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  How is climate change affecting atmospheric turbulence?


   Department of Meteorology

   Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Atmospheric turbulence is the leading cause of weather-related aircraft accidents and 

incidents. It injures hundreds of passengers and flight attendants annually, costs the aviation 

sector hundreds of millions of dollars, and increases aircraft fuel consumption and emissions. Research at the University of Reading has revealed that the jet stream at aircraft cruising altitudes is now 15% more sheared than when satellites began observing it in 1979. This shear strengthening is an expected consequence of climate change, and it implies a more turbulent atmosphere. This project will explore in more detail how climate change is increasing turbulence and potentially causing bumpier flights in future.

http://www.met.reading.ac.uk/~williams/

Eligibility requirement: Interested applicants should hold or expect to gain a minimum of a 2:1 Bachelor Degree or equivalent in a physical or mathematical sciences.

Please note: This project is for self-funded students only


Environmental Sciences (13) Physics (29)

Funding Notes

Please note:- This project is for self-funded students only.

References

http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/2017GL074618, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00376-017-6268-2, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nclimate1866

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