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Glacier Lake Outburst Floods in Chilean Patagonia – detection, prediction and impacts - MScR in Global Environmental Challenges

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  • Full or part time
    Prof J L Wadham
    Dr J Neal
  • Application Deadline
    No more applications being accepted
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

About the Project
Glacier Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs) occur when meltwater drains catastrophically from lakes damned by moraine or by a glacier margin. In Chilean Patagonia, GLOFS are becoming increasingly hazardous as ice-dammed lake volumes increase with glacier retreat. This project will investigate GLOFs at Steffen Glacier which drains the Northern Patagonian Ice Field. Here, >2 GLOFs are reported every summer and are becoming a risk to human life. Using 3 year records of river water stage (via sensors), time lapse photography and 30 years of satellite data (e.g. Sentinel), the project aims to determine the characteristics, frequency and causes of the GLOFS. It will go onto propose solutions for early warning systems, in collaboration with project partners in Chile.

Why Choose this Opportunity
You may have the opportunity to join a field expedition to Steffen Glacier, Chile later in 2019 (experience permitting), though this is not required for the project.

About You
Some background in hydrological processes, high level of fitness, expedition experience or remote camping and hiking (if interested in fieldwork)

About the programme
The Cabot Institute Masters by Research is a unique opportunity to work with a leading supervisor to deliver a one-year research project that you are passionate about. The programme will bring together exceptional students from all backgrounds with a common mission – protecting the planet and securing our future. As well as learning from your supervisor, you will learn from your fellow students; coming together to share your ideas and developing your problem-solving skills as part of an interdisciplinary team over the year. As well as being hosted within the Cabot Institute you will have a direct relationship within the relevant School for your research area, allowing you to fully take advantage of a wide-ranging research community.
Alongside your research project, you will benefit from a unique personal development and transferable skills training schedule. These unaccredited, optional events will give you the opportunity to come together with your peers to improve your research skills and develop an innovative approach to the global challenges we face today. You will also be encouraged to propose your own interests for a seminar series, giving you a unique platform to mould your studies and get involved directly with the programme. The training schedule will focus on:
• Interdisciplinarity & Collaboration
• Innovation & Enterprise
• Making your research a success
• Research communications
• Ignite your interests (your chance to propose ideas for a seminar series)
You will also gain access to the Cabot Institute’s network of experts across academia, government, business and industry via networking events. These opportunities will not only support your research, but give you the edge in your future career, whatever that may be.

Funding Notes

Programme fees per year:
UK/EU Full time £6950, Part time £3560
Overseas Full time £21700, Part time £11100

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