Contact A.Prof Ian Goodwin Ian.Goodwin@mq.edu.au
Onshore/Offshore sand supply on the NSW coast is a major uncertainty in projecting future coastal response to sea-level rise. Offshore transport of sand is generally expected as beaches respond to sea level rise however ongoing sand supply from the shoreface as part of a geological scale process has the potential to offset some of the potential impacts of sea-level rise, such as coastline recession. However, little is known about the exchange of sand between the shelf and the shoreface , and the respective role of directional wave power , the East Australian Current , and wind-driven upwelling and downwelling currents.
The postgraduate student will investigate these processes using Regional Ocean Modelling (ROMS), wave and sediment transport modelling. The specific aims are: (i) To investigate and model the wave climates responsible for deepwater (20-40m water depth) entrainment and shoreward transport of sand. (This aim is of relevance because it forms the basis for understanding how future wave climate change may impact shoreward sand transport). (ii) To investigate the impact of current and wind-driven upwelling and downwelling events on sand transport.
The 2015 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,849 pa (2015 rate) tax exempt for 3 years.
Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria for more information about this.
To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants would be expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship Requirements for more information about these guidelines.
Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to: http://www.hdr.mq.edu.au/information_about/applications
for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer. Please quote the allocation number on your application.