Skills

Studentships

We have trained over 50 PhD students in projects ranging from forestry to understanding climate variability.

NCEO is recognised internationally for its high-quality research. We can host MPhil and PhD students either within a constituent research group or as a CASE partner.

UK students can apply for PhD places with NCEO through the following NERC Doctoral Training Partnerships, CENTA, MPE CDTOxford or Scenario.

The Scenario DTP is currently advertising studentships, including some with NCEO CASE funding: Information on Scenario studentships here. Centa is also advertising PhD studentships with Earth Observation topics. University of Leicester is currently advertising PhD studentships in Earth Observation: details here

International PhD students, and home and Masters students can apply for a PhD through the following Universities:

  • Imperial College
  • Kings College London
  • Plymouth Marine Laboratory
  • Swansea University
  • University College London
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Reading
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Surrey
Job Opportunities and Studentships
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Student Title Institution Status Title Details
Wanxin Yang New approaches to measuring forest structure combining 3D measurements across scales with machine learning approaches University College London. Supervisor: Mat Disney (NCEO UCL) In progress: October 2018 Wanxin Yang
In progress: October 2018
New approaches to measuring forest structure combining 3D measurements across scales with machine learning approaches
University College London. Supervisor: Mat Disney (NCEO UCL)
Dan Orr Satellite Observations of CO2 in support of the Paris Agreement for Emission Reduction University of Leicester CENTA DTP. Supervisor: Hartmut Boesch (NCEO Leicester); Co-Supervisors: Robert Parker (NCEO Leicester); Joshua Vande Hey (Leicester) In progress: October 2019 - Dan Orr
In progress: October 2019 -
Satellite Observations of CO2 in support of the Paris Agreement for Emission Reduction
University of Leicester CENTA DTP. Supervisor: Hartmut Boesch (NCEO Leicester); Co-Supervisors: Robert Parker (NCEO Leicester); Joshua Vande Hey (Leicester)
Marie Shaylor Diagnosing dust-climate interactions in observations to test Earth System Models Imperial College London, Grantham SSCP with Met Office CASE funding. Supervisors: Helen Brindley (NCEO Imperial); Alistair Sellar (Met Office) In progress: October 2019 - Marie Shaylor
In progress: October 2019 -
Diagnosing dust-climate interactions in observations to test Earth System Models
Imperial College London, Grantham SSCP with Met Office CASE funding. Supervisors: Helen Brindley (NCEO Imperial); Alistair Sellar (Met Office)
Alex Merrington Mapping biodiversity from remote sensing University of Edinburgh E4 DTP. Supervisors: Mat Williams (NCEO Edinburgh); Alfy Gathorne-Hardy (Edinburgh); Jon Hiller (Edinburgh In progress: September 2019 - Alex Merrington
In progress: September 2019 -
Mapping biodiversity from remote sensing
University of Edinburgh E4 DTP. Supervisors: Mat Williams (NCEO Edinburgh); Alfy Gathorne-Hardy (Edinburgh); Jon Hiller (Edinburgh
Devon Francis Bias correction of satellite data for data assimilation University of Reading SCENARIO DTP. Supervisors Alison Fowler (NCEO Reading) and Amos Lawless (NCEO Reading) In progress: October 2019 - Devon Francis
In progress: October 2019 -
Bias correction of satellite data for data assimilation
University of Reading SCENARIO DTP. Supervisors Alison Fowler (NCEO Reading) and Amos Lawless (NCEO Reading)
Nicholas William Arctic sea-ice reduction: gaining new knowledge from data assimilation University of Reading SCENARIO DTP, supervisor D Feltham (CPOM - co-funded); NCEO supervisor P J Van Leeuwen (co-funded) In progress: January 2019 - Nicholas William
In progress: January 2019 -
Arctic sea-ice reduction: gaining new knowledge from data assimilation
University of Reading SCENARIO DTP, supervisor D Feltham (CPOM - co-funded); NCEO supervisor P J Van Leeuwen (co-funded)
Mary Langsdale Temperature and emissivity from Hyperspectral IR remote sensing King's College London - supervisor M Wooster; Co-supervisor J Harrison, University of Leicester In process: October 2016 - Mary Langsdale
In process: October 2016 -
Temperature and emissivity from Hyperspectral IR remote sensing
King's College London - supervisor M Wooster; Co-supervisor J Harrison, University of Leicester
Antonio Bruno Investigating the trace gas emissions of biomass burning in the Earth system University of Leicester CENTA DTP; supervisor J Harrison. NCEO CASE supervisor M Chipperfield, University of Leeds In progress: October 2019 - Antonio Bruno
In progress: October 2019 -
Investigating the trace gas emissions of biomass burning in the Earth system
University of Leicester CENTA DTP; supervisor J Harrison. NCEO CASE supervisor M Chipperfield, University of Leeds
Wilfred Calder Potts Quantifying the impact of increased atmospheric CO2 and climate change on photosynthesis using Solar Induced Fluorescence University of Reading Scenario DTP - Supervisor T Quaife. NCEO CASE supervisor H Boesch, University of Leicester In progress: October 2019 - Wilfred Calder Potts
In progress: October 2019 -
Quantifying the impact of increased atmospheric CO2 and climate change on photosynthesis using Solar Induced Fluorescence
University of Reading Scenario DTP - Supervisor T Quaife. NCEO CASE supervisor H Boesch, University of Leicester
Rocio Barrio Guillo Novel Remote Sensing Methods for Methane Emissions LISEO and University of Leicester and NPL studentship - affiliated to NCEO. Lead supervisor: Prof Hartmut Boesch, University of Leicester In progress: January 2018 - December 2021 Rocio Barrio Guillo
In progress: January 2018 - December 2021
Novel Remote Sensing Methods for Methane Emissions
LISEO and University of Leicester and NPL studentship - affiliated to NCEO. Lead supervisor: Prof Hartmut Boesch, University of Leicester
Nikoleta Kalaitzi Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Urban Areas ESA and University of Leicester Studentship - affiliated to NCEO. Supervisor: Prof Hartmut Boesch, Leicester In progress: October 2017 - September 2021 Nikoleta Kalaitzi
In progress: October 2017 - September 2021
Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Urban Areas
ESA and University of Leicester Studentship - affiliated to NCEO. Supervisor: Prof Hartmut Boesch, Leicester
Evan Cornforth Tree and forest health - integrating new remote sensing technologies Industrial Strategy Studentship at University of Edinburgh, affiliated to NCEO. Supervisors: Prof Mathew Williams, University of Edinburgh; Dr M Perks, Forest Research. In progress: September 2017 - August 2021 Evan Cornforth
In progress: September 2017 - August 2021
Tree and forest health - integrating new remote sensing technologies
Industrial Strategy Studentship at University of Edinburgh, affiliated to NCEO. Supervisors: Prof Mathew Williams, University of Edinburgh; Dr M Perks, Forest Research.
Maha Kaouri Novel optimization methods for data assimilation EPSRC-funded studentship at University of Reading - affiliated to NCEO. Supervisors: Dr Amos Lawless and Prof Nancy Nichols, University of Reading. Prof Coralia Cartis, University of Oxford In progress: October 2016 - September 2020 Maha Kaouri
In progress: October 2016 - September 2020
Novel optimization methods for data assimilation
EPSRC-funded studentship at University of Reading - affiliated to NCEO. Supervisors: Dr Amos Lawless and Prof Nancy Nichols, University of Reading. Prof Coralia Cartis, University of Oxford
Mark de Jong The influence of weather and climate on global wildfire King's College Studentship - affiliated to NCEO. Supervisor: Prof Martin Wooster, King's College London Commenced October 2013; Successful completion December 2018 Mark de Jong
Commenced October 2013; Successful completion December 2018
The influence of weather and climate on global wildfire
King's College Studentship - affiliated to NCEO. Supervisor: Prof Martin Wooster, King's College London
Peter Somkuti Remote Sensing of Chlorophyll fluorescence with GOSAT University of Leicester studentship, affiliated to NCEO. Supervisor: Prof Hartmut Boesch, Leicester Commenced September 2014 - Successful completion August 2018 Peter Somkuti
Commenced September 2014 - Successful completion August 2018
Remote Sensing of Chlorophyll fluorescence with GOSAT
University of Leicester studentship, affiliated to NCEO. Supervisor: Prof Hartmut Boesch, Leicester
Flavia Rodrigues Pinheiro Exploring synchronisation ideas in nonlinear data assimilation Science without Borders (Brazilian Government funded) Studentship - affiliated to NCEO. Supervisor: Prof Peter Jan van Leeuwen, University of Reading Commenced September 2014; Successful completion August 2018 Flavia Rodrigues Pinheiro
Commenced September 2014; Successful completion August 2018
Exploring synchronisation ideas in nonlinear data assimilation
Science without Borders (Brazilian Government funded) Studentship - affiliated to NCEO. Supervisor: Prof Peter Jan van Leeuwen, University of Reading
Thomas Hall Testing historical reconstructions of global sea surface temperature using early satellite data NERC HOSTACE project studentship - affiliated to NCEO. Supervisors: Prof Chris Merchant, University of Reading; Dr Elizabeth Kent, National Oceanography Centre; Dr Helen Brindley, Imperial College. In progress: October 2015 - September 2019 Thomas Hall
In progress: October 2015 - September 2019
Testing historical reconstructions of global sea surface temperature using early satellite data
NERC HOSTACE project studentship - affiliated to NCEO. Supervisors: Prof Chris Merchant, University of Reading; Dr Elizabeth Kent, National Oceanography Centre; Dr Helen Brindley, Imperial College.
Amsalework Ejigu Combining rainfall data and soil moisture data Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation studentship at University of Reading - affiliated to NCEO. Supervisor, University of Reading, Dr Tristan Quaife In progress: September 2015 - August 2019 Amsalework Ejigu
In progress: September 2015 - August 2019
Combining rainfall data and soil moisture data
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation studentship at University of Reading - affiliated to NCEO. Supervisor, University of Reading, Dr Tristan Quaife
Matt Hethcoat Measuring tropical forest degradation and its consequences using satellite data Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures Studentship - affiliated to NCEO. Supervisors, University of Sheffield: Prof Shaun Quegan, Dr D Edwards, Dr R Bryant, Dr Jose Carreiras In progress: October 2015 - September 2019 Matt Hethcoat
In progress: October 2015 - September 2019
Measuring tropical forest degradation and its consequences using satellite data
Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures Studentship - affiliated to NCEO. Supervisors, University of Sheffield: Prof Shaun Quegan, Dr D Edwards, Dr R Bryant, Dr Jose Carreiras
Michael Cartwright Understanding the global sources and sinks of atmospheric carbonyl sulphide (OCS) in order to provide insights into carbon cycle processes Leicester Institute of Earth Observation (LISEO) funding. University of Leicester Lead Supervisor Dr Jeremy Harrison; NCEO CASE Supervisor Prof Martyn Chipperfield University of Leeds In progress: January 2018 - December 2021 Michael Cartwright
In progress: January 2018 - December 2021
Understanding the global sources and sinks of atmospheric carbonyl sulphide (OCS) in order to provide insights into carbon cycle processes
Leicester Institute of Earth Observation (LISEO) funding. University of Leicester Lead Supervisor Dr Jeremy Harrison; NCEO CASE Supervisor Prof Martyn Chipperfield University of Leeds
Kelvin Choi Building a long-term record of the global solar energy resource from satellite observations Grantham Institute Studentship with NCEO CASE Funding. Lead Supervisor Imperial College, Dr Helen Brindley. NCEO CASE Supervisors Dr Caroline Poulsen and Dr Matt Christensen, RAL-Space In progress: January 2018 - December 2021 Kelvin Choi
In progress: January 2018 - December 2021
Building a long-term record of the global solar energy resource from satellite observations
Grantham Institute Studentship with NCEO CASE Funding. Lead Supervisor Imperial College, Dr Helen Brindley. NCEO CASE Supervisors Dr Caroline Poulsen and Dr Matt Christensen, RAL-Space
Felix Trotter Carbon cycling in African and Australian woodlands - interactions between climate, biodiversity and fire Edinburgh Earth & Environment (E3) DTP studentship with NCEO CASE funding. University of Edinburgh Lead Supervisor: Prof Mathew Williams; NCEO CASE Supervisor at UCL Dr Jose Gomes-Dans In progress October 2016 - September 2020 Felix Trotter
In progress October 2016 - September 2020
Carbon cycling in African and Australian woodlands - interactions between climate, biodiversity and fire
Edinburgh Earth & Environment (E3) DTP studentship with NCEO CASE funding. University of Edinburgh Lead Supervisor: Prof Mathew Williams; NCEO CASE Supervisor at UCL Dr Jose Gomes-Dans
Lea Oljaca Probabilistic and uncertainty information in suboptimal filters applied to dissipative PDEs Joint Maths for Planet Earth CDT and NCEO studentship. University of Reading Supervisors: Dr Jochen Broeker, Dr Tobias Kuna, Prof Peter Jan van Leeuwen In progress October 2016 - September 2020 Lea Oljaca
In progress October 2016 - September 2020
Probabilistic and uncertainty information in suboptimal filters applied to dissipative PDEs
Joint Maths for Planet Earth CDT and NCEO studentship. University of Reading Supervisors: Dr Jochen Broeker, Dr Tobias Kuna, Prof Peter Jan van Leeuwen
Jemima Tabaert On the treatment of correlated observation errors in data assimilation Joint Maths for Planet Earth CDT and NCEO studentship. University of Reading Supervisors: Dr Sarah Dance, Dr Jo Waller, Dr Amos Lawless, Prof Nancy Nichols. Met Office Supervisors: Dr Sue Ballard, D Simonin. Commenced October 2016; Successful Completion October 2019 Jemima Tabaert
Commenced October 2016; Successful Completion October 2019
On the treatment of correlated observation errors in data assimilation
Joint Maths for Planet Earth CDT and NCEO studentship. University of Reading Supervisors: Dr Sarah Dance, Dr Jo Waller, Dr Amos Lawless, Prof Nancy Nichols. Met Office Supervisors: Dr Sue Ballard, D Simonin.
Joshua Prettyman Tipping point analysis of geophysical variables Joint Maths for Planet Earth CDT and NCEO studentship. University of Reading Supervisors: Dr Tobias Kuna, Prof Chris Merchant; NPL Supervisor: Valerie Livina In progress: October 2016 - September 2020 Joshua Prettyman
In progress: October 2016 - September 2020
Tipping point analysis of geophysical variables
Joint Maths for Planet Earth CDT and NCEO studentship. University of Reading Supervisors: Dr Tobias Kuna, Prof Chris Merchant; NPL Supervisor: Valerie Livina
Carlo Cafaro The information gain that high resolution models bring to probabilistic weather forecasts Joint Maths for Planet Earth CDT and NCEO studentship. University of Reading Supervisors: Dr Tom Frame, Prof John Methven, Dr Jochen Broecker Commenced September 2014; successful completion March 2019 Carlo Cafaro
Commenced September 2014; successful completion March 2019
The information gain that high resolution models bring to probabilistic weather forecasts
Joint Maths for Planet Earth CDT and NCEO studentship. University of Reading Supervisors: Dr Tom Frame, Prof John Methven, Dr Jochen Broecker
Petros Kalogeros Ice microphysics from multi-frequency suites of active and passive remote sensing instruments: satellite product and numerical model validation University of Leicester: Supervisor Dr Alessandro Battaglia In progress February 2018 - January 2022 Petros Kalogeros
In progress February 2018 - January 2022
Ice microphysics from multi-frequency suites of active and passive remote sensing instruments: satellite product and numerical model validation
University of Leicester: Supervisor Dr Alessandro Battaglia
Mary Langsdale Temperature emissivity from Hyperspectral IR remote sensing King's College London: Lead Supervisor, Prof Martin Wooster; Secondary Supervisor: Dr Jeremy Harrison, University of Leicester In progress: October 2016 - September 2020 Mary Langsdale
In progress: October 2016 - September 2020
Temperature emissivity from Hyperspectral IR remote sensing
King's College London: Lead Supervisor, Prof Martin Wooster; Secondary Supervisor: Dr Jeremy Harrison, University of Leicester
James Brennan Burned Area model intercomparison project. UCL - supervisor: Professor Philip Lewis; secondary supervisor: Dr Mat Disney. In progress: October 2015 - James Brennan
In progress: October 2015 -
Burned Area model intercomparison project.
UCL - supervisor: Professor Philip Lewis; secondary supervisor: Dr Mat Disney.
David Sursham Advancing the understanding of crucial marine ecosystem processes. Plymouth Marine Laboratory and University of Reading - supervisors: Dr Stefano Ciavatta and Dr Torres (PML), Professor Peter Jan van Leeuwen (Reading) Commenced September 2014; successful completion December 2018 David Sursham
Commenced September 2014; successful completion December 2018
Advancing the understanding of crucial marine ecosystem processes.
Plymouth Marine Laboratory and University of Reading - supervisors: Dr Stefano Ciavatta and Dr Torres (PML), Professor Peter Jan van Leeuwen (Reading)
Edward Malina Global isotopic ratios of fugitive gas emissions from natural and anthropogenic sources from ACE. UCL - supervisor: Professor Jan-Peter Muller Completed in 2017 Edward Malina
Completed in 2017
Global isotopic ratios of fugitive gas emissions from natural and anthropogenic sources from ACE.
UCL - supervisor: Professor Jan-Peter Muller
Nina Raoult Constraining future land carbon cycle feedbacks with in-situ and Earth observations using ADJULES. University of Exeter - supervisors: Professor Peter Cox, Dr Tim Jupp Completed in 2017 Nina Raoult
Completed in 2017
Constraining future land carbon cycle feedbacks with in-situ and Earth observations using ADJULES.
University of Exeter - supervisors: Professor Peter Cox, Dr Tim Jupp
Timothy Keslake 4-D Variational Assimilation of Short-Lived Gases and Methane in the ECMWF MACC System. University of Leeds - supervisors: Professor Martyn Chipperfield, Dr Brian Kerridge (RAL) Completed in 2017 Timothy Keslake
Completed in 2017
4-D Variational Assimilation of Short-Lived Gases and Methane in the ECMWF MACC System.
University of Leeds - supervisors: Professor Martyn Chipperfield, Dr Brian Kerridge (RAL)
Robyn Butler Oceanic fluxes of very short-lived halocarbons and their subsequent atmospheric chemistry and transport. University of Edinburgh - supervisor: Professor Paul Palmer Completed in 2016 Robyn Butler
Completed in 2016
Oceanic fluxes of very short-lived halocarbons and their subsequent atmospheric chemistry and transport.
University of Edinburgh - supervisor: Professor Paul Palmer
Joe McNorton Using top-down emission estimates of greenhouse gas emissions to aid the development of UK land surface modelling. University of Leeds - supervisors: Professor Martyn Chipperfield and Professor E. Gloor. Completed in 2016 Joe McNorton
Completed in 2016
Using top-down emission estimates of greenhouse gas emissions to aid the development of UK land surface modelling.
University of Leeds - supervisors: Professor Martyn Chipperfield and Professor E. Gloor.
Jelizaveta Ross Investigating the variability of the ocean biological carbon pump by means of novel observation-based 3D biogeochemical fields. Plymouth Marine Laboratory (Giorgio Dall’Olmo) and University of Reading (Kieth Haines) Commenced May 2014; successful completion July 2018 Jelizaveta Ross
Commenced May 2014; successful completion July 2018
Investigating the variability of the ocean biological carbon pump by means of novel observation-based 3D biogeochemical fields.
Plymouth Marine Laboratory (Giorgio Dall’Olmo) and University of Reading (Kieth Haines)