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Rebecca Coulson

University of Leicester


Investigating the Earth’s upper atmosphere using the EISCAT_3D radar


  • Dr Darren Wright
  • Professor Steve Milan  

PhD Summary

My PhD is looking at how extreme space weather events which transfer energy into the Earth’s magnetosphere affects the upper and middle atmosphere. Specifically, the climateWe will be using the EISCAT_3D radar, along with other ground and space-based instruments to look at how energetic particle precipitation affects the local chemistry and depletes Ozone.  

Previous activity

Before my PhD, I completed an undergraduate master’s degree in physics at the University of Leicester.  

Why did you choose doctoral research?

During the 3rd and 4th years, I completed research projects based on the Atmospheric cycles of Jupiter and the variability of the field-aligned currents which generate the aurora on Earth. These were my favourite and the most enjoyable part of the degree. This project offers an opportunity to continue researching new ideas within the field of space weather.  

Why did you choose CENTA?

The CENTA DTP interested me as it offered the opportunity to gain transferable skills that will be beneficial in both academia and industry. 

Future plans

In the future, I am open to staying in academia or going into industry, but I am keen to continue research within the environmental sector.