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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 12:29 pm 
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Category PhD Studentship
Employer School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University
Location United Kingdom, Gwynedd, Bangor
Closure Date Sunday, August 19, 2012
Description:

For EU and UK students only

Project title: Simulating the impacts of climate change on estuarine dynamics
using an integrated catchment-to-coast numerical model

Project Description:

The student will interact with an expert team of supervisors within the School
of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University:
Dr Reza Hashemi (r.hashemi@bangor.ac.uk), Dr Peter Robins
(p.robins@bangor.ac.uk), Dr Simon Neill (s.p.neill@bangor.ac.uk) and Prof.
Colin Jago (c.f.jago@bangor.ac.uk).

The School of Ocean Sciences has a well-established record of hydrodynamic
modelling, particularly in the Irish Sea and estuaries around Wales. The
student will be based in the School of Ocean Sciences, a multidisciplinary
department located on the shores of the Menai Strait, North Wales, and one of
the largest university marine science departments in Europe.

The aim of the project is to develop a sophisticated numerical model to predict
the impact of climate change on estuaries. The negative impacts of climate
change on estuaries can severely affect the natural environment and those
communities who live there. Changes in hydrological and climatic parameters of
a catchment (e.g., rainfall distribution and land use) interact with changes in
the ocean dynamics (e.g., sea-level rise and wave propagation), and may lead to
a major response from an estuarine system. An integrated model of an entire
estuary (from the catchment and river region to the coastal zone) is an ideal
tool to predict these responses and study potential mitigation or adaptation
measures. However, few ‘catchment-to-coast’ models presently exist. In this
project, an integrated catchment-to-coast model will be developed by coupling
several specialised regional model codes on a high performance computing platform..

A reliable integrated model of the Dyfi Estuary and catchment, Wales, UK, will
be examined as a case study.
The main candidate model for modelling river and estuary is TELEMAC. Some
experience of working with numerical codes, and an understanding of
hydrodynamics and sediment transport processes is desirable.

If you wish to apply for the studentship, please email your CV (including the
name and contact details of two referees) and a brief covering letter to Dr Reza
Hashemi (r.hashemi@bangor.ac.uk).

Funding Notes:
This project is fully funded by Fujitsu / HPC (High Performance Computing)
Wales, covering all fees, and an annual maintenance allowance (stipend) of
around £14,000.
Before applying, please check the eligibility criteria at
http://www.bangor.ac.uk/oceansciences/p ... bid=4337#2

For further information about the project, please contact Dr Reza Hashemi, Dr
Peter Robins or Dr Simon Neill.


Contact Information:

Name Dr Reza Hashemi
Email r.hashemi@bangor.ac.uk
Email Application Yes
Phone +44 (0)1248383504
Fax +44 (0) 1248716729
Address CAMS, School of Ocean Sciences, Menai Bridge, Bangor, UK.
LL59 5AB


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