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[Met-jobs] PhD projects in air pollution and meteorology

From Ruth Doherty <>
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Date Tue, 19 Dec 2017 12:43:38 +0000

We are inviting applications with funding under the E3 NERC DTP program for PhD projects in the areas of air pollution, meteorology and aerosols based at the University of Edinburgh (Deadline is 11 January 2018):

“How is Air Quality in China influenced by Climate Variability?”

Prof Ruth Doherty (U. Edinburgh), Prof Oliver Wild (U. Lancaster), Dr Fiona O’Connor (UK Met Office), Dr Massimo Bollasina (U. Edinburgh)

Air pollution events are a serious health issue in many world megacities, including those in large industrialised regions across China. The East Asian monsoon can influence the frequent, severity and length of such air pollution episodes, through its influence on meteorological transport and chemical transformations. The aim of this project is to use coupled atmospheric chemistry and climate models to determine the influence of variations in climate such as changes in the East Asian monsoon (including the influence of ENSO) on air pollution in China.

“Anticyclones and blocking in Europe and its impacts on air pollution and heatwaves”

Prof Ruth Doherty (U. Edinburgh), Dr Kevin Hodges (U. Reading), Dr Massimo Bollasina (U. Edinburgh), Prof Gabi Hegerl (U. Edinburgh)

Atmospheric blocking occurs over large regions associated with anticyclonic high-pressure and leads to extreme weather conditions, such as heatwaves in summer and cold spells in winter and air pollution episodes year round. Both air pollution and heat waves have severe impacts on human health. The aim of this project is to use new anticyclone tracking methods to examine the development of atmospheric blocking in winter and summer and quantify its impacts on temperature and air pollution over Europe for present-day and future.

“Do Future reductions in Asian Aerosol emissions matter for regional and global climate?”

Dr Massimo Bollasina, Prof Ruth Doherty (U.Edinburgh)

It is widely expected that global emissions of atmospheric anthropogenic aerosols and their precursors will decrease strongly in the remainder of the 21st century. Aerosols play a key role in driving observed changes in the Asian monsoon in the late 20th century. The aim of this project is to improve our understanding of the key physical mechanisms by which changes in future aerosol emissions over Asia impact regional and large-scale climate.

"Mathematical models of urban dispersion"

Prof Jacques Vanneste, Prof Ruth Doherty (U.Edinburgh)

Air pollution is one of the main environmental risk associated with rapid urban development. This is motivating a vast research effort on the modelling of urban dispersion aimed at forecasting pollutant levels, guiding planning decisions, and testing mitigation measures. One of the obstacles in this modelling task is the huge range of scales involved, from the building scales (a few metres) to the regional scales (tens or hundreds of kilometres). To overcome this, we need to develop our understanding of the mechanisms of dispersion, especially at small scales, and of the scale interactions involved. The aim of this project is to develop this understanding through the study of idealised models which will be analysed using modern mathematical methods, multiscale methods in particular.


These projects would be suited to students with a good degree in physics, chemistry, mathematics, atmospheric science, or another closely related physical or environmental science.  Experience in computer programming is highly desirable.

NERC DTP Studentships are open to all UK citizens, and other European Union students who have lived in the UK for the past three years. There is also the possibility for China Scholarship Council funding but typically only one scholarship is awarded per year.

Please contact for further information and see a fuller project description at: 

Deadline for applications is 11 January 2018.

Professor Ruth Doherty
Chair 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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