AOPP Summer Vacation Students

2019 Summer Programme

Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics hosts a research programme for undergraduate students during the summer. Students work with a supervisor in the Department, usually a postdoctoral researcher or lecturer, on a self-contained research project. Students are also encouraged to take part in Departmental life, joining researchers for coffee, discussions and seminars. We anticipate taking about six students.

The projects run for typically 8 weeks, nominally from late June to August, though the duration may be shorter to accommodate summer travel. Students are paid a living wage for their time, around £300 per week (subject to tax and National Insurance deductions). 75% of the salary due for the entire project will be advanced during the first week, and the rest will be paid after completion of the project. The project is full-time but hours can be discussed with your supervisor. Please note that projects are not available to applicants that require a work permit.


Mapping the UKCP18 projections for selected climate parameters onto earlier climate projections

We are looking for a numerate student with an understanding of climate modelling and projections in order to map how the results from studies, using different climate scenarios (in particular UKCP09), on the potential climate change impacts on the natural environment can be transferred to those that might be projected under UKCP18. This is to inform the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 3.

i) Review the literature on the climate variables used in natural environment impact studies under different climate scenarios, in particular UKCP09;
ii) Analyse how the identified climate variables change under UkCP18

Funding is available for about 8 weeks work, but it can take place in any 12 week period between 17th June and end of August.

This project will be located in the Environmental Change Institute in Geography. For further details Please contact Pam Berry (

How to Apply

To apply, please send a cv, highlighting relevant experience and a covering letter including a paragraph of no more than 300 words as to why you would like the work to Pam Berry ( by 7th June.

Supervisors: Dr. Pam Berry (ECI) and Prof. Richard Betts (Met Office)