Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS)

Current PhD Opportunities

Applications to start a PhD programme in October 2018 are now invited. The deadline is 8th January 2018. Available projects include:

Climate simulations show that vegetation is our friend – soaking up more and more carbon dioxide as human emissions rise. But such simulations do not do a good job of representing some of the effects of extreme weather. Recent observations are showing that extreme flood and droughts can damage the carbon sink. Your work will be the first effort to incorporate such extremes into future projections of carbon and climate. The project is led by Dr Wolfgang Buermann and Prof Piers Forster.

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The stratosphere is the atmospheric layer located just above the troposphere. It is crucial for life in Earth because it contains 90% of the atmospheric ozone that shields life against harmful solar radiation. The stratosphere affects surface weather and it may be the key to being able to make seasonal forecasts of European weather. In this project you will undertake cutting edge simulations to understand the role of the stratosphere in seasonal forecasts. The simulations will be done with the state-of-the-art WACCM model that accounts for the upper air effects of solar radiation. The simulations will be designed in collaboration with the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, and you will be expected to spend time working with scientists there. 

It is led by Prof Piers Forster (SEE), Dr Ryan Neely III (SEE) and Dr Dan Marsh (NCAR, Boulder, U.S.A.).

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This project will develop novel methods for efficiently and accurately simulating ice sheet surface melt to improve simulations of past and future ice sheet evolution. It will be led by Dr Lauren Gregoire (SEE), Dr Ruza Ivanovic (SEE), Prof Andrew Shepherd (SEE) and Dr Louise Sime (BAS). 

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This project is led by Dr Ruza Ivanovic (SEE) and Dr Lauren Gregoire (SEE). This project uses climate modelling to better understand the stability and variability of Atlantic Ocean circulation and its control on surface climate. The candidate will incorporate geochemical tracers of AMOC to a fast atmosphere-ocean general circulation model (FAMOUS). Using this tool, the candidate will run climate simulations to evaluate past AMOC and provide context for the short instrumental record.  

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This project will investigate the impacts of tropical eruptions on stratospheric composition and the magnitude of the associated radiative effects. The research will involve global composition-climate model experiments to quantify the different volcanic aerosol-chemistry and aerosol-radiation interactions described above, and thereby provide an integrated assessment of the effects of volcanic eruptions.

This project is led by Dr Graham Mann (SEE), Prof Martyn Chipperfield (SEE), Dr Alex Rap (SEE), Prof. Jim Haywood (Met Office) and Dr. Andy Jones (Met Office) Further details and how to apply

This PhD project offers the exciting opportunity to perform cutting edge climate research alongside leading scientists at the University of Leeds and the UK Met Office. The focus of the PhD is on the important topic of decadal climate prediction, which has been identified as a Grand Challenge for climate science by the World Climate Research Programme. You will undertake visits to the Met Office and learn how to perform and analyse decadal climate predictions using state-of-the-art computer modelling and data analysis tools. The project will allow you to connect with a large network of UK scientists involved in the NERC-funded SMURPHS project (Securing Multidisciplinary Understanding and Prediction of Hiatus and Surge Events) and with scientists around the world engaged with the Decadal Climate Prediction Project (DCPP). 

This project is led by Dr Amanda Maycock (SEE), Prof Piers Forster (SEE) and Dr Doug Smith (Met Office)

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This project will investigate the role of radiation changes in vegetation-climate feedbacks, using state-of-the-art models to improve our understanding of biosphere-atmosphere interactions with important implications for future climate projections. This project will be led by Dr Alex Rap (SEE), Prof Dominick Spracklen (SEE).

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