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[Met-jobs] PhD position in Meteorology and Risk Management (jointly between Univ. Reading and RMS Ltd. in London)

From Thomas Loridan <>
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Date Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:54:41 +0000

Extreme Wind-Storm Risk in Cities


A crucial part of the estimation of the impact of extreme wind-storms, such as hurricanes, typhoons and winter storms, is the modelling of the interaction between the atmosphere and the surface. Since most damage due to extreme storms occurs in cities, understanding this interaction in urban environments is a high priority.


A NERC Industrial CASE studentship is available for a PhD project in collaboration between the model development team at Risk Management Solutions (RMS, and the University of Reading (Sue Grimmond and Janet Barlow). RMS is the world's leading provider of mathematical models and information related to the financial impact of natural catastrophes. The aim of the project is to revisit the methodology used to account for the impact of surface roughness on damaging winds caused by extreme events such as Atlantic hurricanes, Pacific typhoons or windstorms in Europe. This will draw on new characterisations of urban land cover and surface roughness and re-analysis of an extensive database of gust observations in urban areas across the world. Updates to the current modelling framework, for use in an operational setting, will be proposed. The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in numerical modelling, programming and boundary layer meteorology.


Project Description:

Application date: mid-January 2014

Start: Oct 2014


Eligibility: meet NERC requirements


How to apply:





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