|From||Chris Westbrook <email@example.com>|
|Date||Thu, 30 Jan 2014 16:18:28 +0000|
A new generation of 1km resolution weather forecasts being developed at the Met Office promises to revolutionise the prediction of hazardous weather such as flash floods and episodes of poor air quality. If such models are to realise their full potential they need higher resolution observations so the forecast can be initialised by the current state of the atmosphere. Lidar ceilometers have ben used for many years to measure the height of cloud base by transmitting a series of laser pules and observing the reflected signal. It has recently been realised that they can also provide profiles of backscatter from clouds and aerosols. This PhD project will exploit this currently untapped data source to improve the initialization of the forecast models. You will study how the backscatter profiles can be interpreted in terms of the variables used to represent clouds and aerosols in the models, and then examine any systematic differences between the forecast model and the observations, and how these may be reduced by changes in the model’s representation of clouds, aerosols and fog. The student will have the opportunity to attend collaborative workshops with other European Met services on the contribution made by new ground based profiling instruments on improving high resolution weather forecasts.
This PhD studentship is fully funded via a NERC Industrial CASE studentship with the Met Office, and is available to UK students and EU students who have resided within the UK for 3 years or more.
For instructions on how to apply visit http://www.met.reading.ac.uk/pg-research/pgrapplications.html More details on the project can be found here: http://www.met.reading.ac.uk/nercdtp/home/projects/desc/Westbrook_cristina_phd_v2.pdfFor informal inquiries about the studentship, contact Prof Anthony Illingworth firstname.lastname@example.org
-- Chris Westbrook Department of Meteorology Lecturer in Meteorology University of Reading Earley Gate Lyle 502 PO Box 243 Tel (0118) 378 5570 Reading, RG6 6BB .
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