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Atmospheric and Cloud Dynamics

PGR-RA-146

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


<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

We offer PhD projects in 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.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Full description</h2>

<p>Within the <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/atmospheric-cloud-dynamics">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; 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; rainfall, winds and dynamics</li> <li>Tropical weather systems; notably 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 very direct application to areas such as high-impact weather (e.g. heavy rain and wind-storms) and climate.</p> <p>Our research is grouped into 5 areas:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/atmospheric-cloud-dynamics/doc/air-sea-interaction">Air-Sea Interaction</a></li> <li><a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/atmospheric-cloud-dynamics/doc/dust-storms">Dust Storms</a></li> <li><a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/atmospheric-cloud-dynamics/doc/mountain-weather-climate">Mountain Weather and Climate</a></li> <li><a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/atmospheric-cloud-dynamics/doc/thunderstorms-precipitation">Thunderstorms and Precipitation</a></li> <li><a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/atmospheric-cloud-dynamics/doc/weather-systems">Weather Systems</a></li> </ul> <p>Leeds is a <a href="http://www.shanghairanking.com/Shanghairanking-Subject-Rankings/atmospheric-science.html">world top-10 university for atmospheric science</a>. This reflects the wide range of excellent atmospheric science research which takes place in Leeds, much of it within <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/institute-climate-atmospheric-science">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> <h3>Useful links and further reading:</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/see-research-degrees">Research degrees within the School of Earth and Environment</a></li> <li><a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/atmospheric-cloud-dynamics">Atmospheric and Cloud Dynamics</a><a href="http://environment.leeds.ac.uk/atmospheric-cloud-dynamics"> group</a></li> <li><a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/see-research">School of Earth and Environment, Research and Innovation</a>&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h3>Leeds Doctoral College</h3> <p>Our <a href="https://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/130558/leeds_doctoral_college">Doctoral College</a> supports you throughout your postgraduate research journey. It brings together all the support services and opportunities to enhance your research, your development, and your overall experience.</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the <a href="http://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/130206/applying/91/applying_for_research_degrees">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="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/see/staff/1586/mollie-van-der-gucht">Mollie van de Gucht</a>.</p> <p>For general enquiries and details regarding the application process, please contact the Graduate School Office:<br /> e:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:env-pgr@leeds.ac.uk">env-pgr@leeds.ac.uk</a>, t: +44 (0)113 343 1314.</p>


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