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[Met-jobs] PhD studentship: Balancing the global methane budget

From Matthew Rigby <Matt.Rigby@bristol.ac.uk>
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Date Tue, 20 Nov 2012 13:34:25 +0000

PhD studentship at the University of Bristol, UK

Supervisors: Matt Rigby (School of Chemistry) and Ed Hornibrook (School of 
Earth Sciences)

Methane is produced and released from a range of natural and human sources, and 
is second only to carbon dioxide in its contribution to man-made ‘global 
warming’. However, a great deal of uncertainty remains about the drivers of 
current atmospheric methane variability. Measurements of the isotopologues of 
methane have the potential to provide a wealth of useful information for 
understanding the methane cycle, because different sources emit methane with 
different isotopic compositions. This project will re-evaluate stable isotope 
signatures currently assigned to methane emission sources and sinks and, where 
necessary, will involve new measurements for recently identified and 
significant sources of methane. The re-assessed values will then be used in a 
new ‘inverse model’ framework for the global methane cycle. Sources will be 
re-evaluated using measurements of the concentration and stable isotope 
composition of atmospheric methane obtained from a global network of monitoring 
stations.

Applications should be made through the School of Earth Sciences postgraduate 
recruitment website: 
http://www.bristol.ac.uk/earthsciences/courses/postgraduate/methanebudget.html/view.
 Contact Matt Rigby (matt.rigby@bristol.ac.uk) and Ed Hornibrook 
(ed.hornibrook@bristol.ac.uk) for more information.

Deadline: 31st January 2013

Further details: 
http://www.bristol.ac.uk/earthsciences/courses/postgraduate/methanebudget.html/view


Matt Rigby:
web.mit.edu/mrigby

Ed Hornibrook:
http://www.bristol.ac.uk/earthsciences/people/edward-r-hornibrook/index.html

Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group:
http://www.bris.ac.uk/chemistry/research/acrg

School of Chemistry postgraduate website:
http://www.bris.ac.uk/chemistry/courses/postgraduate/

School of Earth Sciences postgraduate website:
http://www.bristol.ac.uk/earthsciences/courses/postgraduate/
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Matt Rigby
NERC Advanced Research Fellow
School of Chemistry
University of Bristol
BS8 1TS
UK
 
+44 (0) 117 33 17042
 
web.mit.edu/mrigby
 




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