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Department of Geography

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On this self-funded PhD programme, you'll research spatial patterns in temperature, particularly the role of cold air drainage in arctic and mountains environments in causing decoupling of the surface climate from the free air profile.

This PhD is supervised by Dr Nick Pepin, and you'll compare field data and model simulations from across the globe.

The work will include:

  • comparing field data and model simulations in locations including Finnish Lapland, the Pyrenees, Colorado and East Africa
  • the use of satellite data (e.g. MODIS) to measure temperature in mountain regions – in particular the validation of satellite technology for temperature measurement in complex landscapes using in situ field data

There is also the potential for joint projects across the department - such as research into the relevance of microclimate and cold air drainage for palaeoclimate reconstruction in an Arctic context, in collaboration with Dr Laura Cunningham.

There's also potential for investigations into glacier mass balance and retreat, both in the tropics (see Dr Pepin’s current research on Kilimanjaro) and in other high latitude locations (Svalbard and Norway). This is in collaboration with Dr Clare Boston and Dr Harold Lovell.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • A good first degree from an internationally recognised university (depending on the course, minimum second class or equivalent) or a Master’s degree in an appropriate subject
  • Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0
  • All applicants are subject to interview

How to Apply

To make an enquiry or to discuss this project informally with Dr Nick Pepin, call +44 (0)23 9284 2507 or email, quoting the project code GEOG1271015 and the project title.

You can also visit our How to Apply pages to get a better understanding of how the PhD application process works.

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