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[Met-jobs] PhD advert

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Date Fri, 24 Feb 2012 09:25:35 -0000

Please find PhD advert for posting – thanks in advance.


School of Physics

National University of Ireland Galway


PhD Opportunity in Regional Climate Modelling.


Project Title: Cleaner Air – A warmer Europe?


Project Outline: The European Commission, under the Clean Air For Europe (CAFÉ ) initiative and the Thematic Strategy on Air Pollution, aims to reduce excess mortality rates and mitigate against reduced life span across Europe resulting from air pollution.  Specific targets are set for air pollution exceedence levels,, reduced mortality rates, and increased life span by 2020.  These targets are developed with the best economic cost in mind and through Integrated Assessment Modelling.   While clean air is good for public health, it appears that it is bad for greenhouse-gas warming.  It is estimated that aerosol (particulate matter) haze and cloud layers have off-set the greenhouse-gas warming by 50% over the last century and estimates, using a global climate model suggests accelerate rates of global warming to the tune of 0.3-0.4°C per decade over the next 2 decades or so.  We propose to quantify the impact on European scale warming rates, with particular focus on Ireland, of current air pollution targets.  The climate scenario will be 2020 and it will be evaluate using the REgional MOdel with Tracer Extension (REMOTE).  REMOTE is a regional climate model based on the global climate model ECHAM4 and further developed to include atmospheric composition.  Specifically, it contains an updated version of the atmospheric chemistry module RADM2 and aerosol-cloud microphysics interactions, advanced aerosol formation, transformation and dynamics (M7 – seven mode modal model capable of handling natural and anthropogenic, primary and secondary aerosol species).


Duration: 3.5 Years


Must start before 31st March.


Annual Stipend: 16,000 euro plus fees.


Applications to


Closing date:2nd March





Professor Colin O’Dowd  MRIA, FRMetS, FInstP, DSc

School of Physics


Centre for Climate & Air Pollution Studies (Director)



National University of Ireland Galway, University Road, Galway, Ireland


Tel: +353-91-49-3306



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