SCENARIO NERC DTP

PhD Projects


The projects listed below are currently available for application for entry in September 2017.

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.

SC2017-01 Detail Video Atmospheric Rivers and the Land Surface: Drivers of Extreme Floods
Lead supervisor: Andrew Wade, University of Reading.
This project has NERC Industrial CASE funding from the Environment Agency.

SC2017-02 Detail The Role of Updrafts in Cloud Evolution
Lead supervisor: Thorwald Stein , University of Reading.
This project has NERC Industrial CASE funding from the Met Office.

SC2017-03 Detail Optimal Exploitation of GNSS Reflectometry Signals for Sensing Land Parameters
Lead supervisor: Craig Underwood, University of Surrey.
This project has CASE funding from SSTL.

SC2017-04 Detail Quantifying Arctic Storm Risk in a Changing Climate
Lead supervisor: Jonny Day, University of Reading.
This project has CASE funding from XL Catlin.

SC2017-05 Detail Translation of Remote Sensing Data into Sustainable Development Indicators (TRISDI)
Lead supervisor: Stephen Morse, University of Surrey.
This project has CASE funding from the National Physical Laboratory.

SC2017-06 Detail Video The Effects of Pollution on Plants and Climate
Lead supervisor: Bill Collins, University of Reading.
This project has CASE funding from the Met Office.

SC2017-07 Detail Video Optimal Mitigation of Sampling Error in Ensemble Data Assimilation
Lead supervisor: Ian Roulstone, University of Surrey.
This project is with the Met Office (CASE funding to be confirmed).

SC2017-08 Detail Video Was the Unprecedented Disruption to the Quasi-Biennial Oscillation Predicatable and did it Influence Out Weather?
Lead supervisor: Andrew Charlton-Perez, University of Reading.
This project involves collaboration with the University of Oklahoma.

SC2017-09 Detail Video Solar Wind Modulation of Lightning
Lead supervisor: Chris Scott, University of Reading.

SC2017-10 Detail Impact of Very Tall Buildings on Urban Air Quality
Lead supervisor: Matteo Carpentieri, University of Surrey.

SC2017-11 Detail Cirrus Light Scattering and Parameterization Using Satellite Polarimetric and Multichannel Observations
Lead supervisor: Christine Chiu, University of Reading.
This project has CASE funding from the National Centre for Earth Observation.

SC2017-12 Detail Accumulation of Legacy Phosphorus in Farmland Ponds: Implications for Nutrient Management and Water Quality
Lead supervisor: Steve Robinson, University of Reading.

SC2017-13 Detail Video Predicting the Numbers and Location of Seabass for Sustainable Management
Lead supervisor: Richard Sibly, University of Reading.
This project has CASE funding with CEFAS.

SC2017-14 Detail Energetic Electron Precipitation Coupling Near-Earth Space to the Atmosphere
Lead supervisor: Clare Watt, University of Reading.
This project has CASE funding with British Antarctic Survey.

SC2017-15 Detail Video Evaluation of Land Biosphere Processes in the New UK Climate Model
Lead supervisor: Tristan Quaife, University of Reading.
This project has CASE funding from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

SC2017-16 Detail Video The Analysis of Urban Growth and Surface Permeability Informed by Earth Observation Data
Lead supervisor: Alex Hagen-Zanker, University of Surrey.

SC2017-17 Detail Real-time In-situ Sensors for Monitoring Water Quality in Drinking Water Supplies
Lead supervisor: Steve Pedley, University of Surrey.
This project has CASE funding from British Geological Survey.

SC2017-18 Detail Video Extreme Weather Threats to Global Water Quality
Lead supervisor: Douglas Clark, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

SC2017-19 Detail Video From Soils to Plants to Pollinators: Mechanisms and Impacts of Metal Transmission Through an Ecological System
Lead supervisor: John Hammond, University of Reading.

SC2017-20 Detail River Macrophyte Succession Under Multiple Stresses
Lead supervisor: Mike Bowes, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

SC2017-21 Detail Video Decadal Variability of Tropical Cyclones: Natural Variability or Anthropogenic Influence?
Lead supervisor: Pier Luigi Vidale, University of Reading.
This project has CASE funding from AXIS Capital, Zurich.

SC2017-22 Detail Video Understanding the Soil Moisture Signal in SAR Imagery
Lead supervisor: Keith Morrison, University of Reading.

SC2017-23 Detail Evolution of Monsoon Rainfall in Climate Models and Palaeoclimate Observations Over the Last Millennium
Lead supervisor: Andrew Turner, University of Reading.

SC2017-24 Detail Video A Variational Approach to the Earth's Energy & Water Cycles
Lead supervisor: Keith Haines, University of Reading.

SC2017-25 Detail Video Accounting for Transport Uncertainty in Flux Inversion Problems
Lead supervisor: Ross Bannister, University of Reading.
This project has CASE funding from National Centre for Earth Observation.

SC2017-26 Detail Trace-Element Incorporation into Stalagmite Calcite as a Paleo-Volcanic Record: A Chemical Perspective
Lead supervisor: Ricardo Grau-Crespo, University of Reading.

SC2017-27 Detail Video British Garden Plants: A Threat to the Natural Environment Due to Climate Change
Lead supervisor: Alastair Culham, University of Reading.
This project has CASE funding from the Royal Horticultural Society.

SC2017-28 Detail Predicting Species' Responses to Climate Change Using Spread Models, Data Inference & Climate Velocities
Lead supervisor: James Bullock, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

SC2017-29 Detail Multi-Polarisation, Multi-Wavelength Radar Measurements of Ice Crystals in Clouds
Lead supervisor: Chris Westbrook, University of Reading.

SC2017-30 Detail Impact on Viscosity, Reactivity and Atmospheric Lifetimes of Complex Aerosol Self-assembly (VIRAL CASE)
Lead supervisor: Christian Pfrang, University of Reading.

SC2017-31 Detail Video Ocean Dynamics and the Latitude of the Ice Edge
Lead supervisor: David Ferreira, University of Reading.

SC2017-32 Detail Video Millennial-Scale History of Amazon Forest Dynamics
Lead supervisor: Francis Mayle, University of Reading.

SC2017-33 Detail High Resolution Upstream Air-sea Coupling for Downstream Storm Prediction
Lead supervisor: Maarten Ambaum, University of Reading.
This project has CASE funding with the Met Office.

SC2017-34 Detail Towards a Theory for the Surface Layer of the Ocean
Lead supervisor: Miguel Teixeira, University of Reading.

SC2017-35 Detail Video The control of cloud and moisture on midlatitude cyclone evolution
Lead supervisor: Suzanne Gray, University of Reading.
This project is in collaboration with the ECMWF.


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