PhD Studentship - Multi-scale Remote Sensing of High Latitude Dust

Loughborough University

Start date: October 1st 2018

Interview date: Week beginning February 12th 2018


Primary supervisor: Dr Matthew Baddock

Secondary supervisor: Prof Joanna Bullard

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Project Detail:

Most dust in the Earth system originates in the low-latitude dust belt, however recent studies suggest at least 5% of global dust emissions comes from sources in the high latitudes (≥50°N and ≥40°S). Dust sources in the low to middle latitudes have been well-mapped from a range of satellite studies but remote sensing has so far offered relatively little information on dust activity nearer the poles due to challenges of applying remote sensing methods at higher latitudes (Bullard et al. 2016). The aim of this PhD is to provide the first multi-scale, systematic, remote-sensing led quantification of high latitude dust sources, dynamics and transport pathways, providing an essential dataset for understanding the dust loading in these regions and validating future global dust modelling outputs. The student will use a variety of satellite data to identify and map the distribution and pathways of high latitude dust sources and events. These data will span a range of spatial and temporal scales and the satellite retrievals will be cross-references to multiple, independent, secondary ground-based measurements including meteorological data and aerosol databases.

Bullard, J.E. and 13 others 2016. High-latitude dust in the Earth system.  Reviews of Geophysics, 54, 447-485.

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For further information about this project please see the main CENTA website ( or contact Dr Matthew Baddock,

Entry requirements:

The successful student will have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) and/or a relevant Master’s degree in one or more of the following: Geography, Remote Sensing, Geographical Information Systems, Ecology or a related subject.

Funding information:

The studentship is for 3.5 years and is intended to start in October 2018. The studentship provides a tax free stipend of £14,553 per annum (in 2017/18) for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (£4,195 in 2017/18) and a research training support grant of £8,000. Please note that due to restrictions imposed by the funder only students with a UK/EU fee status will be considered for this position. Further guidance about eligibility is available at RCUK Terms & Conditions.

Contact details:

Name: Dr Matthew Baddock

Email address:

Telephone number: +44 1509 222798

How to apply:

  • Complete a CENTA studentship application form in Word format (available from
  • All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select “Geography”.  During the online application process, upload the CENTA studentship application form as a supporting document.

Please quote CENTA17-LU5 when completing your online application.

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