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Digital twins for natural flood management

Project Description

Reference number: CENTA20-LU12
Start date: 1 October 2020
Closing date: 10 January 2020
Interview date: Week beginning 3 February 2020

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

Find out more: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/supporting-you/research/

Project Detail:

Flooding is the most damaging natural hazard in the UK and across the globe. The sustainability of traditional hard engineered solutions has become questionable, and providing adequate protection is rapidly becoming unacceptably expensive. A recent trend is to manage flood risk at source through working with natural processes, i.e. Natural Flood Management (NFM); defined as altering, restoring or using a landscape’s features to reduce flood risk. Most of the current approaches for designing and installing NFM schemes are not capable of representing detailed dynamic flooding processes and often do not take into account other relevant processes, e.g. sediment and pollution transport. These current approaches cannot reliably inform the design of NFM schemes for multiple benefits and maximised performance.

Close collaborating with a frontline water company actively working on NFM, this exciting PhD project aims to develop a flexible computing environment to integrate a high-performance multi-process hydrodynamic modelling system with data streams from multiple sources to facilitate design and implementation of effective NFM schemes. This will essentially deliver an innovative NFM digital twin to replicate the relevant natural and built systems and interactive processes. The research outputs will have a potential to step-change the current engineering practice in NFM.

Find out more:

For further information on this project, please see the main CENTA website (http://www.centa.org.uk/) or contact Prof. Qiuhua Liang () or Dr Xilin Xia ().

Entry requirements:

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

To apply:

1. Complete a CENTA studentship application form in Word format (available from http://www.centa.org.uk/apply/ or here).
2. All applications should be made online at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/. Under programme name, select “Civil and Building Engineering”. During the online application process, upload the CENTA studentship application form as a supporting document.

Please quote CENTA20-LU12 when completing your online application.

Funding Notes

The studentship is funded for 3.5 years and is intended to start in October 2020. The studentship provides a tax-free stipend of £15,009 per annum (in 2019/20) for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (£4,327 in 2019/20) and a research training support grant of £8,000. Please note that due to restrictions imposed by the funder, only students with a UK/EU fee status will initially be considered for this position.

Further guidance about eligibility is available at UKRI Terms and Conditions: View Website

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