Impacts on middle atmospheric composition and dynamics of precipitating radiation belt electrons (SUSTech candidates only)

Supervisor(s)

Please contact Dr Wuhu Feng (Leeds) or Professor Kaijun Liu (SUSTech) to discuss this project further informally.

Project description

Precipitating energetic electrons, including those originating in the Van Allen radiation belts, have been linked to changes in ozone and odd-hydrogen species in the mesosphere and stratosphere. This has been proposed as a way in which the varying solar output could be coupled to the earth system and climate. The project will work on improving the specification of the flux and energy distribution of these precipitating particles, incorporating their chemical effects in a state-of-the-art global coupled chemistry general circulation model, and analysing the atmospheric response.

Key benefits

This project is available as part of the Leeds-SUSTech Split-Site PhD Programme

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with or expecting a minimum equivalent of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1), and/or a Master's degree in a related discipline.

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.

Additional staff contact

Professor Dan Marsh, Professor John Plane.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via SUSTech in the first instance. Following nomination by SUSTech, formal applications for Split-site research degree study should then be made online through the University of Leeds website. Please state clearly in the research information section that the PhD you wish to be considered for is the 'Impacts on middle atmospheric composition and dynamics of precipitating radiation belt electrons (SUSTech candidates only)' as well as Dr Wuhu Feng as your proposed supervisor.

If you require any further information about the application process please contact the Graduate School Office e: apply-phd@see.leeds.ac.uk, or t: +44 (0)113 343 1634.