About the Project
Small-scale laboratory experiments will be conducted to investigate how coral reef islands adapt to sea-level rise. The physical model results will be used to validate a morphodynamic numerical model which will be used to further explore the relevant factors controlling island adaption. Informed by fieldwork in the Maldives, the numerical model will be used to evaluate, for different sea-level and wave climate scenarios, the future trajectories of several coral reef island types. Finally, the societal implications of these trajectories will be assessed and human adaptation strategies will be explored.
The successful candidate will be part of the Coastal Processes Research Group, an internationally recognised group of researchers, specialising in field studies and numerical modelling of coastal processes. This PhD project provides the opportunity to gain a range of advanced skills as the project includes small-scale physical modelling in a state-of-the-art engineering laboratory, advanced numerical modelling and field surveys on a reef island. The PhD candidate will also spend a significant amount of time with the external partners, further augmenting their knowledge and skills. By the end of the project, the PhD candidate should be imminently employable as a post-doctoral researcher or a high-level coastal/marine adviser in a GO, NGO or consultancy.
We are seeking a PhD candidate with a background in marine science, physical geography, geology or coastal engineering, and with strong numeracy, communication and inter-personal skills, and with a strong affinity for the marine environment. Numerical modelling expertise is desirable.
cover visa costs (including immigration health surcharge) or costs of relocation.
Excellent applicants from quantitative disciplines with limited experience in environmental sciences may be considered for additional 3-month stipend for advanced-level courses.
ARIES is committed to equality, diversity, widening participation and inclusion. We encourage enquiries/applications regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation, transgender status. Academic qualifications are considered alongside significant relevant non-academic experience.
See www.aries-dtp.ac.uk for details
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