Long-term coastal change & strategic infrastructure planning
The island of the UK rapidly needs a way to prioritise its future coastal infrastructure adaptation needs for ensuring its resilience for future generations of users. To achieve this an understanding of both the future vulnerability and exposure to rising sea levels, and the use of climate services in infrastructure planning & decision making is vital. This studentship will advance a novel cross-disciplinary approach to examining the hazards & socio-economic impacts of newly published climate projections (UKCP18) on coastal infrastructure. The project will blend natural and social sciences to combine digital databases of infrastructure networks & elevation models; future sea-level projections (e.g.UKCP18); risk assessment frameworks; and climate services utility in practice. The studentship requires a strongly motivated researcher that can deliver interdisciplinary research outputs & understanding from the start. It will provide an excellent opportunity to engage with academics, practitioners, and infrastructure managers & policy makers in the field of climate resilience and coastal planning - thus providing a strong opportunity for future work in the field.
UK/EU - A 3 year scholarship funded by the University of Leeds through the Priestley International Centre for Climate. The award will provide tuition fees (£4,500 for 2019/20), tax-free stipend at the UK research council rate (£15,009 for 2019/20), and a research training and support grant of £750 per annum.