Mineral dust is an important component of the Earth system. Dust is uplifted from deserts and arid regions by strong winds, and can be lofted into the atmosphere and transported for thousands of kilometres. While in the atmosphere, it interacts with radiation and clouds, affecting weather and climate. When deposted to the surface, it can supply nutrients to oceans and rainforest ecosystems, further impacting climate. Despite the many impacts of dust on weather and climate, accurately representing dust transport in models remains challenging, as does underpinning the exact optical, microphysical and radiative properties of dust from observations. This PhD is an opportunity to further our understanding of mineral dust properties, and their impact on weather and climate, through variety of tools such as aircraft and satellite observations and climate models. The exact approach of the PhD dependent on the interests of the applicant. To discuss this PhD informally please contact Dr Claire Ryder ([Email Address Removed]).
Applicants should hold, or be predicted, a strong undergraduate degree (2:i UK honours degree or equivalent), or Masters (merit or distinction level), in a physical or mathematical science.)
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