SCENARIO NERC DTP

PhD Projects

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

The projects listed below are being offered for entry to SCENARIO in October 2014. NERC is fully funding 12 studentships for this entry. Approximately twice as many projects are available to choose from. Please click on the project reference code to see a full project description and supervisor details, including email address. You should select up to 4 projects for your application. You are encouraged to email the lead supervisors of your selected projects and ask them any questions you may have regarding the research and training.

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.