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[Met-jobs] Air Pollution in Vietnam PhD Opportunity

From "Claire Reeves (ENV - Staff)" <C.Reeves@uea.ac.uk>
To "met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk" <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
Date Mon, 27 Nov 2017 10:04:56 +0000

PhD on Air quality and the Sources of Air Pollution in Vietnam

 

Studentship available at the University of East Anglia as part of the EnvEast DTP (Doctoral Training Partnership) (reference ID: REEVES_UENV18EE).

 

The deadline for applications is 8 January 2018.

 

A brief description is below, with details of funding and how to apply on the EnvEast webpage (http://www.enveast.ac.uk/). Additional enquiries, please contact Prof. Claire Reeves (c.reeves@uea.ac.uk).

 

Problem

The World Health Organisation (WHO) describes poor air quality as the largest environmental health risk and attributes 8 million deaths each year to air pollution. Vietnam has undergone rapid population growth and industrialisation, which has led to it becoming one of the most polluted countries in the world, ranked 170 out of 180 countries for air quality (Environmental Performance Index, Yale University, 2016).

 

Aim

To quantify the sources of air pollution in Vietnam to provide informed advice for air quality management.

 

Methodology

This PhD is associated with a UK-Vietnamese Partnership on Air Pollution and Human Health (APHH) which has funded the “2-Cities” project led by the co-supervisor.  It is in collaboration with the UK universities of Manchester, York and Cranfield and the Vietnam National University, involves field campaigns in the cities Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi and will produce the first comprehensive data set on air pollution in Vietnam. It provides an exciting opportunity to investigate the sources of air pollution in Vietnam and so provide informed policy advice. The PhD involves using software packages to statistically analyse the field data and running a regional, atmospheric chemistry model (WRF-Chem) to simulate the conditions observed during the campaigns. The latter will require a consideration of the emissions of nitrogen oxides and organic compounds from vehicles, industry, cooking, and burning (rubbish and biomass), how pollutants are chemically transformed and transported in the atmosphere. The field data will be used to evaluate the model, and simulations will be performed to investigate viable ways of meeting WHO air quality guidelines.

 

Training

The student will gain field experience, going to Vietnam during the campaign, and receive training in numerical weather/chemistry modelling and analysis of data. This will provide them with transferable skills related to computer programming and modelling, data analysis and visualization, model and measurement uncertainties. They will go on training courses in Atmospheric Science, Computational Atmospheric Science and the WRF-Chem model. The student will gain experience in working collaboratively and with international partners.

 

Person Specifications

Background in maths, chemistry, physics, computing or environmental science. Interest in air quality, and enjoyment of computer programming.

 

 

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Prof. Claire E. Reeves,
Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences,

School of Environmental Sciences,
University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7TJ.

Tel: 01603 593625

Email: c.reeves@uea.ac.uk

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