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[Met-jobs] PhD CASE studentship: Air quality in Beijing's haze and urban environment at the University of Edinburgh

From Ruth Doherty <>
Date Fri, 8 Jan 2016 15:09:27 +0000

PhD CASE studentship: Air quality in Beijing's haze and urban environment

NERC Industrial CASE studentship at the School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with Cambridge Environmental Research consultants (CERC) and the Lancaster Environment Centre at Lancaster University.

Supervisors: Dr Ruth Doherty (Edinburgh:, Dr David Carruthers (CERC:, Dr Oliver Wild (Lancaster).

In Beijing, a megacity of 21 million inhabitants, air pollution levels are amongst the highest in the World. The formation of pollutant haze reduces sunlight reaching the ground, hindering the formation of the urban boundary layer that disperses pollutants and thus intensifies human exposure to these pollutants. In addition, reduced sunlight strongly influences atmospheric photochemistry, slowing the removal of two other main pollutants: nitrogen dioxide and ozone. To accurately simulate urban air quality, a comprehensive representation in models of the interactions between haze, sunlight, heating and air pollution is vital. The aim of this project is to further develop and use an urban pollution dispersion and chemistry model ADMS-Urban to explore the impacts of haze on urban air quality. The student will work with scientists at Edinburgh, CERC and Lancaster to:

  • Include extended chemistry into in the ADMS- Urban dispersion and chemistry model for Beijing
  •  Implement a treatment of haze (radiation and photochemistry) effects into ADMS-Urban
  •  Use this haze formulation to investigate haze and urban heat island impacts over Beijing

The ADMS-Urban model is being used in the multi-institutional “AIRPRO” project that involves ten UK universities funded by NERC under the “Atmospheric Pollution & Human Health in a Developing Megacity” thematic programme. The student will join an active team of researchers and PhD students on the AIRPRO project and benefit from complementary training. ADMS-Urban is a world leading urban air quality model- used for air quality forecasting during the Beijing and London Olympics.

A detailed project description and details of how to apply can be found at:

Funding and Eligibility

This project has guaranteed funding and a CASE award thus applicants will not be in competition with applicants for other projects within the Edinburgh E3 NERC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). The application deadline is Jan 22nd. Eligible (see below) applicants are encouraged to contact Dr Ruth Doherty ( to express interest as soon as possible.

UK nationals and those EU nationals who have spent the 3 years immediately preceding the PhD in the UK undertaking undergraduate study or undergraduate study plus a postgraduate Masters are eligible to apply. Other EU candidates are eligible but the funding would cover the fees only. Non-EU candidates are not eligible unless they have Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK.
Dr Ruth Doherty
Reader in Atmospheric Sciences,
School of GeoSciences,
University of Edinburgh,
Crew building,
Alexander Crum Brown Road
EH9 3FF 
ph: +44 (0)131-650-6759.

Please note that I work part-time. 
On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays 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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