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Coastal system resilience under increased storminess

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    Prof D Parsons
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Project Description

To celebrate the University's research successes, the University of Hull is offering one full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarship or International Fees Bursary for candidates applying for the following project

Closing date: - 29th February 2016.
Studentships will start on 26th September 2016
Supervisors: Prof Dan Parsons [Email Address Removed] 01482 465343
Dr Stuart McLelland (Hull), Prof Steve Rice (Loughborough University)

Biofilms and vegetated sediment surfaces have been shown to provide a stronger resilience to wave and current action and can constitute a natural adaptation to varying climate conditions. Improving understanding of such climate change adaptation strategies is essential for better management of the coastal zone under future scenarios of increased storminess. However, interactions the interactions between biota and sediment transport dynamics are also likely to be significantly non-linear. There is an urgent need to model these interactions so that we can develop effective management strategies. Including the complexities of biota and mixed sediments in experiments presents a challenge to ensure organism behaviour and the interaction with hydrodynamics and sediment transport are accurately reproduced.

This studentship is part of a larger EU-funded research project called HYDRALAB+ ( which is developing physical models to improve our understanding of climate change adaptation. This studentship will focus on a key component of this work which is the scaling and representation of biota in physical models. The outcomes will enable complex interactions of biota and sediment to be studied effectively over longer time periods and for extreme events. This will include the development of surrogates for use in flume experiments which will be linked to experiments investigating the behaviour of biota in controlled environments and interlinked field studies. The project will enable a better understanding of how biota can be incorporated in experimental models so that climate change adaptation can be improved and make best use of natural system responses to extreme events that may become more frequent and/or increase in magnitude.

The successful applicant will take an active role in the HYDRALAB experiments involving the University of Hull with the potential to undertake research at other partner institutions in Europe. You will work with an international group of experts in the field of hydraulic modelling and use unique experimental facilities to improve research into climate change adaptation. You will participate in networking activities including training and foresight studies as well as engaging with external stakeholders. The project is part of the Catastrophic Flows Research Cluster within the department of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences.

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In order to qualify for this scholarship you will require an undergraduate degree with at least a 2.1, or equivalent in a relevant subject.
Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,057 in 2015/16) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Full-time International Fee PhD Studentships will include full fees at the International student rate for three years, dependent on satisfactory progress.

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.

Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 30th April 2016 at the latest.

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