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[Met-jobs] NERC and CASE funded PhD studentship

From Ruth Doherty <>
Date Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:59:35 +0000

Fully-funded NERC industrial CASE PhD studentship at the University of Edinburgh starting September 2014
CASE partner: UK Met Office, Hadley Centre

“Impacts of climate change and emissions on atmospheric composition and on air pollution”

 Supervisors: Ruth Doherty and Mat Heal (Schools of Geosciences and Chemistry, University of Edinburgh), Fiona O’ Connor and Gerd Folberth (Met Office, Hadley Centre), Graham Mann (University of Leeds)

Summary: Air pollution is the environmental factor with the greatest impact on human health in Europe. Yet, understanding the distribution of these air pollutants is complex: they are largely produced by interacting chemical reactions within the atmosphere rather than being directly emitted, there are multiple anthropogenic and natural sources of the precursors, and all these processes are influenced by atmospheric and land-surface conditions and meteorological transport. Thus, as climate changes, atmospheric composition will be affected.

The aim of this project is to use the UK Chemistry and Aerosol (UKCA) community model under present-day and future to compare the impacts of climate and emission change on atmospheric composition, and determine the key drivers of change. Key questions may include: what is the contribution of local emissions versus regionally-transported pollution to air pollution? Which constituents of PM are most dominant during air pollution episodes now and in the future? Which key transport and chemistry processes associated with regional climate change drive changes in atmospheric composition and air quality exceedances?

CASE partner: The student will have the opportunity to spend time at the UK Met Office during the project. The Met Office also provides extra funding additional to the NERC student stipend.

For further project details see:
The on-line application can be found at:

This project is available as fully-funded for UK citizens as well as EU citizens who meet NERC eligibility requirements. See: for more information.

Contact: Ruth Doherty (, Mathew Heal (, Fiona O’Connor ( Whilst there is currently no closing date, the position will be filled as soon as possible, so early contact and discussion with the supervisors is advised.

Dr Ruth Doherty
School of GeoSciences,
Crew building,
University of Edinburgh, 
King's buildings,
EH9 3JN.
ph: +44 (0)131-650-6759.
fax: +44 (0) 131-662-0478

Please note that I work part-time. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays I leave the office at 2:30pm.
The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in
Scotland, with registration number SC005336.

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