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ONE Planet DTP - Coastal geohazard analyses and decision making tools for asset management (Ref: OP20240)

  • Full or part time
    Dr M Lim
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, January 31, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Significant investment (~£50m in the UK) is made into mitigating the risks posed by coastal geohazards to buildings, infrastructure, utilities and ecosystems. This PhD project will develop a suite of coastal geohazard decision-making tools that can be used by researchers and practitioners to quantify risks and impacts to assets in the coastal zone. The student will deploy a range of geomatics and geophysical surveying techniques to characterise surface and subsurface hazards and their evolution across coastal sites in the northeast. These techniques include repeat high-resolution 3D topographic surveys (laser scanning, drone-based photogrammetry) to quantify subaerial erosion, and passive and active seismic surveying as well as Ground-Penetrating Radar to detect subsurface cavities and pathways in the coastal zone. Integration of these data will enable the evolution of the full range of coastal geohazards to be quantified in the form of combined time-lapse surface-subsurface models. These models will be hosted in a digital environment that the student will work with the Council to develop, incorporating key coastal asset information (e.g. roads, subsurface utilities) to achieve a predictive capacity for risk mitigation. The project builds on recent coastal erosion research and consultancy work and the student will work closely with the Council, and will spend part of the studentship directly embedded in their Environmental Protection team. This will ensure wider project relevance and application through direct knowledge transfer and effective, practitioner led decision-making tools.

The project would suit a student with a background in fields such as Civil Engineering, Geomorphology, Geosciences or Geomatics. For more information, please contact Mike Lim ().

Eligibility and How to Apply:
Please note eligibility requirement:
• Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
• Appropriate IELTS score, if required.
• Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere.

Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. OP.....) will not be considered.

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.

Funding Notes

We have a minimum of 12 (3.5 year) PhD fully funded studentship awards available for October 2020 entry. Each award includes fees (Home / EU), an annual living allowance (for 2019/20 this is £15,009) and a Research Training Support Grant (for travel, consumables, as required).

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