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SCENARIO - Pollutant transport, air quality and the urban environment

Project Description

This project, based in one of the world’s only stratified atmospheric boundary layer simulating wind-tunnels, will study the complex relationships between temperature, turbulence and transport within the built environment using some of the world’s most sophisticated instrumentation. To date, there has been very little work done to comprehensively include the effects of temperature in the study of urban turbulence and air quality.

In particular, this project is aimed at improving dispersion and air quality models, in order to better understand the mechanisms by which contaminants (like vehicle exhaust) distributes along street canyons when driven by both the incident wind and the effects of thermal buoyancy.

Training opportunities:
The student will be working in the EnFlo Laboratory (a NCAS National Facility with a strong international reputation), and will join a well-established, collaborative team of more than 30 students, researchers and academics. The student will also work in close collaboration with our spin-off company, Surrey Sensors Ltd., to develop any derivative commercially-viable technologies.

Student profile:
Applicants should hold or expect to gain a minimum of a 2:1 Bachelor Degree, Masters Degree with Merit, or equivalent in (ideally) mechanical or aerospace engineering (or related subject area) with experience in fluid flows.

To apply, please follow the instructions at

Funding Notes

This project is potentially funded by the Scenario NERC Doctoral Training Partnership, subject to a competition to identify the strongest applicants.

This project will be supported by an in-kind contribution by Surrey Sensors Ltd.

Due to restrictions on the funding this studentship is open to UK students and EU students who have lived in the UK for the past three years. The DTP can only fund a very limited number of international students, so only applications from international students with an outstanding academic background placing them in the top 10% of their cohort will be considered.

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