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MPhil opportunity: Development of a water quality model for predicting indicators of Harmful Algal Blooms in coastal waters

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  Dr Z Bedri  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Dublin Ireland Civil Engineering Environmental Engineering Pollution

About the Project

The Master research study will be conducted as part of the Artificial Intelligence-powered Forecast for Harmful Algal Blooms (AIHABs) project funded under the EU Aquatic Pollutants Joint Transnational Call 2020 (http://www.waterjpi.eu/joint-calls/joint-call-2020-aquaticpollutants). The AIHABs project consortium is led by a civil engineering research team in TU Dublin and it includes researchers from other cross-cutting disciplines in six European academic and research institutes.  The main objective of the AIHABs project is to develop an early system to forecast the occurrence, spread and fate of emerging cyanotoxins caused by Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in inland and coastal waters.

In this Master study, the student will develop a coastal water quality model using the MIKE software (https://www.mikepoweredbydhi.com/). The developed model will simulate the hydrodynamics and the water quality transport and fate processes involved in modelling algae indicators, e.g. chlorophyll-a (chl-a), associated with cyanotoxin in coastal waters. The modelling results will at a later stage feed into Artificial Intelligence forecasting system used to predict the occurrence of harmful algal blooms. A number  of sites in coastal waters in Europe with history of HABs will be evaluated using multi-criteria analysis in order to identify the most suitable ones for use in the study.

The project methodology entails: (i) selection of study sites, (ii) development of a hydrodynamic numerical model to simulate the tidal and flow patterns in the coastal waters of the selected study sites, (iii) development of a water quality model (using MIKE 3/21 FM) to simulate transport and fate of contaminants in the nutrient cycle and phytoplankton associated with cyanotoxin in these coastal waters, and (iv) calibration and validation of the hydrodynamic-water quality model, (v) using the developed hydrodynamic-water quality model to simulate and assess the water quality of the coastal waters under a range of water quality scenarios.

Student requirements for this project

Min 2.2 Bachelor degree (Level 8) in Civil or Environmental Engineering or any closely related discipline


Full funding for a two-year MPhil study including:

Student Stipend:                 €18,500 p.a.

Materials/ Travel etc        € 1000 p.a.

Fees:                                     Up to €5,750 p.a.

All project expenses and travel.

Applicants for this project are required to complete an Expression of Interest (https://www.tudublin.ie/media/website/research/phd-research-opportunities/EOI-Form.doc) and email it to [Email Address Removed]  - For enquiries please contact [Email Address Removed]

Funding Notes

Student Stipend €18,500 p.a.
Materials/ Travel etc € 1000 p.a.
Fees €5,750 p.a. (EU fees)
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