The student will develop an Agricultural System Model for Shubayqa, Jordan, and survey local communities in Shubayqa about their present farming practices and attitudes. Survey data will be used to validate the mathematical model, which will focs around ideas of environmental impact and risk management (control of environmental impact) and resilience (ability of the farm system to withstand impact). The Agricultural System Model will be coupled to hydrological models, and a new palaeo-environmental reconstruction of landscape stability will be produced by the student.
The model will then be applied to the Shubayqa system through the last 15,000 years, comparing against the chronology of occupation at the site. The project will compare modelled resilience, and associated change in potential risk, against estimates of population density at the site.
This PhD will be based in the School of Geography. For further details, please contact Dr Matt Jones: [email protected]