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Multi-scale anthropogenic heat flux modelling: current and future energy systems

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  • Full or part time
    Prof S Grimmond
    Dr S Smith
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

Project Description

A full-time PhD studentship is available at the University of Reading, based on anthropogenic heat flux modelling. It will be jointly supervised by Prof. Sue Grimmond (School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences) and Dr. Stefan Smith (School of the Built Environment). The PhD project aims to improve understanding of the impact of energy systems on local urban climate and the feedback on spatial and temporal variations in urban climate. The project is embedded in understanding the interaction between engineered energy systems and bio-physical systems.

The project is to develop a generalized model with processes appropriate for integration into different urban land surface models that can be embedded within larger scale models and run at different scales (from city to global) to assess city, regional, and global scale implications of changes in the energy infrastructure in cities. This will draw on agent-based modelling, undertaken at the micro-scale, in order to scale-up behavioural characteristics for building energy use, transportation and other human activities from a neighbourhood/land-use up to an entire city. Such an approach will allow new energy and transport systems to be included, along with changes in human behaviours and activities, and their impacts evaluated.

A more detailed project description is available at

Enquiries are strongly encouraged and can made to either Prof. Sue Grimmond ([email protected]) or Dr. Stefan Smith ([email protected]).

Funding Notes

Full funding (from EPSRC) is available to UK and non-UK EU students who have resided in the UK for 3 years of more. Start date as soon as possible. To apply, please go to

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