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[Met-jobs] PhD position: Improving the accuracy of air quality forecasts

From "Roger Brugge" <r.brugge@reading.ac.uk>
To "met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk" <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
Date Fri, 13 Nov 2015 19:07:12 +0000


A PhD position is open at the University of Reading in the Meteorology 
Department on the project:

Improving the accuracy of air quality forecasts
Poor air quality has serious impacts on human health, in particular for those 
who suffer from chronic respiratory and cardiac illnesses. Public Health 
England has estimated that in the UK around 29,000 early deaths are 
attributable to particulate matter air pollution. This staggering impact makes 
air pollution one of the most important public health issues today. The 
recently exposed falsification of vehicle emissions data has added a new 
dimension to the problem, the consequences of which are still being 
contemplated. With this background, the reliable modelling and forecasting of 
air pollution is becoming increasingly important and high profile. A key aspect 
of improved modelling is the validation of pollution models and forecasts using 
observations. The strong spatial inhomogeneity of air pollution requires the 
development of improved verification techniques which can guide the 
identification of sources of model error. This aim of this challenging project 
is to develop these new and improved verification techniques to identify, 
isolate and quantify the meteorological and chemical sources of forecast error 
in a systematic way.  For more information on the project please contact 
h.f.dacre@reading.ac.uk<mailto:h.f.dacre@reading.ac.uk>.

Collaboration: The student will work with Dr Helen Dacre at the University of 
Reading and also spend at least three months at the Met Office during the 
project allowing them to observe how their research extends into an operational 
forecast centre.

Student profile: This project would be suitable for students with a degree in 
physics, mathematics or a closely related environmental or physical science. 
Previous knowledge of meteorology and atmospheric chemistry is not essential.

Funding particulars: This PhD project has guaranteed funding via a NERC 
Industrial CASE Award available for UK students, or EU students that have been 
resident in the UK for more than 3 years.

Start date: Available now

Contact: Applicants should download an application form 
http://www.met.reading.ac.uk/pg-research/pgrapplications.html.


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