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[Met-jobs] Imperial College London: PhD in LES of urban microclimates

From "van Reeuwijk, Maarten" <>
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Date Tue, 9 Jun 2015 09:54:40 +0000

A PhD studentship is available from October 2015 at Imperial College London. The project aims to quantify the impact of integrating urban green infrastructure (vegetated areas, green roofs, facades etc.) with blue infrastructure (urban water) on the local microclimate (temperature, humidity, air quality) in urban areas by means of high resolution large-eddy simulation.


This project will focus on the development of a large-eddy simulation code capable of determining the local microclimate in an urban area and how blue-green solutions are able to modify this. A particular focus of the project will be to incorporate effects of trees and bushes. The project will involve incorporating physics-based models for the interaction between the vegetation and water in an existing large-eddy simulation model for atmospheric flow over urban areas. The PhD will involve a blend of fundamental studies (such as flows through street canyons with vegetation) and realistic case studies, which will be validated with results from full-scale experimental facilities which are currently operational.


Applicants should:

a.    Hold or expect to hold an MSc/MEng in engineering (civil, mechanical, aeronautics etc.), meteorology or physics;

b.    be a citizen of the EU;

c.    Have a background in numerical modelling and programming. Experience with high performance computing is beneficial but not strictly required;


For further details of the PhD programme or an informal discussion contact Dr Maarten van Reeuwijk (



Dr Maarten van Reeuwijk

Section of Fluid Mechanics

Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Imperial College London

London SW7 2AZ

Tel. +44 (0)20 7594 6059

Fax +44 (0)20 7594 5991


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