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Assessing and forecasting risks of intense rainfall induced natural hazards on infrastructure networks

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, January 21, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

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Project Detail

Extreme weather events such as intense rainfall show an increasing impact on society. This is partly the consequence of shorter return periods between high magnitude events driven by climate change and partly as a result of continuing expansions of anthropogenic interventions in the landscape. The hazards caused by intense rainfall events are multi-faceted; for example, excessive runoff from intense rainfall causes flooding; infiltration caused by rainfall may trigger landslides; and loose landslide deposit may be mobilised by channel flow, which may cause morphological changes that further compounds downstream flood risk by altering the flow path.

Current practice evaluates the main hazards posed by intense rainfall in segmented approaches using, for example, flood, mass movement or bed-load transport models. However, using separate segmented approaches may underestimate the combined risks of multiple, interacting hazards induced by an intense rainfall event.

Therefore, this project will integrate these different types of models to develop a multi-hazard risk assessment framework. This project is co-developed with Jacobs and MS Amlin and aims to deliver tools that can be used to evaluate risk exposure of critical infrastructure (including transport, utilities and other essential services) using possible future scenarios that reflect progressive changes in climate and society.

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For further information on this project, please see the main CENTA website ( or contact Dr Xilin Xia ().

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally need to hold, or expect to gain, at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in Geography, Engineering, Earth Science or Environmental Science. A Master’s degree and/or experience in a related area associated with the research will be an advantage.

Contact details

Name: Dr Xilin Xia
Email address:
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 222396

How to apply

1. Complete a CENTA studentship application form in Word format (available from or :
2. All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select “Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering”. During the online application process, upload the CENTA studentship application form as a supporting document.
Please quote CENTA18-LU12 when completing your online application.

Funding Notes

The studentship is for 3.5 years and is intended to start in October 2019. The studentship provides a tax free stipend of £14,777 per annum (in 2018/19) for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (£4,260 in 2018/19) and a research training support grant of £8,000.

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