Weather radars have long been used as an important alternative for severe storms monitoring and warnings. The last two decades have seen a large number of their applications in flood risk management. More recently, high-resolution, easy to maintain X-band radars have become a new equipment in urban water management in terms of flood prediction and drainage management, thanks to their instantaneous availability and better spatial representations of rain storms. Most importantly, weather radars can provide very short forecasting (nowcasting) of severe storms hence extended lead time for decision makers. This project is set to study on radar-based rainfall estimation and nowcasting, with very focus on small urban catchment and new x-band radar technologies. The undertaker is expected to work interdisciplinary with other researchers in urban flood modelling, numerical weather predictions.
Applicants should have (or expected to have by the time of enrolment) an MSc in Civil / Environmental / Water Science Engineering with an average grade of upper second or above. Applicants with an MSc in Computer Sciences (especially Computer Vision, AI and or Signal Processing) are also welcome to apply.
English Language requirement IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or Swansea University recognised equivalent.
Please note that this is a self-funded PhD project.