Dust fluxes in the high latitudes: quantification and drivers PhD

Entry requirements:
3.5 years
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Start date:
01 October 2018
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Application deadline:
22 January 2018



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Project detail

The estimated total contemporary global dust load is 2000 Tg yr-1 with minerogenic aerosols affecting climate and global biogeochemical cycles, impacting terrestrial and marine environments as well as the atmosphere and cryosphere.  Understanding the “dust-cycle” - which includes dust uplift, atmospheric residence time and deposition – is therefore essential for understanding the Earth’s environmental system. Recently sources of dust in the high latitudes (≥50°N and ≥40°S) have been identified as making a substantial contribution to the global dust budget, however measurements of dust flux outside the sub-tropical low latitudes are rare (Bullard et al. 2016).  The aim of this PhD is to quantify dust flux, and its key environmental drivers, around the western margins of the Greenland ice sheet.  Such data are vital for improving the accuracy of global dust models at high latitudes.  The PhD will include fieldwork in West Greenland to measure vertical dust flux from actively eroding surfaces and a full suite of micrometeorological variables and dust deposition rates.  The field datasets will be used to evaluate and then constrain existing dust models.


Primary supervisor: Prof Joanna Bullard

Secondary supervisor: Dr Matt Baddock

Find out more

For further project details email Professor Joanna Bullard or register your interest and ask us a question.

To find out more about postgraduate research in the department of Geography please visit our website.

For further information on this project, please see the main CENTA website.

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally need to hold, or expect to gain, at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in Geography, Earth Science or Environmental Science.  A Master’s degree and/or experience in a related area associated with the research will be an advantage.

All students must also meet the minimum English Language requirements.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

The studentship is for 3.5 years and is intended to start in October 2018. The studentship provides a tax free stipend of £14,553 per annum (in 2017/18) for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (£4,195 in 2017/18) and a research training support grant of £8,000.  Please note that due to restrictions imposed by the funder only students with a UK/EU fee status will be considered for this position. Further guidance about eligibility is available at RCUK Terms & Conditions.

How to apply

To apply, you will need to;

  1. Complete a CENTA studentship application form in Word format available online.
  2. All applications should be made online.  Under programme name, select “Geography”.  During the online application process, upload the CENTA studentship application form as a supporting document.
  3. Please quote CENTA17-LU4 when completing your online application.

Application details

Reference number: CENTA17-LU4
Application details: 22 January 2018
Start date: 01 October 2018
Interview date: Week beginning 12 February 2018