About the Project
Start date: October 1st 2021
Interview date: Week beginning February 15th 2021
Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College.
The Earth’s climate is changing, altering the seasonal regime of water flow in rivers and the frequency and magnitude of extreme events. As rivers flow, they transport sediment from the hillslopes to the coast but the processes, interactions and feedbacks that drive this pattern are complex, with specific locations experiencing heightened levels of erosion or aggradation. Such behaviour may have been potentially induced or exacerbated by human activity that alters or limits the balance of natural geomorphic-processes at work within the river systems, leading to difficulties in predicting and managing flood risk from catchment to reach scales.
This PhD project will work with the Environment Agency to identify the underlying factors (e.g., catchment morphology, channel confinement, past and present land use) that promote geomorphic-induced changes in flood risk. The project will validate existing geospatial-data of locations where expected erosion and aggradation is occurring in UK rivers. ‘Hotspots’ will be identified, and the typology of these locations examined using a GIS-based meta-analysis. This will lead to a step-change in the understanding of the drivers of catchment wide sediment processes, and the potential impacts of climate change in delicately balanced environments. The opportunity to work directly with the Environment Agency will ensure that the results feed into contemporary river management, identifying and mitigating the risk of current and future geohazards.
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Applicants will normally need to hold, or expect to gain, at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in Geography, Earth Science, Environmental Science, or an appropriate Master’s degree.
- Complete a CENTA studentship application form in Word format (available from https://centa.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply/ or here).
- All applications should be made online at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/. Under programme name, select “Geography and Environment”. During the online application process, upload the CENTA studentship application form as a supporting document.
Please quote CENTA21-LU2 when completing your online application.