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[Met-jobs] PhD Studentship at the University of Edinburgh: Megacities and atmospheric chemistry (deadline extension)

From Paul Palmer <>
Date Thu, 30 Jan 2014 08:25:17 +0000

PhD Studentship at the University of Edinburgh: Chinese megacities and atmospheric chemistry

Co-supervised by Peking University

Start date: 1 October 2014 or before (previously March 2014).

This PhD studentship will focus on understanding the links between emissions, atmospheric transport and chemistry on determining atmospheric composition over and downwind of a Chinese megacity. The United Nations define a megacity as a metropolitan area with a total population in excess of ten million people. Megacities often result in challenging chemical environments to study because of the mix of biogenic, anthropogenic, and pyrogenic gases and aerosol, which is typically a result of urban areas progressively encroaching on natural ecosystems.

The main study tools will be the GEOS-Chem atmospheric chemistry transport model and its adjoint. We will initially focus on using data available from the European MetOp satellites. The student will focus on the mobile, industrial, and energy sectors that are directly related to rapid urbanization.

Research questions include: What controls the observed variability of ozone over a megacity and its surrounding region? What atmospheric modes of variability can be reliably observed by the space-borne data? Based on our current understanding of sectoral emissions what are the most effective mitigation strategies to control air quality?

The successful candidate will join an active research group who study the troposphere using models, data, and theory:

More information on the project is available at

The PhD is funded by the NERC National Centre for Earth Observation. Stipend and fees are only available to UK citizens; and citizens of EU member states are only eligible for fees. See

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