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Impacts of Glacier Retreat in the Peruvian Andes on River Water Quality - MScR in Global Environmental Challenges


Project Description

About the Project
Peruvian glaciers, like most tropical glaciers, have witnessed high rates of mass loss over the last 30 years due to warming temperatures and changing precipitation. While the consequent impacts upon the quantity of melt released are becoming better studied, impacts on water quality are poorly understood. Recent studies indicate a shift of river water chemistries towards acidic conditions with high metal toxicity, which has been linked to the retreat of glaciers over sedimentary rocks with a high metal sulphide content. This project forms part of a wider UK/Peruvian study, and aims to analyse the chemistries of several rivers draining Peruvian glaciers to ascertain controls on the inferred evolutionary pathway to toxicity.

Why Choose this Opportunity
You will have the opportunity to take part in a fully-funded trip to the Peruvian Andes to undertake data collection (suitable experience permitting)

About You
Some prior study of chemistry and chemical weathering, previous field and laboratory experience

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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FTE Category A staff submitted: 46.45

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