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[Met-jobs] Phd at Bristol: Desert dust and ancient oceans: Implications for climate and atmospheric CO2

From D J Lunt <D.J.Lunt@bristol.ac.uk>
To met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk
Cc F Monteiro <F.Monteiro@bristol.ac.uk>
Date Mon, 9 Sep 2013 12:27:37 -0600

Hi all,

The School of Geographical Sciences at the University of Bristol, UK
currently has available the following fully funded NERC studentship
(with additional CASE contribution of £1000 per year), starting
October 2013 (flexible):
"Desert dust and ancient oceans: Implications for climate and atmospheric CO2"

The PhD will involve using and developing climate and biogeochemical
models, to simulate and understand the impact of desert dust on the
ocean, millions of years in the past.

Desert dust is the main source of the iron which is required by living
organisms in the ocean. Insufficient supply of iron limits marine life
in large parts of the ocean and reduces the ability of the ocean to
regulate atmospheric CO2, and therefore our climate.  While there is
relatively good knowledge of the role of desert dust in controlling
the modern ocean biological pump, it is still unclear what might
happen in a warming climate. Examining the past period of the
Cretaceous (145 to 65 million years ago) can help, because of its
relatively warm climate, which occurred as a result of high
atmospheric CO2 at that time.

This project comes with an augmented student stipend consisting of an
additional £1000 per year provided by the project CASE partner.

For more information, see here:
<http://www.bris.ac.uk/geography/prospective-postgraduates/funded/documents/dl-fm-nerc.pdf>

For details of how to apply (deadline 30th September 2013), see here:
<http://www.bristol.ac.uk/prospectus/postgraduate/2013/apply.html>

For eligibility rules for NERC PhDs, see here:
<http://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/available/postgrad/eligibility.asp>

Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dan Lunt,
d.j.lunt@bristol.ac.uk
or Fanny Monteiro, f.monteiro@bristol.ac.uk

cheers,
Dan Lunt


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