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[Met-jobs] PhD in Land surface/atmospheric modelling Leeds/CEH

From Martyn Chipperfield <>
Date Tue, 10 Jul 2012 15:09:33 +0100 (BST)

Funded NERC 3.5 year CASE studentship at the University of Leeds (School of Earth and Environment) and Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford.

Methane is the second most important Greenhouse Gas after carbon dioxide. Atmospheric measurements from ground-based sites and satellite observations are being used to constrain the global and regional emission estimates of methane. Although considerable progress has been made in recent years, there are still significant uncertainties in the amount, trends, spatial and temporal distributions of both natural and manmade sources. Wetlands are generally accepted as being the largest but least well quantified single natural source of CH4.

This PhD project willimprove the description of greenhouse gas emissions from natural sources, such as wetlands and biomass burning, in the UK JULES land surface model by linking the bottom-up process description in the model to atmospheric inversion estimates. A main objective will be to develop new parameterisations of methane release from wetlands and testing the resulting emission fluxes against atmospheric observations using atmospheric 3-D models. A secondary objective will be to investigate methane release from biomass burning.

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