SCENARIO NERC DTP

PhD Projects


The projects listed below are available for application for entry in 2018.
Application deadline is 29 January 2018, 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

Oceans

Land surface, hydrology & pollution

Space weather & atmospheric electricity

Climate change & palaeoclimates

Ecosystems & biosphere

Earth observation & new measurements

Human impacts and societal research

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.

SC2018-C01 Detail Video The impact of atmosphere wave ocean coupling on extreme surface wind forecasts
Lead supervisor: Suzanne Gray, University of Reading.
This project has CASE funding from the Met Office and is already funded by the NERC Industrial CASE scheme.

SC2018-C02 Detail Video Understanding the impact of Anthropogenic aerosol emissions on North Atlantic multidecadal variability
Lead supervisor: Jon Robson, University of Reading.
This project has CASE funding from the Met Office and is already funded by the NERC Industrial CASE scheme.

SC2018-C03 Detail Video Extracting likely scenarios from high resolution ensemble forecasts in real-time
Lead supervisor: John Methven, University of Reading.
This project has CASE funding from the Met Office and is already funded by the NERC Industrial CASE scheme.

SC2018-01 Detail Deciphering the effect of drag processes on the North Atlantic storm track
Lead supervisor: Maarten Ambaum, University of Reading.
This project has placement opportunities with the ECMWF.

SC2018-02 Detail Video Solar wind modulation of lightning
Lead supervisor: Chris Scott, University of Reading.

SC2018-03 Detail The characteristics of ground based pollutant flux measurement
Lead supervisor: Alan Robins, University of Surrey.
This project has CASE funding from the National Physical Laboratory.

SC2018-04 Detail Video Strengthening Arctic sea ice - ocean feedbacks: heat from below
Lead supervisor: Daniel Feltham, University of Reading.
This project has CASE funding from the National Oceanographic Centre.

SC2018-05 Detail Turbulent dispersion and thermal flux in the urban canopy
Lead supervisor: Phil Hancock, University of Surrey.

SC2018-06 Detail Video Constructing a space weather climatology for the power industry
Lead supervisor: Mathew Owens, University of Reading.
This project has co-supervision from EDF.

SC2018-07 Detail Video Indirect effects of emerging tree diseases on communities of woodland birds
Lead supervisor: Richard Broughton, CEH, Wallingford.
This project has CASE funding from the Bartlett Tree Experts.

SC2018-08 Detail Developing more robust soil moisture products from SAR imagery
Lead supervisor: Keith Morrison, University of Reading.
This project will be working with the NERC LANDWISE consortium project.

SC2018-09 Detail A storyline approach to explaining changes in precipitation seasonality I the Mediterranean during the Holocene
Lead supervisor: Sandy Harrison, University of Reading.

SC2018-10 Detail Video Interactions between radiation and convective organisation
Lead supervisor: Chris Holloway, University of Reading.
This project has co-supervision from the Met Office.

SC2018-11 Detail Understanding monsoon cloud development using Doppler weather radar and high resolution modelling
Lead supervisor: Andrew Turner, University of Reading.

SC2018-12 Detail Video The implications of climate and land cover change for river water quality: model development and scenario assessment
Lead supervisor: Andrew Wade, University of Reading.
This project will be sponsored jointly with the James Hutton Institute.

SC2018-13 Detail Video Forecasting land management and climate effects on earthworm populations
Lead supervisor: Alice Johnston, University of Reading.
This project has CASE funding from Syngenta.

SC2018-14 Detail Improving projections of monsoon rainfall using palaeodata
Lead supervisor: Ed Hawkins, University of Reading.
This project has CASE funding from the WWF.

SC2018-15 Detail Sensors for real-time monitoring of drinking water quality and treatment processes
Lead supervisor: Dan Lapworth, BGS, Wallingford.
This project is based at BGS Wallingford.

SC2018-16 Detail Video Do microplastics transfer potentially toxic elements from water to soil?
Lead supervisor: Monica Felipe-Sotelo, University of Surrey.

SC2018-17 Detail Accumulation of legacy phosphorus in farmland ponds : implications for nutrient management and water quality
Lead supervisor: Steve Robinson, University of Reading.
This project has involvement from the Environment Agency.

SC2018-18 Detail Video Measuring resilience and vulnerability to climate change induced shocks in developing economies
Lead supervisor: Ros Cornforth, University of Reading.
This project has CASE funding from Evidence for Development.

SC2018-19 Detail Weather and climate risk in future energy systems
Lead supervisor: David Brayshaw, University of Reading.

SC2018-20 Detail Video The control of cloud and moisture on extratropical cyclone evolution
Lead supervisor: Suzanne Gray, University of Reading.
This project has co-supervision and placement opportunities from the ECMWF.

SC2018-21 Detail Optimal exploitation of GNSS reflectometry signals for sensing land parameters
Lead supervisor: Craig Underwood, University of Surrey.
This project has CASE funding from Surrey Satellite Technologies Ltd.

SC2018-22 Detail Video A new approach to navigating uncertainty in climate related hydrologic risk
Lead supervisor: Ted Shepherd, University of Reading.
This project has co-supervision from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

SC2018-23 Detail Video Using aviation meteorology to improve aircraft safety
Lead supervisor: Paul Williams, University of Reading.
This project has CASE funding from the Civil Aviation Authority.

SC2018-24 Detail Video A global perspective on the urban heat island effect
Lead supervisor: Sue Grimmond, University of Reading.
This project has matching funding from EPSRC with co-supervision and placement opportunities from the ECMWF.

SC2018-25 Detail Improving weather forecast skill through innovative use of satellite data
Lead supervisor: Sue Hughes, University of Surrey.
This project has CASE funding from the Met Office.

SC2018-26 Detail Towards a theory for the surface layer of the ocean
Lead supervisor: Miguel Teixeira, University of Reading.
This project has co-supervision from the ECMWF.

SC2018-27 Detail Using Sentinel satellite remote sensing data to monitor the state of grasslands across a range of management intensities
Lead supervisor: Anne Verhoef, University of Reading.

SC2018-28 Detail Video Quantifying the impact of increased atmospheric CO2 and climate change on photosynthesis using Solar Induced Fluorescence
Lead supervisor: Tristan Quaife, University of Reading.
This project has CASE funding from NERC Centre for Earth Observation.

SC2018-29 Detail How predictable are Arctic cyclones?
Lead supervisor: Len Shaffrey, University of Reading.
This project has possible CASE funding from BMT-Argoss.

SC2018-30 Detail Video Quantifying the effectiveness of natural flood management in lowland catchments
Lead supervisor: Gareth Old, CEH, Wallingford.
This project has CASE funding from the Evenlode Catchment Partnership.

SC2018-31 Detail Energy transfer in marine ecosystems based on phytoplankton size structure from satellite remote sensing
Lead supervisor: Shovonlal Roy, University of Reading.
This project has CASE funding from CEFAS.

SC2018-32 Detail Video Interactions of charged dust with fog and clouds
Lead supervisor: Keri Nicoll, University of Reading.
This project has support from the UAE Rain Enhancement Programme.

SC2018-33 Detail Video Quantifying responses to abrupt climate change in the Andes, South America: Empirical data and model synergies
Lead supervisor: Stuart Black, University of Reading.

SC2018-34 Detail Video New stochastic representations for the uncertainties in operational numerical weather prediction
Lead supervisor: Robert Plant, University of Reading.
This project has co-supervision and placement opportunities from the ECMWF.

SC2018-35 Detail Money spiders as an 'evosystem service' in agri-landscapes
Lead supervisor: Richard Walters, University of Reading.

SC2018-36 Detail Video The combined health hazard predictability of wildfires and heatwaves
Lead supervisor: Hannah Cloke, University of Reading.
This project has CASE funding from Copernicus-ECMWF.

SC2018-37 Detail A novel approach to modeling small scale cloud variability in the atmosphere
Lead supervisor: Matthew Turner, University of Surrey.

SC2018-38 Detail Video How can the stratosphere help us predict the weather several weeks ahead?
Lead supervisor: Andrew Charlton-Perez, University of Reading.
This project has co-supervision and placement opportunities from the University of Oklahoma.


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