Our NERC DTP encompasses research activities within three broad themes: the science of the Earth's Atmosphere, Geosphere (including Geology and Geophysics) and Biosphere (see figure). These themes cut across the six academic departments involved, reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of much of our research, which spans the breadth of the NERC remit. We recruit graduates who have studied a wide range of subjects including chemistry, physics, biology, earth sciences, geography, maths, engineering and computing as well as all branches of environmental science. We admitted our first students in October 2014 and we currently have 80 PhD students over 3 cohorts.
Some of the major environmental challenges that our DTP PhD projects address are:
- Air pollution and human health – aerosols, chemistry, emissions and policy.
- Extreme or high-impact weather – clouds, rainfall and drought, winds, regional weather and its statistics.
- Natural hazards – earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, tsunamis, storms, floods, droughts, space weather, wildfire.
- Sustainable use of natural resources – water, nutrients, hydrocarbons, soils, minerals, biodiversity.
- Management of biotic populations – conservation, invasive aliens, pests and pathogens.
- Global food security and sustainable agriculture – crops, landscapes & ecosystem services.
- Climate and environmental change – understanding, adaptation and mitigation.