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[Met-jobs] Fully Funded PhD (Uni of Exeter): Developing low cost Eddy Covariance

From "Hill, Tim" <T.C.Hill@exeter.ac.uk>
To "met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk" <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
Date Thu, 6 Dec 2018 10:01:18 +0000

Hi All,

 

I would like to advertise a fully funded PhD position (£14,777 per year, for 3.5 years full-time) to ‘Develop low cost Eddy Covariance’ at the University of Exeter. The call is open to UK/EU/International applicants, with a deadline of the 14th January 2019. More details can be found here: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/award/?id=3408.

 

PhD Background: Changing climate and land-use are affecting carbon dioxide (CO2) fluxes between the land-surface and the atmosphere. Recent climate mitigation approaches – such as carbon sequestration using Nature Based Solutions (NBS) – mean that it vital we have the tools to verify their success. Therefore, it is becoming increasingly important to accurately quantify these exchanges of CO2 at the ecosystem level.

 

PhD Challenge: The Eddy Covariance (EC) technique has the capability to provide the most direct measures of carbon dioxide (CO2) exchange between the land-surface and the atmosphere for whole ecosystems (Baldocchi, 2008). Indeed, in recent decades EC has become the state of the art for measuring whole ecosystem fluxes. In theory, at least, EC is ideally suited to monitoring and verifying the rates of carbon (C) sequestration achieved by Nature Based Solutions (NBS). However, the prohibitively high costs associated with conventional EC systems have presented a significant barrier to their widespread adoption (Hill, 2017).

 

PhD Scope: In this PhD, you will join a project to improve low cost EC instrumentation and to facilitate the monitoring and verification of carbon sequestration projects. You will help improve and test the low cost EC system by developing and testing instruments and/or developing data logging and processing software. The developments will be tested both in the laboratory, and during field work at the Rothamsted Research Farm platform in North Wyke, Devon, a National Capability funded by the BBSRC (Orr et al., 2016; https://www.rothamsted.ac.uk/north-wyke-farm-platform ).

 

PhD Supervisors:

Tim Hill (University of Exeter) http://blogs.exeter.ac.uk/timhill/

Laura Cardenas (Rothamsted Research) https://www.rothamsted.ac.uk/our-people/laura-cardenas

 

PhD Candidates: This PhD would suit a motivated candidate, who is interested in improving our understanding of environmental science through designing and building new instrumentation (including the physical hardware and/or the analysis software). A physics/electrical engineering/meteorology/micro-meteorology background would be ideal.

 

I would be hugely grateful if you could bring this opportunity to the attention of suitable candidates. If any one is interested, I am very happy to discuss this opportunity in more detail.


Best wishes, Tim Hill

 

 

HILL, CHOCHOLEK. & CLEMENT. 2017. The case for increasing the statistical power of eddy covariance ecosystem studies: why, where and how? Global Change Biology, 23, 2154-2165. (including the supplementary materials).

 

 

Tim Hill My Website
Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography
University of Exeter
+44(0)1392 724997
Geography, D438b Amory Building, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RJ, UK

 



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