Outline: Coasts, rivers and their wetland and water-body interfaces are highly dynamic geomorphic environments, which shelter and interact with complex ecologies. The hydro-bio-geomorphic interactions of these systems are still poorly understood, especially in New Zealand’s dynamic environment. Thanks to recent scientific advances, we increasingly have power to explore their functioning and changing nature using GIS, remote sensing, sedimentological and hydrodynamic methods.
As these environments are becoming increasingly developed to take advantage of their resources, at the same time being inherently prone to multi-hazards and competing management pressures, a thorough understanding of the way they function has become essential, not to mention in light of climate change and sea level rise.
Consequently, we are interested in supervising research in the areas of coastal and river fundamental science, multi-hazards, harbour development and mudflat dynamics, freshwater lagoon morphodynamics, braided river bio-geomorphological systems, coastal and hazard crowd sourcing for monitoring, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation (including resilience strengthening) for Pacific Island environments (particularly low islands) and research that merges physical and ecological science in coastal and river settings.
Key skills needed for this research include: geomorphology, GIS, remote sensing, coastal and river science, sedimentology, ecology, hydrology and a reasonable ability in coding such as in Matlab or R.
Funding Sources : For all scholarship opportunities, please see: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/Scholarships/ or contact the research administrator for any project-specific funding: [email protected]
- A Masters Degree
- A minimum grade point average of 3.5
- Minimum English language requirements for this project: IELTS 7.0
Please contact Kathy Hogarth ([email protected]
) in the first instance with the following documents:
- Grade transcripts
- CV including your technical abilities and software knowledge and experience
- Letter stating your research interests