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ONE Planet DTP - Contemporary changes in fine sediment flux across Europe: Understanding the pressures, and apprasing catchment-based solutions for reducing delivery to fluvial systems.

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

Project Description

Fully integrated international assessments documenting the impact of land management on fine sediment transfer to fluvial systems are scarce. This project will seek to bridge this research gap through the compilation of existing EU-wide water quality monitoring datasets, and the generation of remotely sensed observations based on satellite observations.

Following compilation of existing fine sediment and water discharge datasets from national hydrometric networks, annual sediment fluxes will be quantified for major rivers of the EU. Secondly, open access, high-resolution products from Terra (EOS AM-1) and Sentinel 2a satellites will be utilized for remote assessment of sediment flux of small inland waterbodies. This approach has been advocated for determining the regional flux of sediment from land to sea, but these data have yet to be compiled for the EU. This unique dataset of fine sediment concentrations and river discharge will be used to assess how sediment availability and erosivity has changed over time in response to large-scale land-use pressures across the study catchments

Through the collation of routinely monitored environmental variables, and acquisition of fine sediment fluxes using novel data sources, this project will provide a step-change in our understanding of sediment fluxes to marine environments, inform international directives, and enable the better prediction of changes in sediment fluxes as a result of anthropogenic drivers across Europe. This knowledge will be integrated within a GIS framework to enable the potential for different sediment mitigation schemes to be considered and tested

Funding Notes

A desire to conduct fieldwork and develop remote sensing techniques; an understanding of catchment processes specifically sediment dynamics; numerical skills for time series analysis and model development.

This project is part of the ONE Planet DTP. Find out more here: View Website

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