About the Project
Environmental tracers have long been used to assess hydrological flow paths in catchments, providing information on the source, route and residence time of water. High-frequency sampling of environmental tracers in catchments where NFM measures have been utilised has the potential to provide the empirical evidence required to ascertain how NFM can reduce the magnitude, timing and peak flood flows. Such information would offer the first experiential data of NFM effectiveness to help inform future land and flood risk management and stakeholder engagement in NFM measures.
This studentship will address the lack of robust, empirical BACI- style evidence currently limiting NFM research by utilising novel environmental tracer techniques to determine if NFM measures can delay, reduce and desynchronise the flood hydrograph and therefore reduce flood risk. The student will address questions such as: which NFM measures are most effective in reducing flood risk, and how do antecedent conditions affect flood risk and NFM effectiveness? In particular, we seek to assess the applicability and utility of environmental tracers in providing the empirical evidence required for continued ‘buy-in’ to NFM techniques, and a novel tool in monitoring NFM effectiveness.
The project will be predominantly field based in catchments throughout the Pennines where NFM measures are currently in the planning process. The student will design and test environmental tracer experiments to quantify catchment hydrology and subsequent runoff generation to allow storm hydrograph determination under a number of rainfall scenarios. The student will be involved in the design and implementation of a number of NFM measures and later assessment of their effect on storm hydrology. This primary research will be contextualised using a number of model scenarios in addition to experimental observation. Coupling of experimental and observational data using novel tracer techniques in this manner will allow, for the first time, significant new insights into the potential for NFM techniques in managing flood risk in the UK and world-wide.
For further information, please see http://www.nercdtp.leeds.ac.uk/projects/index.php?id=534 or contact Dr Megan Klaar ([Email Address Removed])
For further details, please see the NERC DTP website http://www.nercdtp.leeds.ac.uk/how-to-apply
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