2nd Supervisor: Dr Mingxi Yang, Plymouth Marine Laboratory
4th Supervisor: Professor Alex Archibald (firstname.lastname@example.org), University of Cambridge
Sulfur plays a key role in the marine atmosphere, and has a major influence on atmospheric particles and climate. Marine sulfur emissions result from natural biological processes as well as anthropogenic activities. Sulfur impacts the composition and acidity of atmospheric particles (aerosols), which is fundamental in atmospheric chemistry and relevant to air quality, ecosystems, and climate.
Constrain natural and anthropogenic sulfur emissions, understand present-day atmospheric sulfur cycling, and determine the impacts upon the marine atmosphere.
The student will analyse marine sulfur gas concentrations and fluxes on a dedicated research campaign in the Atlantic, and will assess aerosol composition and natural/anthropogenic sources using isotope ratios in samples from Penlee Point (UK), the Azores (ACE-ENA), and Bermuda (Tudor Hill). All data will be evaluated against the UKCA model to improve understanding of marine aerosol, acidity and the impacts on biogeochemical cycles.
The student will gain field experience (research cruise and observatory site visits) and analytical lab experience in ISO accredited labs (PML Air-Sea Exchange group: Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry, and UoP: Ion Chromatography and Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry). They will attend the annual UKCA training course, gain data interpretation skills (Python), and learn valuable academic, industrial and consultancy career skills (e.g. transferable writing and presentation skills, good laboratory practice, quality assurance and safety procedures).
Suited for someone passionate about multidisciplinary environmental research and field work, with an aptitude for operating scientific instrumentation and degree-level qualifications in Environmental, Chemical, Marine or Atmospheric Sciences. Those with other numerate degrees (e.g. Physics, Engineering) are also encouraged to apply.
This project has been shortlisted for funding by the ARIES NERC DTP and will start on 1 October 2023.
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