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See below for the projects that were offered for September 2014 entry.
A new project selection will be advertised from November 2014.
Key scientific challenges addressed by PhD students in SCENARIO include:
- Climate change, and the influence of natural and anthropogenic factors, on global, regional and local scales
- Understanding extreme events both as natural hazards and as responses to human activity
- Improving predictability and understanding the limits to predictability
- Novel approaches to observing the environment
- Factors influencing air, soil and water quality
- Disrupted biogeochemical cycles
- Changes in land and freshwater use
- Changes to ecosystems and biodiversity loss
- Interpreting evidence from past climates
SC2014-01 Polar exploration with synthetic aperture radar (SAR).
Lead supervisor: Guglielmo Aglietti, University of Surrey. CASE sponsorship by Surrey Satellite Technology.
SC2014-02 Characterising and understanding variability and trends in Africa rainfall.
Lead supervisor: Emily Black, University of Reading.
SC2014-03 Uncertainty quantification in predictions of the dispersion of hazardous material in urban areas.
Lead supervisor: Matteo Carpentieri, University of Surrey.
SC2014-04 Understanding the Earth's energy flows from a constellation of satellites.
Lead supervisor: Christine Chiu, University of Reading. Co-sponsorship by Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California.
SC2014-05 Reconciling the impact of climate and air pollution on microbial controls of carbon cycling in organic soils across N. Europe.
Lead supervisor: Joanna Clark, University of Reading. Likely CASE sponsorship by Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
SC2014-06 Modelling convection in the grey zone.
Lead supervisor: Peter Clark, University of Reading. Collaboration with the Met Office.
SC2014-07 Implications of changes in climate regime for flood characteristics and global flood forecasting.
Lead supervisor: Hannah Cloke, University of Reading. Collaboration with the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasting.
SC2014-08 Improving the accuracy of air quality forecasts.
Lead supervisor: Helen Dacre, University of Reading. Industrial CASE sponsorship by the Met Office.
SC2014-09 Improving flood predictions using data assimilation.
Lead supervisor: Sarah Dance, University of Reading.
SC2014-10 Sea-ice flux chain: Modelling and prototype.
Lead supervisor: Daniel Feltham, University of Reading. CASE sponsorship by the Scottish Association for Marine Science.
SC2014-11 Role of atmospheric moisture transport in the salinity of the Atlantic Ocean.
Lead supervisor: David Ferreira, University of Reading.
SC2014-12 The origin and evolution of weather forecast errors.
Lead supervisor: Thomas Frame, University of Reading.
SC2014-13 Effect of local radiative forcing on upper tropospheric jet characteristics.
Lead supervisor: Michaela Hegglin, University of Reading.
SC2014-14 What controls the structure of UK thunderstorms?
Lead supervisor: Chris Westbrook, University of Reading. Likely CASE sponsorship by the Met Office.
SC2014-15 Why is knowledge of environmental factors insufficient to predict river phytoplankton blooms? A study of the role of periphyton and predatory grazing.
Lead supervisor: Michael Hutchins, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford. Collaboration with the University of Reading.
SC2014-16 Amazonia under mid-Holocene drought.
Lead supervisor: Francis Mayle, University of Reading.
SC2014-17 The impact of extreme weather events on tropical island diversity.
Lead supervisor: Ken Norris, University of Reading. Placement with the Mauritius Wildlife Foundation, a conservation NGO.
SC2014-18 Storm clustering over Europe.
Lead supervisor: Joaquim Pinto, University of Reading. CASE sponsorship by Aon Benfield Impact Forecasting.
SC2014-19 Deriving boundary-layer turbulence models using renormalisation methods.
Lead supervisor: Robert Plant, University of Reading. Placement with the University of Hamburg.
SC2014-20 Detailed optical measurements of forest canopies for carbon cycle science.
Lead supervisor: Tristan Quaife, University of Reading. Likely CASE sponsorship by National Physical Laboratory.
SC2014-21 Data assimilation and parameter estimation for the carbon cycle.
Lead supervisor: Ian Roulstone, University of Surrey.
SC2014-22 Bio-optics-based biogeochemical modelling of the oceanic carbon cycle.
Lead supervisor: Shovonlal Roy, University of Reading.
SC2014-23 Web-enabled in-flight atmospheric radiation observations for space weather.
Lead supervisor: Keith Ryden, University of Surrey. CASE sponsorship by the Met Office.
SC2014-24 Water vapour continuum absorption in the near-infrared.
Lead supervisor: Keith Shine, University of Reading. Likely CASE sponsorship by National Physical Laboratory.
SC2014-25 Constraining the ocean interior from surface observations.
Lead supervisor: Remi Tailleux, University of Reading.
SC2014-26 Validating mechanistic models for ecological forecasting in butterflies.
Lead supervisor: Richard Walters, University of Reading. Likely CASE sponsorship by Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
SC2014-27 Predicting the effect of the solar wind on the waves that drive the Earth's radiation belts.
Lead supervisor: Clare Watt, University of Reading.
SC2014-28 Urban gust estimates for insurance portfolio loss.
Lead supervisor: Sue Grimmond, University of Reading. Industrial CASE sponsorship by Risk Management Solutions.
SC2014-29 Using vertical profiles of atmospheric backscatter as observed with the Met Office ceilometer network to improve high resolution weather forecasts.
Lead supervisor: Anthony Illingworth, University of Reading. Industrial CASE sponsorship by the Met Office.