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Waterfalls have long been considered iconic and popular features of any landscape, but are also critical in controlling the pace and pattern of landscape evolution over both short and long timescales. Despite their importance for the evolution of landscapes, the physical processes that drive waterfall erosion remain poorly constrained with many studies favouring a simplified ‘stream power’ based approach despite recent work highlighting numerous and important complexities in the physical reality.
This PhD will harness laboratory modelling and fieldwork in a combined approach to tackle some outstanding questions that remain regarding waterfall processes and their role in landscape evolution. Specific landscapes for field study will be determined during the early stages of the project, but will include locations where driving factors can be isolated and quantified, such as bedload sediment supply in the Rangitikei River, New Zealand. Unique analogue model experiments will be performed under controlled laboratory conditions at the Université de Rennes 1 (France), allowing a range of different climate and tectonic scenarios to be tested and specific waterfall processes quantified including the role of flow hydraulics and sediment supply.
The findings from this project will lead to a step-change in the understanding of waterfall erosion processes, with exciting implications for the modelling of wider landscape evolution and interpreting past landscape change.
Find out more
For further information on this project, please see the main CENTA website (https://centa.ac.uk/) or contact Dr Edwin Baynes ([Email Address Removed]).
Applicants will normally need to hold, or expect to gain, at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in Geography, Earth Science, Physics, Environmental Science or Civil Engineering or an appropriate Master’s degree.
How to apply
- Complete a CENTA studentship application form in Word format (available from https://centa.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply/ or here).
- All applications should be made online at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/. Under programme name, select “Geography and Environment”. During the online application process, upload the CENTA studentship application form as a supporting document.
Please quote CENTA22-LU4 when completing your application.