Predicting future fuel (vegetation) water moisture content and associated wildfire danger across temperate Europe
This PhD project will help formulate an effective temperate European Fire Danger rating system that is urgently needed to support the management of increased wildfire occurrence expected under changing climatic conditions. The project will take a hydrological approach, predicting the moisture content of fuels (living and dead vegetation) at a range of spatial scales; from targeted high risk localised plots to temperate European regions. Fuel moisture predictions will be devised from the development of a low-cost wireless fuel moisture sensor network combined with remotely sensed water and vegetation data. Working with secondment partners, the impact of the refined temperate fuel moisture contents on fire behaviour and fire danger will be assessed at exemplar sites. The PhD project will be based at the University of Birmingham, UK, with secondments to both the University of Alberta, Canada, and to industry partners Tecnosylva, Spain.
For informal inquiries please contact Nicholas Kettridge, [Email Address Removed]
Applicants are invited to apply on-line via our e-recruitment system. This can be found at http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/staff/jobs/index.aspx. Submit motivation letter and a CV. Use template for motivation letter at https://pyrolife.lessonsonfire.eu/ that outlines four topics we expect you to cover, and that also includes a form to show your eligibility for the program in terms of early stage researcher and mobility requirements.
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