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PhD opportunity: Assessing the potential to create nature-based upstream storage features to manage flood risk

15.11.2016 - James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, Scotland

The overall aim of this project is to develop a modelling and management framework using hydraulic and hydrological modelling approaches to eventually i) understand how much storage is needed in a large scale catchment (>50km2) to mitigate to a certain flood protection standard, and ii) assess which combination of approaches and size/number of storage pond(s) are needed appropriately for the catchment scale.

The specific objectives to this are to: a) Collate and analyse data from two case study catchments, b) implement linked modelling methods (Hydraulic and Hydrological) that incorporate these data c) develop a range of scenarios that compare and contrast flood risk management strategies indicating what degree of storage is needed and how this compares to traditional and other NFM methods, d) develop a conceptual management framework that assesses the advantages and difficulties of implementing the identified approaches. This will eventually lead to a decision support framework for the potential of implementing NFM approaches at larger scales.

The study will focus on two large scale catchments in England (the River Eden/Lake District) and Scotland (the Tweed Catchment) which have at least two densely instrumented sub-catchments (>50km2). These catchments cover a range of land uses, soil types, climatic conditions and topographies.

Application deadline is 6st January 2017.

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