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Quantifying the benefits of climate change mitigation for the agricultural sector (WARRENRU20SCIO)


Project Description

The risks associated with global warming have become well known and are synthesized in reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which inform global and national decision makers who create and influence climate change policy. The way that these risks accrue with global temperature rise is summarized in those reports pictorially in a so-called ‘burning embers’ diagram which may be found in (for example) the recent Summary for Policymakers of the IPCC Special Report on 1.5C warming of which supervisor Warren is an author https://www.ipcc.ch/sr15/. This diagram encapsulates well the diverse literature in existence on climate change risks across the world. At the same time, economists use integrated assessment models to inform decision makers, and in those models they require so-called ‘damage functions’ to indicate quantitatively how damages accrues with the level of global warming. At present these damage functions are very simplistic and based on relatively simple equations calibrated by IPCC statements of small datasets. The focus of this PhD project is to improve the representation of climate change impacts upon agriculture within these models, and to synthesize the accrual of risks to agriculture with global warming as so as to assist the work of the IPCC in the future.

The student will be housed within the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, one of the world’s leading Centre’s for work on mitigation and adaptation to climate change. The Tyndall Centre is a partnership of universities bringing together researchers from the social and natural sciences and engineering to develop sustainable responses to climate change. We work with leaders from the public and private sectors to promote informed decisions on mitigating and adapting to climate change.

For more information on the supervisor for this project, please go here https://people.uea.ac.uk/r_warren

Type of Programme: PhD
Start Date: October 2020
Mode of Study: Full-time

Entry Requirements:
Acceptable first degree in Maths/Computing, Physics/Chemistry/Biology, Physical Geography

Funding Notes

This PhD project is in a competition for a Faculty of Science funded studentship. Funding is available to UK/EU applicants and comprises home/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of £15,009 for 3 years. Overseas applicants may apply but they are required to fund the difference between home/EU and overseas tuition fees (which for 2019-20 are detailed on the University’s fees pages at View Website . Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual increase).

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