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[Met-jobs] Ph.D. in Atmospheric Modelling of Wildfire Emissions, King's College London

From Marcus Koehler <>
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Date Mon, 20 Feb 2012 20:47:59 +0000

Funding opportunities for Ph.D. applicants who are eligible for NERC funding (see below for further details):

Real-Time Global Atmospheric Modelling of Wildfire Emissions Transport
Supervisors: Dr Marcus Köhler and Prof Martin Wooster

Biomass burning represents a globally significant flux of material (carbon compounds, other trace gases and aerosols) transported from the land to the atmosphere.  A major new modelling system designed to monitor and forecast the atmospheric impact of biomass burning in near real time has been developed by combining an atmospheric chemistry-transport model with operational satellite remote sensing observations.  This PhD project will evaluate and ultimately improve the system's accuracy by undertaking a series of case studies of major biomass burning events conducted across the primary eco-region types affected (boreal, temperate, tropical etc.) and which will be validated against independent sources (e.g. atmospheric chemistry and aerosol observations made from satellite and ground-based systems).  The aim will be to analyse the system performance, develop any identified improvements (e.g. in how biomass burning emissions are represented in the atmospheric transport model) and to provide the testing and validation needed to help deliver the final operational system.  The PhD will be conducted in collaboration with ECMWF, and the student will be provided with access to state of the art supercomputer resources in order to perform their own model runs outside of the near real time system (e.g. to analyse past events).  It is expected that there will be opportunities to attend one or several field experiments where biomass burning can be observed and characterised 'in person'.
Informal enquiries about this project should be directed at

Funding Opportunity for this Project:  Fully-funded PhD Studentship for UK/EU Students

One fully-funded NERC PhD-Studentship is available for new 3-year Doctoral Research projects in Earth Sciences starting in September 2012. 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, Environmental or Earth Science, and with MSc-degree level training in a relevant discipline. Prior experience and training in atmospheric science and atmospheric modelling (Fortran) are of advantage.

This studentship is shared in competition with other Ph.D. projects currently advertised in the Department of Geography. Final selection for the studentship will be based on the best partnering of applicant and project.

Application submission deadline:  5pm, Monday 26 March, 2012  

How to Apply:

Interested applicants are strongly urged to first contact for informal discussion and development before applying. Applicants should only apply if they meet NERC’s eligibility requirements for fees and maintenance as defined here:  (UK citizens or EU national who have been resident in the UK for the last 3 years).

Applications should consist of a 1-page statement of interest in- and suitability for this 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 the stated deadline. Informal queries regarding the studentships and the application procedure may be directed at:

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