SCENARIO NERC DTP

PhD Projects


The projects listed below are available for application for entry in 2019.
Application deadline is 25 January 2019, although earlier applications are encouraged.

The projects are grouped by the research themes below. Most projects intersect with several themes and are listed under each one. On this web page, below the table of themes, all SCENARIO projects are listed.

Atmospheric dynamics & hazards

Hydrological cycle

Biogeochemical cycles and pollution

Human systems and the environment

Climate change & palaeoclimates

Ecosystems & biosphere

Earth observation & new measurements

Click on detail to see a full project description and information on the team of supervisors, including email addresses. Many of the projects have videos where the lead supervisor outlines the project. You are welcome and encouraged to email the supervisors of projects to ask them any questions you may have or to discuss the project. To submit an application, please see the Apply Now page.

SC2019-01 Detail A novel approach to modelling small-scale cloud variability in the atmosphere
Lead supervisor: Matthew Turner, University of Surrey.
This project has co-supervision at the University of Reading.

SC2019-02 Detail The impacts of long-term declines in insect abundance on ecosystem function
Lead supervisor: David Roy, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
This project partners the Environment Agency and the University of Reading.

SC2019-03 Detail How do trees affect the hydrological cycle?
Lead supervisor: Eleanor Blyth, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
This project has CASE sponsorship with Forest Research.

SC2019-04 Detail Impact of risk assessments for small water supplies in low income countries in the Southern Hemisphere
Lead supervisor: Katherine Pond, University of Surrey.
This project has collaborative funding from British Geological Survey.

SC2019-05 Detail Hominin dispersal, climate and encephalization
Lead supervisor: Chris Venditti, University of Reading.

SC2019-06 Detail A new approach to navigating uncertainty in climate-related hydrologic risk
Lead supervisor: Ted Shepherd, University of Reading.
This project has CASE sponsorship with Anglian Water.

SC2019-07 Detail The feeder stream: investigating the mechansims causing extreme precipitation in cyclones
Lead supervisor: Helen Dacre, University of Reading.
This project partners with the Met Office.

SC2019-08 Detail Climate change impacts on UK apple production and quality
Lead supervisor: Richard Ellis, University of Reading.
This project has CASE sponsorship with the National Fruit Collections Trust.

SC2019-09 Detail Electric dust storms: environmental challenges and impacts
Lead supervisor: Giles Harrison, University of Reading.
This project has support from the UAE Rain Enhancement Programme.

SC2019-10 Detail Bias correction in Data Assimilation
Lead supervisor: Alison Fowler, University of Reading and NCEO.
This project partners with the Met Office.

SC2019-11 Detail The fate and impacts of microplastics in freshwater systems
Lead supervisor: Tom Bond, University of Surrey.
This project has collaborative support with British Geological Survey.

SC2019-12 Detail Understanding forecast value in complex decision-making systems
Lead supervisor: David Brayshaw, University of Reading.
This project has CASE sponsorship with BT Research.

SC2019-13 Detail Coupled carbon, water and heat fluxes over the global land surface
Lead supervisor: Keith Haines, University of Reading and NCEO.
This project partners with the Met Office.

SC2019-14 Detail Improving our understanding of ice cloud microphysics using new aircraft and multi-wavelength radar measurements
Lead supervisor: Chris Westbrook, University of Reading.
This project partners with NCEO.

SC2019-15 Detail The role of post-tropical cyclones for European extreme weather
Lead supervisor: Reinhard Schiemann, University of Reading and NCAS.

SC2019-16 Detail Trapped lee waves as a source of low-level drag on the atmosphere
Lead supervisor: Miguel Teixeira, University of Reading.
This project partners with the Met Office.

SC2019-17 Detail Enhancing forecasting flood inundation mapping through data assimilation
Lead supervisor: Sarah Dance, University of Reading.
This project has CASE sponsorship with JBA.

SC2019-18 Detail Data synthesis and integration for improved climate impact assessment, modelling and policy
Lead supervisor: Rosalind Cornforth, University of Reading.
This project CASE sponsorship with Evidence for Development.

SC2019-19 Detail Climate Response to Short-lived Pollutants (CReSP)
Lead supervisor: Bill Collins, University of Reading.
This project has CASE sponsorship with the Met Office.

SC2019-20 Detail Nutrient release from coniferous woodland stimulated by changes in forest management: A new nitrate time bomb?
Lead supervisor: Martin Lukac, University of Reading.
This project has CASE sponsorship with Forest Research.

SC2019-21 Detail Analysis of peatland carbon dynamics using combined optical and microwave satellite data
Lead supervisor: Keith Morrison, University of Reading.
This project has joint sponsorship with the James Hutton Institute.

SC2019-22 Detail Engineering soil microbial carbon metabolism for multiple environmental benefits
Lead supervisor: Liz Shaw, University of Reading.
This project has CASE sponsorship with the Royal Horticultural Society.

SC2019-23 Detail The domestication of Amazon rainforests by pre-Columbian societies
Lead supervisor: Frank Mayle, University of Reading.

SC2019-24 Detail Evaluating and improving high-resolution high-impact weather numerical weather forecasts
Lead supervisor: Bob Plant, University of Reading.
This project partners with the Met Office and South African Weather Service.

SC2019-25 Detail Pan-African Heatwave Health Hazard Forecasting
Lead supervisor: Hannah Cloke, University of Reading.
This project has CASE sponsorship with the ECMWF.

SC2019-26 Detail Flow processes and turbulent exchange in urban canopies
Lead supervisor: Janet Barlow, University of Reading.
This project has CASE sponsorship with the Met Office.

SC2019-27 Detail Quantifying the flow and nutrient dynamic changes for a major flood relief scheme in the lower River Thames to better manage water quality and aquatic ecology
Lead supervisor: Mike Bowes, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
This project has CASE sponsorship with Black and Veatch.

SC2019-28 Detail Sustainable production and environmental protection: macronutrient modelling at the catchment scale
Lead supervisor: Andrew Wade, University of Reading.
This project has joint funding with the James Hutton Institute.

SC2019-29 Detail Improving river flood forecasts using machine learning and water observations from river camera images
Lead supervisor: Varun Kumar Ojha, University of Reading.
This project partners with Farsun Digital Ltd.

SC2019-30 Detail When (plant) life gets in the way: Investigating how vegetation attenuates sex pheromone odour plumes and communication between conspecifics
Lead supervisor: Robbie Girling, University of Reading.
This project has co-supervision with the University of Surrey.

SC2019-31 Detail The effect of multi-scale roughness on the structure of atmospheric turbulence
Lead supervisor: Marco Placidi, University of Surrey.
This project has co-supervision with the University of Reading.

SC2019-32 Detail Roles of woodland birds in the transmission of emerging tree diseases
Lead supervisor: Glyn Barrett, University of Reading.
This project has CASE sponsorship with the British Ornithology Trust.

SC2019-33 Detail Climate and Speciation in the Mediterranean biome
Lead supervisor: Alastair Culham, University of Reading.
This project has CASE sponsorship with the Royal Horticultural Society.

SC2019-34 Detail Exploiting the UK and Global COSMOS Soil Moisture Sensor Network to Provide Space Weather Alerts for Aviation and Critical Infrastructure
Lead supervisor: Keith Ryden, University of Surrey.
This project partners with Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the Met Office.

SC2019-35 Detail Evaluating the impact of woodland management and drinking water abstraction on groundwater-fed wetlands
Lead supervisor: Joanna Clark, University of Reading.
This project has CASE sponsorship with Southeast Water.


Other fully-funded PhD studentships are also still available at the Department of Meteorology PhD admissions page.