Flood events cause major disruption and socio-economic impacts and with expectations of future climate change, optimally managing such events becomes increasingly imperative. Fundamental to flood forecasting is the mechanism by which floods arise. This project will explore the ability of hydrological models to accurately simulate the different hydro-meteorological mechanisms affecting flood risk within an explicit uncertainty framework. This work will be based along the principle and prior experience that whilst some measures, data or information may be subject to uncertainty and often rejected for that reason, when assessed within an explicit uncertainty framework these can be often shown to have demonstrable informative content.
This project will explore the potential offered by the plethora of low-cost, high density sensor technologies. This project aims to utilise the recent advances in these technologies for flood forecasting and mitigation. This project seeks to enable a ’systems’ approach whereby disruption through flooding can be minimised by evaluating and optimising the system holistically. Such information from data networks can also be used in long-term planning and developing future operational management.
The project will use the Urban observatory for Newcastle City projects and the Upper Ouseburn catchment sites, to further test this concept. We will continue to work with our existing partners at the EA, NWL and the City Council and will seek financial support from them.
This project would suit a candidate with an Environmental Science/Engineering background with experience in data handling and programming.
For more information, please contact Prof Stewart Franks ([email protected]
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.
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).