Currently 53% of people live on the 10% of the earth’s surface that is within 200km of the coast. Meeting the needs of coastal communities forms one of the major challenges facing society in the 21st Century and in particular an engineering solution is needed to the provide sustainable fresh water supplies.
With its widespread availability and resilience to drought, groundwater can play a vital role in meeting this need.
Where too much water is extracted, saltwater can enter water supplies in a process called saline intrusion (SI).
This project will investigate the processes that govern this intrusion and develop the means to detect, and therefore prevent, any intrusion occurring.
The successful PhD student will join an existing team of multidisciplinary researchers from Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) and Imperial College London (ICL) working in this area.
To be eligible for a full award (stipend and fees), the candidate must have settled status in the UK (with no restrictions on how long they can stay) and been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the grant.