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Scaling flood events and ecohydraulics in experimental models

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    Dr S J Mclelland
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
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About This PhD Project

Project Description

To celebrate the University's research successes, the University of Hull is offering one full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarship or International Fees Bursary for candidates applying for the following project

Closing date: - 29th February 2016.
Studentships will start on 26th September 2016
Supervisors: < 01482 465007
Prof Dan Parsons (Hull), Prof Tom Coulthard (Hull)

Physical modelling of fluvial systems is an essential tool for understanding the impacts of climate change and developing effective adaptation pathways for more sustainable environments. Incorporating biological responses and understanding bio-physical interactions faces a number of challenges due to the non-linear system responses resulting from the changes in event frequency and magnitude associated with climate change. This studentship is aligned with the RECIPE project within a large EU funded project, HYDRALAB+. This project will meet these challenges of modelling the future impacts and adaptations to climate by developing new innovative experimental techniques, methods and protocols in physical hydraulic modelling to address these issues.

Previous work on the interaction of river systems with vegetation growth have shown that channel patterns are strongly influenced by bio-geomorphological interactions. This work is based on using small-scale analogue systems where vegetation grows in days and can be seen to interact with river geomorphology. This studentship will build on previous studies to investigate how vegetated river channels respond to increased flood magnitudes and frequencies and will examine how river systems will respond to progressive changes in discharge regimes. This will enable us to better understand how natural river systems will behave over longer periods of time. One key challenge is that, as with morphodynamic changes, biological components will change over a wide range of different time scales and this adds significant non-linearities to system responses. We will therefore develop methods and protocols that address the disparities in the scaling of hydrodynamics, morphodynamics and biota within laboratory environments.

The successful applicant will take an active role in the HYDRALAB experiments involving the University of Hull with the potential to undertake research at other partner institutions in Europe. You will have the opportunity to work with an international group of experts in the field of hydraulic modelling and to use unique experimental facilities to improve research into climate change adaptation. You will participate in networking activities including training and foresight studies as well as engaging with external stakeholders. The project is part of the Catastrophic Flows Research Cluster within the department of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences.>

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In order to qualify for this scholarship you will require an undergraduate degree with at least a 2.1, or equivalent in a relevant subject.
Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,057 in 2015/16) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Full-time International Fee PhD Studentships will include full fees at the International student rate for three years, dependent on satisfactory progress.

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.

Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 30th April 2016 at the latest.

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