November 2012
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[Met-jobs] PhD Opportunity at the University of Birmingham (UK)

From "Roger Brugge" <>
To "" <>
Date Thu, 8 Nov 2012 08:51:50 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

The following opportunity is currently advertised at the University of
Birmingham for PhD study:

What spatial resolution do we need for an urban network of air
temperature sensors?

In 2010, NERC invested £700k to fund a demonstration network consisting
of over 30 weather stations and 250 air temperature sites to measure and
monitor the spatial extent of the urban heat island in Birmingham. The
end result will be a heavily ‘sensored’ city and indeed, a unique urban
climate laboratory. This PhD will be one of the first to use the data
from this exercise and will investigate the overall success of the
deployment strategy. A range of techniques will be used to identify
redundancy or gaps in the coverage leading to recommendations for future
deployment in other urban areas.

The overall aim of this project is to assess whether the deployment
strategy used by BUCL is successful and follows on from similar work
already completed for the road weather sector (see Hammond et al, 2010).
Once instrumentation has been deployed, it will be possible to use
techniques to identify any redundancies / gaps in the network. The aim
will be met by the following objectives: 1. Identification of redundancy
in the networks by comparing pairs of samples of climate data 2.
Identification of gaps in the network by investigating urban climate
zones (e.g. Stewart & Oke, 2012). This will be achieved by using new
primary data collected by transect techniques and / or satellite
imagery. 3. Provide an optimised deployment strategy to cover the entire
West Midlands conurbation.

4. Contribute towards a new protocol for future deployments

Applicants should apply via
and click on ‘Apply now’ and choose the option ‘PhD in Division of
Environmental Health and Risk Management’ and give the PhD title in the
‘Funding details’ section of the online application.

    Dr Lee Chapman
    Senior Lecturer in Applied Meteorology and Climatology
a: School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences
    College of Life and Environmental Sciences
    University of Birmingham
    B15 2TT, UK
t: ++44 (0)121 414 7435
f: ++44 (0)121 414 5528

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