PhD Studentship: Mapping historical hydrological changes in the lake Poopo catchment, Bolivia, with remote sensing
University of Surrey
|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students|
|Placed on:||5th September 2016|
|Closes:||31st October 2016|
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Supervisor names: Dr. B. Marti-Cardona
Dr. S. Ouki
Funding status: Directly Funded Project (European/UK Students only)
Deadline: Monday 31st October 2016
Project title: Mapping historical hydrological changes in the lake Poopo catchment, Bolivia, with remote sensing
Lake Poopo, Bolivia´s second largest lake, was officially declared dry in December 2015. The lake disappearance had devastating effects for the autochthonous fauna and for the local communities, which have lived on fisheries and livestock for millenniums.
The causes of the lake disappearance are varied: the Andean glaciers melting, the droughts induced by the current El Niño event, diversion of water for mining and agriculture, etc. A multidisciplinary expert team, including researchers from the University of Surrey (U.K.) and the Universidad Técnica de Oruro (Bolivia), is currently analysing the drying process, and quantifying the effect of the different factors.
Within the frame of a collaborative project with Bolivian entities, the PhD research will focus on the use of satellite imagery for the reconstruction of the lake Poopo catchment conditions throughout the last three decades. The evolution of the water extent, natural and agriculture vegetation and soil moisture conditions in the catchment will be determined. Evapotranspiration losses will be assessed, and the trends of the retrieved parameters, analysed. In situ data will be available for calibration of current imagery and assessment of algorithms performance.
To apply please send your CV and a covering letter detailing your experience and why you’re right for this role to: email@example.com
For application enquires please contact Dr. Belen Marti-Cardona firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about our Department please see: http://www.surrey.ac.uk/cee/
Funding is available for UK / EU nationals only and covers full tuition fees (home rate) and a stipend at the rate specified by the Research Council (rate for 2016-2017 is £14,057 p.a. tax-free). The award will be for a period of 3 years from a mutually agreed starting date (one of: 1st January, 1st April, 1st July).
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