
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Wildfires emit the equivalent of 30% of the global carbon (C) emissions from fossil fuel combustion, but are widely considered C neutral as the emitted C is normally taken up again as vegetation regrows. In fact, the production of C-enriched and degradation-resistant charcoal during fires may lead to a net sequestration of C. This project aims at including this C sequestration potential of charcoal in global C budgeting by (i) quantifying the degradation resistance of charcoal produced in different types of vegetation fires and (ii) incorporating this information in C flux models.

Entry requirements

Candidates must have a minimum of an upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, or an appropriate Master’s degree (with Merit). Informal enquiries are welcome by emailing the project supervisor.

For candidates whose first language is not English, we require IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 in each component) or equivalent. Please visit our website for a list of acceptable English language tests. We prefer candidates to have already met the English Language requirements at the point of application, although this is not a requirement.

How to apply

Visit our webpage for details - http://www.swansea.ac.uk/science/research/dtc/biosciences-projects-2018-19/

Please include the project ID and title in your email subject header (eg. DTC GEO xxxxxx)

Funding Notes

Student Finance England have announced plans to offer student loans for PhD level courses from September 2018 for courses at any PhD awarding university (including Swansea University). Full details are still to be confirmed. Visit our website for updated information. – http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/pg-loans/

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