Local climatic effects of solar parks across the world – a means of mitigating climate change?
The rationale: Decarbonisation of energy supplies is triggering notable land use change across the world. Solar photovoltaics is projected to be the dominant renewable. To date understanding of the consequences of the exponentially growing land use change for solar photovoltaic parks on local climate is limited to a few climate zones and ecosystem types. Given climate regulates ecosystem processes, this prohibits prediction of the effects on ecosystem properties and service provision in different locations. The focus: This PhD will resolve the local climate impacts of solar parks, and effects on some ecosystem properties, across the world using remote sensing and GIS methodologies and cloud-based approaches. There is potential to develop numerical modelling, statistical and field skills. The candidate: We are looking for a motivated student interested in developing spatial analysis skills. They will benefit from transferable and research specific training and be part of LEC and Energy Lancaster.
Please be in contact with Dr Alona Armstrong ([Email Address Removed]) by 15th March to start co-developing a proposal. After 15th March Dr Armstrong will be back in the office on 8th April for further discussion and the deadline for submission is 18th April.
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.
Applicants should hold a minimum of a UK Honours Degree at 2:1 level or equivalent in environmental science, geography, ecology, statistics or computing.