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PhD Studentship: How Will Air-Sea Greenhouse Gas Fluxes Respond to Global Change?

University of East Anglia - School of Environmental Sciences

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Norwich
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £18,622 p.a. for 2023/24. Competition Funded Project (Home and International)
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 23rd October 2023
Closes: 10th January 2024
Reference: SUNTHARALINGAM_UENV24ARIE

Background: The ocean plays a key role in controlling atmospheric greenhouse-gas levels. It removes a significant fraction of anthropogenic carbon-dioxide from the atmosphere, and also emits nitrous-oxide and methane, important greenhouse-gases formed by marine ecosystems. We urgently need to understand the processes regulating these air-sea fluxes, and how they will evolve under future global change. To accurately assess the combined impact of different greenhouse-gases on climate it is important to use models that integrate the underlying carbon and nitrogen cycles, and deliver a consistent greenhouse-gas flux response to global change. 

In this project you will work with a team of scientists from UEA, the UK Met Office, and the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), to develop an integrated greenhouse-gas system in a global ocean biogeochemistry model. This work builds on recent research at UEA on the numerical modelling of the individual greenhouse-gases (carbon-dioxide, nitrous-oxide and methane). You will apply the integrated model to assess the combined oceanic greenhouse-gas response to a range of climate change scenarios, for example, accounting for the impacts of ocean warming and deoxygenation on marine biogeochemistry. The overarching aim will be to assess how the impacts of global change will affect the air-sea fluxes of the major greenhouse-gases within a consistent physical and biological model framework.  

Training: This is a collaborative project between UEA, the UK Met Office and the British Antarctic Survey. You will be guided by a supervisory team drawn from the different institutions, and receive training in ocean circulation and biogeochemistry, numerical methods, and associated climate data analyses. You will acquire skills in science communication, project management and collaborative research, and will be involved in a project of critical interest to oceanography and climate research communities. 

Person Specification: This project is suited for a candidate with a background in natural sciences, engineering or mathematics, with strong numerical and programming skills, and interests in ocean biogeochemistry and global change.

This project has been shortlisted for funding by the ARIES NERC DTP. 

Successful candidates who meet UKRI’s eligibility criteria will be awarded a NERC studentship, which covers fees, stipend (£18,622 p.a. for 2023/24) and research funding. International applicants are eligible for fully-funded ARIES studentships including fees. Please note however that ARIES funding does not cover additional costs associated with relocation to, and living in, the UK.

Excellent applicants from quantitative disciplines with limited experience in environmental sciences may be considered for an additional 3-month stipend to take advanced-level courses.

ARIES is committed to equality, diversity, widening participation and inclusion in all areas of its operation. We encourage enquiries and applications from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation and transgender status. Academic qualifications are considered alongside significant relevant non-academic experience.

For further information, please visit www.aries-dtp.ac.uk

Primary supervisor: Professor Parv Suntharalingam
Start date: October 2024
For more information on this project, please visit https://www.uea.ac.uk/search/courses/

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