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Project 2: Quantifying the role of mangrove forests in protecting vulnerable coastlines from extreme events. (jon.hill@york.ac.uk)


Department of Environment and Geography

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Dr Jon Hill No more applications being accepted Competition Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)
York United Kingdom Environmental Engineering Environmental Geography Fluid Mechanics Marine Sciences Mathematical Modelling Physical Geography

About the Project

This is one of four potential projects.

Quantifying the role of mangrove forests in protecting vulnerable coastlines from extreme events. ([Email Address Removed])

Tsunamis are devastating natural hazards with over 300,000 people dying in just two events in 2004 and 2011. As sea levels rise and coastal populations increase, so does the risk of future, high-mortality events. In 2004, areas where mangrove forests still thrived suffered less devastation, but the role of vegetation in hazard mitigation strategy is hard to quantify. What protection do they offer and is it enough? This project will combine fieldwork and numerical experiments to calculate the impact of forest width, density, arrangement and species on inundation depth and distance of multiple extreme event scenarios. Additional numerical models and machine learning will be used to optimise coastal forests for maximum defence.

All projects require an interest in environmental issues and in addition: social science or ageing/gerontology background and qualitative research expertise (project 1); a good degree in Chemistry, Biology, Natural/Environmental Sciences or Mathematics (projects 2, 4); statistical expertise and interests in App development and machine learning (project 3). 

Funding Notes

A 3-year PhD studentship will be funded by the Department of Environment and Geography at the University of York starting in September 2021. The PhD studentship is available to UK students only.

To apply you will need:

-Curriculum vitae (CV)/resumé demonstrating a high level of academic achievement and appropriate non-academic experience. Please include high school results.

-Transcripts and certificates of ALL degrees to date. If you have not yet completed your current degree, you must send an official transcript of your results so far.

-Personal Statement. State clearly which project you are interested in and outline (i) why you are interested in this topic (ii) what motivates you to pursue PhD study, (iii) describe your research experience and how your skill set matches the requirements, (iv) the wider importance of your selected project.

-Two academic References. It is your responsibility to request these references and ensure that they are sent to us.


Funding Notes

There is one 3-year PhD Studentship available at the Department of Environment and Geography at the University of York. Only one of the four potential projects will receive funding.
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