|UK Students, EU Students, International Students
|Competition Funded Project (Home and International)
|23rd October 2023
|10th January 2024
This PhD assesses the interplay between coastal erosion, coastal management strategies and sea-level rise over the long-term (to 2300) using ensemble simulations within an integrated assessment systemic approach. The research focusses on understanding the potential evolutionary trajectories of the North Norfolk coast from Blakeney to Winterton Ness and their implications for coastal management. This is an exemplar site of this problem nationally and globally. The research builds upon the Tyndall Coastal Simulator which analysed evolving coastal hazards along the North Norfolk coastline to 2100. The Simulator linked a range of simulation tools, datasets and scenarios to examine future trajectories of coastal evolution. These results also informed the current coastal strategy for the North Norfolk coast. Subsequently, there have been notable developments in sea-level rise projections (extending to 2300 and capturing uncertainty), computing power and visualisation tools3. There is also policy interest in coastal adaptation pathways, especially coastal adaptation transitions, and recognition of the long timescale of the problem as sea level will continue to rise well beyond 2100.
The existing Tyndall Coastal Simulator integrated approach will be updated and extended to 2300, including the following components:
Training will comprise
A degree/international equivalent in a subject focussed on the built environment or natural processes (e.g. Civil engineering, environmental science, etc.)
Desirable skills/experience include:
This project has been shortlisted for funding by the ARIES NERC DTP.
Successful candidates who meet UKRI’s eligibility criteria will be awarded a NERC studentship, which covers fees, stipend (£18,622 p.a. for 2023/24) and research funding. International applicants are eligible for fully-funded ARIES studentships including fees. Please note however that ARIES funding does not cover additional costs associated with relocation to, and living in, the UK.
Excellent applicants from quantitative disciplines with limited experience in environmental sciences may be considered for an additional 3-month stipend to take advanced-level courses.
ARIES is committed to equality, diversity, widening participation and inclusion in all areas of its operation. We encourage enquiries and applications from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation and transgender status. Academic qualifications are considered alongside significant relevant non-academic experience.
For further information, please visit www.aries-dtp.ac.uk
Primary supervisor: Professor Robert Nicholls
Start date: October 2024
For more information on this project, please visit https://www.uea.ac.uk/search/courses/
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