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[Met-jobs] Funded PhD position at University of Nottingham (UK) on solar radiation management and global water resources

From Simon Gosling <>
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Date Fri, 27 Nov 2015 12:56:20 +0000

A fully-funded PhD position, "Risks to global water resources from 
geoengineering the climate with solar radiation management", at University of 
Nottingham (UK), is currently open for applications. Full details on the 
project, how to apply, and funding eligibility criteria are available at:

Deadline to apply: Wednesday 13 January 2016 at 10:00 (GMT).

Global warming poses grave risks for society and ecosystems. To date, 
mitigation efforts have been insufficient to prevent greenhouse gas emissions 
from continuing to rise. Solar radiation management geoengineering has been 
proposed as a means to slow or reverse global warming by reflecting incoming 
sunlight back to space. Solar radiation management is receiving growing 
attention as a potential response to global warming, however its risks are 
currently unknown. For example, lowering global temperatures with solar 
radiation management would significantly reduce rainfall in some regions, 
potentially pushing them into water stress. A global-scale assessment is 
urgently needed to quantify the risks and opportunities that solar radiation 
management poses to global water resources.

The PhD candidate will explore this by applying simulations from the latest 
geoengineering climate model experiments run in the Geoengineering Model 
Intercomparison Project (GeoMIP) to a global hydrological model. They will 
investigate spatial patterns of rainfall, flood risk, drought, and water 
stress, across the globe, under a set of scenarios of solar radiation 
management deployment. They will answer policy-relevant research questions such 
as: which parts of the globe will benefit/suffer from solar radiation 
management; which regions would be better off with global warming than with a 
cooler climate achieved by geoengineering; and how long would it take for such 
changes to occur; all within the context of global water resources.

The successful applicant will join an expanding group in climate change impacts 
research. They will be supervised by Dr Simon Gosling (Associate Professor in 
Climate Risk) and Dr Nick Mount (Associate Professor in Hydroinformatics) at 
the School of Geography, and they will work closely with Dr Ben Kravitz 
(Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA) and Dr Peter Irvine (Harvard 
University, USA), with visits to both these institutions during the PhD study 

Dr. Simon N. Gosling
Associate Professor in Climate Risk
School of Geography
University of Nottingham
Nottingham NG7 2RD UK
Tel: +44 (0) 115 951 5437
Twitter: @simon_gosling

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