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Satellite monitoring of post-earthquake building damage

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, April 30, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Applications are invited for a 3.5-years PhD Studentship on the use of Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) monitoring to assess post-earthquake building damage. The project will be run in collaboration with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech, and the University of California, Berkeley.

Rapid urbanisation poses an enormous challenge for the resilience of cities against earthquakes. The efficient management of the post-event emergency gives an essential contribution to resilience. In recent earthquakes (Haiti 2010, Nepal 2015), the use of satellite imagery has shown tremendous potential in localising the most damaged areas and thus guiding rescue operations and reconstruction. However, satellite-based data applications have been limited to the qualitative detection of completely destroyed areas or very severely damaged structures. This project aims to develop a rapid tool for the quantitative assessment of earthquake-induced building damage (both extensive and moderate) based on radar interferometric data.

The research involves the analysis and processing of satellite-based displacement measurements, computational and analytical modelling, collaborative work, preparation of journal papers and result dissemination to diverse audience. Temporary research stays at partner institutions (NASA JPL and University of Berkeley) may be possible.

The successful applicant will ideally have graduated (or be due to graduate) with an undergraduate Masters first class degree or MSc distinction (or overseas equivalent). English language requirements must be met at the time of application to be considered for funding.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Giorgia Giardina ()

Formal applications should be made via the University of Bath’s online application form for a PhD in Civil Engineering. Please ensure that you state the full project title and lead supervisor name on the application form.

More information about applying for a PhD at Bath may be found here:

Anticipated start date: 30 September 2019

Funding Notes

Funding will cover Home/EU tuition fees, a maintenance stipend (£15,009 pa (2019/20 rate)) and a training support fee of £1,000 per annum for up to 3.5 years.

How good is research at University of Bath in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 28.38

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