|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students, International Students|
|Funding amount:||£15,609 p.a. plus Research Funding, Graduate Training, and £2,500 for external training, travel and conferences|
|Placed On:||29th October 2021|
|Closes:||12th January 2022|
The 2020s is a critical decade for curbing emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from fossil fuel use to slow the pace of climate change. Successful implementation of the Paris agreement relies on countries’ emissions being accurately known and readily available in near real-time.
Our ability to evaluate fossil fuel CO2 (ffCO2) emissions and to monitor the effectiveness of emissions reduction policies is currently limited (1). ‘Bottom-up’ emissions estimates, based on inventory-style accounting and mobile tracking data, can differ significantly, while ‘top-down’ estimates, based on atmospheric measurements and modelling, are hampered by large natural fluxes of CO2 between the terrestrial biosphere and the atmosphere (2).
In this PhD studentship, you will quantify ffCO2 in near-real time by applying a novel method that accounts for synchronous changes in atmospheric CO2 and oxygen (O2). Using observations of how fossil fuel combustion and natural ecosystem processes consume and emit O2 and CO2, you will disentangle the atmospheric signals of anthropogenic and natural processes (2). Working with atmospheric O2 data from the Weybourne Atmospheric Observatory (https://weybourne.uea.ac.uk/) and Heathfield Tall Tower (UK), and the Heidelberg Integrated Carbon Observation System site (https://www.icos-cal.eu/crl) (Germany), you will:
We seek an enthusiastic team player with strong scientific interests, self-motivation and numerical skills. You will have a BSc degree in environmental sciences, physics, chemistry, natural sciences, engineering or equivalent. A strong interest in the carbon cycle and climate change is more important than prior knowledge.
Primary Supervisor: Dr Dorothee Bakker
Start Date: 1 October 2022
For more information on this project, please visit www.uea.ac.uk
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