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[Met-jobs] Two PhD Funding Opportunities: King's College London

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Date Mon, 25 Apr 2011 11:36:58 +0100

Funding opportunities for those eligible for NERC funding (see below if you are not certain)

1)      Scaling Boundary Layer Flow and Turbulence

2)      Numerical Modelling of Land Surface Hydrology and Assessing Predictions of Surface-Atmosphere Exchanges

Surface-Atmosphere Interactions and Fluxes

Bridging the Gap between Aeolian Geomorphology and Meteorology: Scaling Boundary Layer Flow and Turbulence

Supervisors: Dr Andreas Baas and Prof Sue Grimmond
Understanding of boundary layer flow and turbulence is fundamental both in aeolian geomorphology, for wind-driven transport of sand and dust over beaches and dunes, and in local-scale meteorology, for surface-atmosphere exchanges of heat and moisture over urban regions. Both disciplines share the same concepts and theories, but work on very different physical scales relative to the size of the boundary layer and the roughness elements. This project will investigate commonalities and differences in application, interpretation, and assumptions of boundary layer flow theory, conducting field measurements in both environments using advanced instrumentation, to establish implications and knowledge transfer between the two disciplines.



Numerical Modelling of Land Surface Hydrology and Assessing Predictions of Surface-Atmosphere Exchanges
Supervisors: Dr Hannah Cloke and Prof Sue Grimmond
The representation of land surface hydrological processes in land surface schemes of atmospheric models is a challenging task, but one that is essential for atmospheric predictions used for weather forecasting and climate change. There has been little robust assessment of the influence of hydrological process representation and parameterisation on soil moisture estimates, river flow and feedbacks to the atmosphere, such as evaporation. This may be particularly poorly represented in urban areas. This project will undertake an uncertainty assessment of the hydrological representation in models such as JULES and HTESSEL, evaluate the impact on the representation of soil water exchange processes and predictions of surface-atmosphere water exchanges.


NERC-funded PhD studentships

Two fully-funded NERC PhD-Studentships are available for original 3-year Doctoral Research projects starting September 2011. Funding covers all tuition fees, a tax-free stipend of approximately £15,590 pa (including London Allowance), and a research support budget of approximately £9,000.

We are looking for motivated students with quantitative skills and a strong interest in Atmospheric, Earth/Environmental Sciences, with MSc-degree level training in a relevant discipline.

How to Apply

Applicants should only apply if they meet NERC’s eligibility requirements for fees and maintenance as defined here:
Applications should consist of a 1-page statement of interest in- and suitability for a specific Doctoral Research project, accompanied by a full CV that includes detailed information on academic qualifications and results. Applications should be sent as one integrated PDF document to:, by 5pm on Monday 16 May. Informal queries regarding the studentships and the application procedure may be directed at:



Professor Sue Grimmond    <>

King's College London

Environmental Monitoring and Modelling Group

Department of Geography  rm K4U.10

The Strand, London WC2R 2LS, United Kingdom

T: 44 20 7848 2275   F:  44 20 7848 2287

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