Please find PhD advert for posting – thanks in
School of Physics
of Ireland Galway
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
Annual Stipend: 16,000 euro plus fees.
Applications to email@example.com
Closing date:2nd March