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  SCENARIO: Developing a Multi-Pollutant Water Quality Model for Spatial Targeting of Land Management Interventions to Reduce Water Pollution

   School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science

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  Prof Andrew Wade, Dr M Glendell, Dr I Pohle, Dr Leah Jackson-Blake  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

This studentship, jointly funded by SCENARIO and the James Hutton Institute, aims to quantify the response of carbon, nitrogen, sediment and phosphorus in river-systems to small-scale pollution mitigation measures. The aim is to develop a process-based catchment-scale water quality model that simulates the response of carbon (C), nitrogen (N), sediment and phosphorous (P) to multiple stressors using new data from intensively monitored catchments in Scotland and England, and to use that model to understand which field and catchment-scale pollution reduction measures are most effective.

Water quality models are useful tools to understand how drivers of change, including policy instruments, will affect the chemical constituents in the water environment. A new model will be built for the River Kennet and Tarland Burn to begin, important exemplars of UK water quality issues.

Training opportunities:
The training will be split between the University of Reading and James Hutton Institute. Training will be given in environmental data analysis, Geographical Information Systems and statistical and process-based environmental modelling including programming. There will be opportunities to visit the field study sites and the student will be part of a large community of environmental scientists at Reading and James Hutton Institute.

You can find a short video of Andrew Wade talking about this project on YouTube:

Funding Notes

This project is potentially funded by the SCENARIO NERC Doctoral Training Partnership, subject to a competition to identify the strongest applicants. To apply, please follow the instructions at

Applicants should hold or expect to gain a minimum of a 2:1 Bachelor Degree, Masters Degree with Merit, or equivalent in (ideally) mathematics, engineering or a closely related environmental or physical science.

Due to restrictions on the funding this studentship is only open to UK students and EU students who have lived in the UK for the past three years.

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