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  Modelling coastal cliff erosion/collapse as a result of extreme weather impacts: case study at east coast of the UK
  Dr M Heidarzadeh
Application Deadline: 26 June 2020

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Applications are invited for our EPSRC funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) PhD studentship for the project titled “Modelling coastal cliff erosion/collapse as a result of extreme weather impacts.
  Achieving Net-Zero - Hydrogen as a key factor for energy resilience and emission reduction for the UK water sector
  Prof B Jefferson, Dr L Alibardi
Application Deadline: 6 July 2020

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This exciting fully-funded PhD, with an enhanced stipend of £19,000 per annum and working in collaboration with Scottish Water and Anglian Water, will research the means of developing an evidence-based strategy for the UK water sector to switch towards a hydrogen economy aligned to achieving carbon neutrality.
  Hydrodynamics of Particle-Laden Flows: aerosols
  Dr S K Dadzie, Dr A Ozel, Professor R Ocone
Application Deadline: 30 April 2021

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Air quality control relies on the simulation of aerosol dynamics. This research is to develop new theoretical model and simulation tools for these particle-laden flows.
  Quantum Mechanics in Phase Space
  Dr M Everitt, Dr J Samson
Applications accepted all year round

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Reference. PH/ME-Un2/2019. School. School of Science. Location. Loughborough. UK/EU Fee band. Research Band 1 Classroom Based (£4,327).
  Development of novel energy-efficient integrated systems for building operation optimization (Application Ref: SF19/EE/ABE/Zingre)
  Dr K Zingre, Prof B Kumar
Applications accepted all year round

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The climate change and the rising living standard have significantly increased the electricity consumption by the building sector worldwide from 26% in 1980 to 54% in 2010, and predicted to further increase at alarming rate to 84% in 2050 (Zingre et al., 2017).
  Microbial survival in the energy-limited deep biosphere
  Research Group: Earth Surface Science
  Dr J Bradley, Prof M Trimmer, Prof L Belyea
Applications accepted all year round

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The deep subsurface biosphere contains a vast proportion of Earth’s microbial life and organic carbon. In deep, energy-limited settings, microorganisms persist over extraordinarily long timescales with very slow metabolisms – constituting an important analogue to the potential for life beyond Earth.
  Computational Fluid Dynamics Modelling of Tornadoes along Quasi-Linear Convective Systems
  Research Group: Atmospheric Science
  Prof D Schultz, Dr A Revell, Dr A Skillen
Applications accepted all year round

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The UK experiences as many tornadoes as the USA as a whole. 1.2 vs 1.3 tornadoes per 10,000 km2 per year on average (Mulder and Schultz 2015).
  Probing organic composition of the atmosphere with Time of Flight Mass Spectrometry
  Research Group: Atmospheric Science
  Prof H Coe, Dr J Allan, Prof G McFiggans
Applications accepted all year round

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There are a huge number of organic compounds present in the atmosphere. They are emitted from a wide range of sources that are both natural and man-made.
  Studying the formation of ice fragments during freezing and riming using high resolution holographic imaging.
  Research Group: Atmospheric Science
  Dr J Crosier, Dr P Connolly
Applications accepted all year round

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Ice and mixed phase clouds have important effects in the atmosphere, via interactions with incoming solar radiation and outgoing terrestrial radiation, and generation of precipitation which impacts on the surface.
  Understanding the formation and impacts of pockets of high ice crystal concentrations in mixed-phase layer clouds
  Research Group: Atmospheric Science
  Dr P Connolly, Dr D Topping
Applications accepted all year round

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This PhD project aims to understand how small-scale heterogeneity observed within clouds – so called “pockets of high ice crystal number density” – affect mixed-phase layer clouds (see Lloyd et al, 2015).
  Unlocking clinopyroxene records of magma and mantle oxygen fugacity
  Research Group: Geoscience
  Dr D Neave, Dr M Hartley, Dr R Jones
Applications accepted all year round

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Subduction recycles oceanic lithosphere formed at mid-ocean ridges back into the Earth’s convecting mantle, creating much of the deep compositional heterogeneity we now see reflected in the diversity of magmas erupted at mid-ocean ridges and ocean islands.
  Assessing the impact of long-term SO2 exposure on aviation
  Research Group: Volcanology
  Prof M Burton, Dr C Hayer, Dr S Loughlin, Dr R Clarkson
Applications accepted all year round

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Air travel is increasing globally, especially within regions surrounding the Pacific Ocean. The high density of volcanoes within that region means that the interaction between volcanic plumes and aircraft is expected to rise in the future.
  Global Volcanic SO2 Flux and Ground Deformation, using Sentinel mission data
  Research Group: Volcanology
  Prof M Burton, Dr C Hayer, Prof A Hooper
Applications accepted all year round

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Satellite remote sensing allows for continuous monitoring of hazardous and geographically distant volcanoes. Two key methods involve monitoring gas emission, using spectrometers, and measuring ground deformation, using InSAR (Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar).
  Dynamics of Midlatitude and Tropical Convective Storms
  Prof D Schultz, Prof G Vaughan, Dr L Garcia-Carreras
Applications accepted all year round

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Convection is ubiquitous in the atmosphere. Although the ingredients of deep moist convection are well known (lift, instability, and moisture), how those ingredients come together to produce the observed panoply of convective storms worldwide remains an active area of research.
  Sunlight exposure and cutaneous production of vitamin D in Black African/Afro-Caribbean adults
  Dr M Farrar, Prof L Rhodes, Prof A Webb
Applications accepted all year round

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Our main source of vitamin D is through skin exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) in sunlight. Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones and is associated with reduced incidence of several cancers and immune-mediated disorders.
  Addressing the challenge of air pollution: Novel measurements of particulate matter and gaseous air pollutants in the UK and South Asia
  Dr C Di Marco, Dr M Twigg, Dr Z Shi, Dr E Nemitz
Application Deadline: 5 June 2020

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Overview. Air pollution is of concern for human health and the environment. To mitigate air pollution it is necessary to first identify and quantify the sources of air pollutants, as well as understand their fate in terms of chemical transformations in the atmosphere and their deposition to ecosystems.
  ExoMolHD
  Prof S Yurchenko, Prof J Tennyson
Application Deadline: 22 June 2020

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The ExoMol team at UCL is the world leader in providing spectroscopic data for the characterisation and modelling of exoplanets and other hot atmospheres, see www.exomol.com.
  The climatology of thunderstorm downbursts
  Prof Mark Sterling, Prof G Kopp, Dr M Jesson
Applications accepted all year round

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Thunderstorm downbursts are relatively short-lived, extreme winds which can result in wind speeds matching those of medium-strength tornadoes.
  Microscintillator radioactivity detector
  Dr K Aplin
Applications accepted all year round

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This project offers an exciting opportunity to work at the interface between physics and engineering, and gain experience in industry.
  EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Aerosol Science

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The Centre for Doctoral training in Aerosol Science is now recruiting to our 4-year PhD programme for 2020 entry.
  A Comparative Study of Metallic Ions in the Atmospheres of Earth and Mars
  Prof J Plane
Applications accepted all year round

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Metals are injected into planetary atmospheres by the ablation of interplanetary dust particles. The major species (Fe, Mg and Na) exist as atoms and ions that are excellent tracers of dynamics and chemistry.
  Analysing forest aboveground carbon dynamics using dense time-series of satellite data and artificial intelligence
  Prof H Balzter
Application Deadline: 5 June 2020

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Recent advances in computing technology, cloud computing and high-performance computing are paralleled with advanced artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms and significant investment in the European Copernicus Earth Observation programme and its Sentinel satellite missions.
  Improving Key Carbon Cycle Processes in Climate Models Using Satellite Observations
  Prof H Boesch
Application Deadline: 5 June 2020

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The impact of man-made emissions on climate is recognised as a, if not the, major global societal issue. To understand the effects of these emissions (and mitigate/adapt to the subsequent changes), it is vital that we have a better understanding of the various couplings and feedbacks within the Earth system.
  Improving temperature observations from Space to close the energy budget of the Earth in support of UNFCCC objectives and the Paris Agreement
  Dr D Ghent
Application Deadline: 4 June 2020

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The main impact of greenhouse gases on the Earth’s system is a reduction in energy exiting the top of the atmosphere and increased energy storage in the Earth system.
  The Retrieval of Atmospheric Isoprene from Satellite INstruments (RAISIN)
  Dr J Harrison, Dr E Marais
Application Deadline: 5 June 2020

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Isoprene is the single most important non‐methane biogenic volatile organic compound (BVOC) in the atmosphere. Emitted from terrestrial vegetation, especially in the tropical forests, its annual emissions comprise nearly half the global BVOC budget.
  Towards improved weather forecasting via IASI satellite observations of carbon dioxide
  Dr J Harrison
Application Deadline: 5 June 2020

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The assimilation of satellite radiances is crucial for Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) models with the benefit approximately evenly split between infrared and microwave data.
  Atmosphere blocking dynamics: Persistence, re-intensification and interaction with other weather systems
  Dr O Martinez-Alvarado, Dr R Schiemann, Dr K Hodges, Dr D Ackerley
Applications accepted all year round

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Atmospheric blocking occurs when persistent high-pressure systems (or anticyclones) remain quasi-stationary over a given location or region at mid- or high-latitudes.
  Evaluating and improving high-resolution high-impact weather numerical weather forecasts
  Dr RS Plant, Dr T Stein
Applications accepted all year round

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Over the past decade, high-resolution numerical weather forecasting has become practical using so-called “convection-permitting” models for lead times of 1-24 hours.
  How predictable are Arctic cyclones?
  Dr K Hodges
Applications accepted all year round

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The area of proposed research is the predictability of Arctic cyclones.
  Improved time-stepping schemes in weather and climate models
  Prof P Williams, Dr H Weller
Applications accepted all year round

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"The task of predicting weather and climate may be reduced to the following iterative procedure. First, given the state of the system at any time (the input), use the governing equations to compute the state at a slightly later time (the output).
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