U.K. nationals: Academic internship: Historic groundwater drought analysis - applying lessons from chalk aquifers

Environment Agency
Bristol, United Kingdom
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Job description  

A considerable body of research has been undertaken by the Environment Agency and the British Geological Society (BGS) into the categorisation of droughts in groundwater, using indices developed for groundwater level data, particularly in the chalk aquifers.

The intern will work with Research experts and Environment Agency business customers to gain an understanding of the tools and approaches developed in order to develop a deeper understanding of how historic groundwater drought impacts vary spatially and through time within the UK.

The student will be able to decide the focus and depth of this work from the following issues:

• Explore how droughts progress from meteorological to groundwater resource impacts using historic rainfall and groundwater level data from across the country
• Look in detail at how groundwater drought characteristics have changed through time focusing on a subset of locations within aquifers of strategic resource importance (extending work to less well explored aquifers such as sandstone or limestone
• Examine the link between severity of groundwater droughts and socio-economic impacts

The output will set out a synthesis of the science in these areas, and an outline scope for further research.

The team  

The Air, Land and Water research team are a small group of experienced research scientists within the Environment Agency with expertise in a wide range of technical areas. Based at various locations around England we operate flexibly and deliver work that is readily accessible to our operational colleagues. We look at new issues and translate external research findings into use for the Environment Agency. Most team members have higher degrees and several years’ experience.

Experience/skills required  

Applicants will have a hydrological background preferably with some knowledge of hydrologeology and water resources management. They will need sound statistical and data processing experience and good communication and writing skills.

Contact and additional information   Interviews will take place in Bristol w/c 17th June.

Please contact Natalie Phillips, Senior Specialist, Research, Analysis and Evaluation, for further information: