FREE Virtual Study Fair | 1 - 2 March | REGISTER NOW FREE Virtual Study Fair | 1 - 2 March | REGISTER NOW

PhD in snow microphysics


   Department of Meteorology

This project is no longer listed on FindAPhD.com and may not be available.

Click here to search FindAPhD.com for PhD studentship opportunities
  Dr C Westbrook  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

The formation and evolution of ice particles (snowflakes) in clouds is an important problem in atmospheric physics. Ice particles in clouds influence the radiation budget of the earth. Meanwhile precipitating snowflakes are an important component of the hydrological cycle not only in polar regions, but also at lower latitudes where they melt during their fall to the surface, to produce rain. Unfortunately large uncertainties exist in our understanding of these important microphysical processes and our ability to simulate them quantitatively.

In our group at the Department of Meteorology at Reading we are conducting research into the fundamental processes by which ice particles evolve in the atmosphere, using
- state-of-the-art remote sensing observations at the Chilbolton Observatory (www.chilbolton.stfc.ac.uk), with particular focus on multi-wavelength and multi-polarisation techniques
- controlled laboratory experiments to understand the airflow around falling snowflakes and how that influences their evolution (see for example www.theguardian.com/news/2019/feb/15/weatherwatch-how-when-and-why-does-a-snowflake-fall)
- idealised theoretical and numerical models of microphysical processes
This PhD is an opportunity to contribute to these areas of novel research, with the precise focus of the PhD dependent on the applicant and their interests/aptitude.

To discuss this PhD opportunity informally please contact Dr Chris Westbrook ([Email Address Removed])

Funding Notes

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.)

How good is research at University of Reading in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences?


Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

Click here to see the results for all UK universities
PhD saved successfully
View saved PhDs