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Assessing the spatiotemporal variability of environmental parameters for oil spill modelling in the Bonny River Channel

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  • Full or part time
    Dr B Anifowose
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    Applications accepted all year round

About This PhD Project

Project Description

The Project

Oil spill is one of the two most significant problems in the international oil and gas industry, and it is a major source of environmental impact. An efficient oil spill response and contingency plan requires, amongst others, a systematic understanding of key environmental parameters including their spatiotemporal variability and the implications of these for oil spill trajectory and oil behaviour in water. Therefore, with a case study research design, this project seeks to establish a characterisation of the motion of water within the Bonny river channel and the space-time variability of environmental parameters governing the water and sediment flow processes. Building hydrodynamic and sediment transport models to characterise the process regime will require numerical solution to the conversation of mass and momentum for incompressible fluids. Where necessary, open-source software will be customised through subroutines scripted in a relevant programming language. Output from this study will have technical and policy implications for operators within the region and the relevant government regulators.

About the Centre/Department

Within the Engineering, Environment and Computing faculty, the School of Energy, Construction and Environment (ECE) emerged following the recent restructuring and rebalancing of the University which includes an initial investment of about £100 million in research. This has enabled collaborative research engagement between the ECE and University research centres like the Centre for Agroecology, Water & Resilience (CAWR). The ECE and CAWR boast of leading research experts with specific interests in key areas relevant to the oil and gas value chain including water sciences, environmental pollution, oil spill trajectory simulation, environmental impact assessment of oil and gas projects, land remediation, amongst others. The successful candidate will work with Dr. Babatunde Anifowose and two other CAWR colleagues as co-supervisors on this interesting project. The ECE has a growing body of postgraduate research students including local and international networking opportunities.

Successful Applicants

Successful applicants will have:
- A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the Project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average,or

- A Masters Degree in a relevant subject area will be considered as an equivalent. The Masters must have been attained with overall marks at merit level (60%). In addition, the dissertation or equivalent element in the Masters must also have been attained with a mark at merit level (60%).

- The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a prescribed period of study

- Language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).

- Experience working with or research based around the oil and gas industry, computer programming and/or oil behaviour both on water surface and water column will be advantageous.

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