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[Met-jobs] Fully funded PhD studentship in the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading, UK

From Len Shaffrey <l.c.shaffrey@reading.ac.uk>
To met jobs <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
Date Thu, 04 Jul 2013 11:37:16 +0100

We are seeking a motivated individual with a good background in the physical, mathematical or geoscience disciplines for a PhD studentship on Evaluating the ability of atmospheric climate models to represent damaging European windstorms. The studentship is based at the Department of Meteorology in the University of Reading, UK.

The damaging winds associated with extreme European windstorms can cause large socioeconomic losses. For example, the three windstorms (Anatol, Lothar and Martin) that crossed North Western Europe during December 1999 caused an estimated 18.5 billion Euros of insured loss. Understanding how windstorms may respond to climate change is essential for assessing future weather risks. In order to have confidence in climate projections it is essential that climate models are capable representing a realistic spatial distribution of European windstorms as well as realistically simulating the high winds associated with extreme windstorms. The aims of this studentship are to i) assess the ability of climate models to represent extreme European Windstorms and ii) assess the long-term variability of European windstorms in long climate model simulations. The representation of European windstorms from the CMIP5 climate models and from the high-resolution HiGEM climate model will initially be assessed. An analysis of the projected response of windstorms to climate change will also be performed.

This PhD studentship is funded under the Climate-KIC programme (www.climate-kic.org) and full funding (including fees and stipend) is available to both EU and UK students. Climate-KIC PhD studentships also receive additional travel funding and training in innovation and entrepreneurship. The studentship is also co-funded by Hiscox insurance and will receive an additional top-up stipend (£1000.p.a) and travel funding. The studentship will start in October 2013.

For more details and instructions on how to apply visit http://www.met.reading.ac.uk/pg-research/

For informal inquiries about the studentship contact Dr. Len Shaffrey <L.C.Shaffrey@reading.ac.uk>

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   L.C.Shaffrey@reading.ac.uk             www.met.rdg.ac.uk/~swrshaff
   National Centre for Atmospheric Science, Department of Meteorology
   University of Reading, Reading, UK            [+44] (0)118 3785193




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