|Funding for:||UK Students|
|Funding amount:||From £17,668 Funding covers full UK tuition fees plus UKRI stipend (current award, per annum)|
|Placed On:||6th March 2023|
|Closes:||14th April 2023|
PhD Studentship in Atmosphere, Oceans and Climate
Project title: Developing an urban canopy model for improved weather forecasts in cities
Department/School: School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational sciences
Supervisors: Janet F. Barlow, Omduth Coceal, Matteo Carpentieri (UoS), Martin Best & Humphrey Lean (UK Met Office)
Project Overview: Most of the world’s population now experiences an urban version of weather extremes and climate change. Accurate forecasting of weather and air quality in cities relies on correctly representing the physics of turbulent exchange of heat and drag between the surface and the overlying atmosphere. Microclimate around buildings is complex but by treating buildings collectively as an “urban canopy”, simple mathematical models can be included in weather forecast models. The challenge lies in understanding how much physical complexity needs to be included: do tall buildings dominate heat exchange? What if sun heats one side of the street and not the other? Does heat get trapped at street level in a heatwave when the wind is weak?
This project will explore flow and turbulence processes around buildings to develop an urban canopy model suitable for numerical weather prediction. A modelling approach developed for vegetation canopies will be used in application to urban canopies. New wind-tunnel experiments would be done to investigate flows for more realistic heated building layouts. Aims of the project would be shaped by the student’s interests and background.
This project is in collaboration with the Met Office, the UK’s national weather service. The student will have regular interaction with supervisors and the MO@Reading group. A potential CASE award from the UK Met Office is available (to be confirmed after offer acceptance). EnFlo at the University of Surrey is a unique UK wind-tunnel facility and one of the few atmospheric boundary-layer wind-tunnels in the world. The student would be part of a large NERC-funded research project called ASSURE with opportunities to take part in field-work and interact with many companies and weather forecast providers.
How to apply:
To apply click “Apply for a Programme”, create your account, and use the link sent by email to start the application process. During the application process please select the PhD in Atmosphere, Oceans and Climate
Application Deadline: 14th April 2023
Please note that, where a candidate is successful in being awarded funding, this will be confirmed via a formal studentship award letter; this will be provided separately from any Offer of Admission and will be subject to standard checks for eligibility and other criteria.
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