Advancing the modelling of radioactivity releases resulting from Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ) Wildfires

About the project or challenge area

This cross-disciplinary project will work with Met Office scientists refine the source information and particle characteristics for radioactive materials released (and transported) by fire events in the Met Office's dispersion model, NAME (Numerical Atmospheric-dispersion Modelling Environment) - currently the UK's national aerosol transport simulation system that informs organisations including the UK Government. By using this updated source information, the student will undertake NAME simulations for fires in the CEZ and compare them with observations of gamma dose or air concentration obtained during recent fieldwork sampling.

Why choose this opportunity?

  • Opportunity to work with leading atmospheric modelling scientists from the UK Met Office.
  • Pending travel restriction changes, the potential opportunity to travel to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone to undertake fieldwork and obtain data for use in project.
  • Access to the IAC and wider UoB facilities (laboratory and computational) during your research project.

About you

  • An understanding of computational programming languages, applicable to transport modelling, will be essential for undertaking this project (e.g. MatLab, Python).
  • A basic understanding of radioactivity, radiation detection and atmospheric process would be advantageous (though not essential), as complete training will be provided.

How to apply

All students can apply using the button below, following the Cabot Masters by Research Admission Statement. Please note that this is an advertised project, which means you only have to complete Section A of the Research Statement.

Before applying, we recommend getting in touch with the project's supervisors. If you are interested in this project and would like to learn more about the research you will be undertaking, please use the contact details on this page.


Your supervisor for this project will be Dr Peter Martin, Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow in the School of Physics. You can contact him on


Your co-supervisor for this project will be Dr Susan Leadbetter, Senior Scientist in Atmospheric Dispersion and Air Quality at the Met Office.

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