Erosion and flooding represent significant threats to our coastlines. In recent years, much progress has been made in understanding the role of natural habitats in providing coastal protection both in isolation and, in combination with, engineered sea defence structures.
THE UNIVERSITY OF CANTERBURY AND THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF WATER AND ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH are offering a PhD scholarship in a joint project that seeks to integrate broad and local-scale effects on the coastal light environment and primary productivity of benthic macroalgae.
Currently 53% of people live on the 10% of the earth’s surface that is within 200km of the coast. Meeting the needs of coastal communities forms one of the major challenges facing society in the 21st Century and in particular an engineering solution is needed to the provide sustainable fresh water supplies.