|From||Vaughan Phillips <V.Phillips@leeds.ac.uk>|
|Date||Mon, 22 Oct 2012 16:44:58 +0100|
PhD Research Project Modeling Study of the Cloud-Aerosol Interaction 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: The linkage between aerosol particles and cloud properties is crucial to treat in atmospheric models when projecting future changes in climate. 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 can modify the intensity of systems of severe weather, such as hurricanes and other tropical cyclones. In this project, clouds’ dependencies on aerosol conditions of chemistry and loading will be treated in a hierarchy of cloud models and large-scale models. Focus will be given to influences from aerosol pollution on glaciated clouds. The aim is to represent this linkage better in the large-scale models used for climate studies. The project will benefit the community by allowing more accurate prediction of severe weather and climate change. Hail, intense precipitation, lightning and hurricane intensity are all aspects of severe weather, with broad socio-economic impacts and with physical dependencies on aerosol properties of the environment. 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/
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