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Atmospheric and Cloud Dynamics


Expertise of research area
aerosols; africa; air quality; climate; clouds; convection; high impact weather; Meteorology

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We offer PhD projects in a variety of topics including weather systems, air-sea interaction, dust storms, mountain weather and climate, thunderstorms and precipitation. We develop advanced computer models, lead major field campaigns, and analyse satellite data.

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<p>Within the <a href="">Atmospheric and Cloud Dynamics</a> group, we are interested in some of the most important phenomena influencing our weather and climate. We have particular specialisms in the following:</p> <ul> <li>meteorology associated with hills and mountains, in the UK and overseas</li> <li>atmospheric properties in the lowest part of the atmosphere (the boundary layer), over the land and the ocean</li> <li>the behaviour of convective clouds,&nbsp;in particular cumulonimbus clouds and thunderstorms</li> <li>dynamics, microphysics and climatic influence of stratocumulus and cirrus clouds</li> <li>cyclones and fronts in mid-latitudes,&nbsp;rainfall, winds and dynamics</li> <li>tropical weather systems,&nbsp;especially African weather and climate</li> <li>computer modelling of weather and climate</li> </ul> <p>We study a wide range of fundamental science that underpins our physical understanding of the atmosphere. Our work has direct application to areas such as high-impact weather (eg heavy rain and wind-storms) and climate.</p> <p>Our research is grouped into five areas:</p> <ul> <li><a href="">Air-Sea Interaction</a></li> <li><a href="">Dust Storms</a></li> <li><a href="">Mountain Weather and Climate</a></li> <li><a href="">Thunderstorms and Precipitation</a></li> <li><a href="">Weather Systems</a></li> </ul> <p>A wide range of excellent atmospheric science research which takes place in Leeds, much of it within <a aria-label="Link ICAS" href="" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" title="">ICAS</a>. Many ICAS staff and students are also members of the new Priestley International Centre for Climate, which is located within our building.</p> <p>Within ICAS PhD students play a full role in the institute activities. We have a lively programme of internal and external seminars, weekly weather briefings, annual science meetings and other events. Our students regularly win prizes for their work, including presentations at international conferences.</p> <h5>Why do your PhD at Leeds?</h5> <p><strong>Study in an active research environment&nbsp;</strong><br /> Studying your PhD with us means you&rsquo;ll be working in a professional research environment, using UK-leading facilities to bring your project to life &ndash; alongside active researchers who are at the forefront of their area.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>A strong network of support &nbsp;</strong><br /> The Leeds Doctoral College connects our community of researchers and can offer you the guidance, services and opportunities you&rsquo;ll need to get the most out of your PhD.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Close industry links&nbsp;</strong><br /> Our partnerships and links to companies and academic institutions give you the opportunity to network at industry talks, seminars and conferences, building connections that&#39;ll benefit your next steps after you complete your PhD.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Professional skills development &nbsp;</strong><br /> We think of the whole picture at Leeds. That&rsquo;s why we offer a range of workshops and courses that&#39;ll enhance your skillset further and transfer into your professional career.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Personal and wellbeing services&nbsp;</strong><br /> Mental health and wellbeing support are integral to who we are at Leeds and you&rsquo;ll have access to the full range of services we offer to ensure you&rsquo;re feeling your best &ndash; and reaching your potential in your studies.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Join our global community&nbsp;</strong><br /> We welcome students, researchers, academics, partners and alumni from more than 140 countries, all over the world. This means, as a university, we&rsquo;re bringing together different cultures and perspectives which helps strengthen our research &ndash; and societal impact.</p> <h3>Useful links and further reading:</h3> <ul> <li><a href="">Research degrees within the School of Earth and Environment</a></li> <li><a href="">Atmospheric and Cloud Dynamics</a><a href=""> group</a></li> <li><a href="">School of Earth and Environment, Research and Innovation</a>&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h3>Leeds Doctoral College</h3> <p>Our <a aria-label="Link Doctoral College" href="" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" title="">Doctoral College</a> supports you throughout your postgraduate research journey. It brings together all the support services and opportunities to enhance your research, development and overall experience.</p>

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<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the <a href="">University&#39;s website</a>.</p>

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For queries relating to your research proposal or subject area, please contact <a href="">Mollie van der Gucht</a>.</p> <p>For general enquiries and details regarding the application process, please contact the Graduate School Office:<br /> e:&nbsp;<a href=""></a>, t: +44 (0)113 343 1314.</p>

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