About the Project
We are looking for a suitable student to investigate the physical mechanisms of interaction between wind flow, vegetation and sand transportation over coastal dune systems. The project will involve developing further the model for dune surface roughness adapted for a variety of coastal plants, wind conditions and types of coastal dunes. A model that deals with sand transportation by the wind and interaction with the dune vegetation is also a consideration. Field data will be used to create and validate the model and this may come from existing data sets or may need to be gathered.
The successful candidate will be supervised by Associate Professor Sarah Wakes (https://www.maths.otago.ac.nz/?people=sarah_wakes) and Associate Professor Mike Hilton (https://www.otago.ac.nz/geography/staff/academic/otago089600.html). The student will be part of a vibrant coastal and dune research group with researchers in a number of departments (Mathematics & Statistics, Geography, Marine Science).
The project is ideally suited for someone with interests in mathematical modelling, engineering, coastal geomorphology and computational fluid dynamics. A strong background in mathematics and physics, as well as computing skills, are essential. Prior knowledge in fluid mechanics, and/or coastal geomorphology will be an advantage, but are not essential. Both New Zealand and international students are encouraged to apply.
If you are interested in working with Sarah Wakes on this cutting-edge science project then please get in touch by sending your CV, transcripts of undergraduate and Masters studies, the names and contact details of 2 references.
Pattanapol, W., Wakes, S., & Hilton, M. (2011). Using Computational Fluid Dynamics to determine suitable foredune morphologies in New Zealand. Journal of Coastal Research, SI64(1), 298-302.
Petersen, P., Hilton, M., & Wakes, S. (2011). Evidence of aeolian sediment transport across an Ammophila arenaria Dominated foredune, Mason Bay, Stewart Island. New Zealand Geographer, 67(3), 174-189.
Pattanapol, W., Wakes, S., Hilton, M., & Dickinson, K. (2008). Modelling of surface roughness for flow over a complex vegetated surface. International Journal of Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 2(1), 18-26.
Wakes, S. J., Hilton, M. J., & Konlechner, T. (2016). Topographic Steering of Oblique Incident Winds Across a Foredune-Parabolic Topography, Mason Bay, Stewart Island, New Zealand. Journal of Coastal Research, SI75, 243-247.
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