About the Project
The PhD research aims to develop and apply a BN, combining hydrogeological and socio-environmental factors, as a novel probabilistic method for assessing and mapping of the vulnerability of GW to diffuse pesticide pollution. The aims are subsequently: (i) to test/validate the BN with actual monitoring data; (ii) to apply the BN to explore the effectiveness of different management measures on reducing diffuse GW pollution. Later stages will explore if the BN can be modified and applied to other contaminants and/or catchments and the feasibility of including socio-economic factors and impacts on ecosystem services will be investigated.
The project will be implemented through collaborative supervision between the hydrology groups at the University of Aberdeen (UoA) and the James Hutton Institute (JHI). Both UoA and JHI are centres of research excellence in environmental hydrology and delivers internationally leading catchment science to help underpin sustainable water management.
The project would most suit an individual with a background in quantitative sciences (particularly engineering and environmental science) and interest in modelling.
Applicants should have a first-class honours degree in a relevant subject or a 2.1 honours degree plus Masters (or equivalent).Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in Jan/Feb 2018. A more detailed plan of the studentship is available to candidates upon application. Funding is available for European applications, but Worldwide applicants who possess suitable self-funding are also invited to apply
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