|From||Vaughan Phillips <V.Phillips@leeds.ac.uk>|
|Date||Mon, 16 Jul 2012 21:41:26 +0100|
PhD Research Project Improvement of the Representation of the Cloud-Aerosol Interaction in Large-scale Models The School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds, UK, is seeking applications for a 3-year PhD studentship. Entry requirements/necessary background: A BSc degree in physics, engineering or a related area is required, with an MSc degree giving an advantage. Required skills: experience in using FORTRAN or C, and analysis packages such as MATLAB, is needed. Fluency in maths and statistics is essential. Some knowledge of atmospheric science and general physics is needed. Research topic: Prediction of global climate change requires accurate representation of the linkage between aerosol particles and cloud properties. Particulate aerosol pollution increases the amount of sunlight reflected to space globally from clouds. It can alter the precipitation production of clouds and their latent heating. Continental aerosols have been shown to modify the intensity of severe weather, such as hurricanes and other tropical cyclones. In this project, a cascade of cloud models will be applied to improve the representation of clouds and their microphysics in climate models. Clouds’ dependencies on aerosol conditions of chemistry and loading will be treated. Focus will be given to aerosol influences on glaciated clouds. The project will enable better prediction of climate change and aspects of severe weather such as hail, intense precipitation, lightning and hurricane intensity. Funding: The student will receive a stipend approximately at the level of similar funding by UK research councils (13590 GBP per year) and will not pay any tuition fees. More information and how to apply is given at: http://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/admissions-and-study/research-degrees/icas/phillips/ Enquiries about the post may be made by contacting: Dr Vaughan Phillips, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 9JT, United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0) 113 343 6429 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/people/v.phillips
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