Minimize PhD - Integrating multidisciplinary geoscientific data into forecasting models to monitor and predict coastal change: Proof of concept in Dublin Bay

Date added: 02 May 2018

Organisation: FindAPhD on behalf of Dublin City University

Location: Dublin, Ireland

Application deadline: 01 July 2018

Project description

We are seeking to recruit one PhD student as part of a Science Foundation of Ireland project entitled "Integrating multidisciplinary geoscientific data into forecasting models to monitor and predict coastal change: Proof of concept in Dublin Bay".

The successful student will form part of a multi-institute research cluster (Dublin City University, University of Maynooth, University College Cork and University College Dublin). The PhD position will commence on the 01 July 2018 and will be based at Dublin City University.

Background

Coastal zones are threatened by forces such as climate change and sea-level rise that combine to drive increasingly intense storms, flooding, and erosion. Assessment and prediction of coastal vulnerability can only be achieved by systematic and sustained monitoring of physical, chemical and biological processes that occur in coastal zones. The objective of our project is a coordinated program of coastal observations that will be used to validate, calibrate and extract as much information as possible from satellite environmental data. We will integrate these datasets to generate forecasting models that can be used to predict environmental change and inform future planning. The project is multi-disciplinary and will integrate mathematical modelling, remote and in-situ sensing, physical and chemical oceanography and seabed mapping. Implementation will be accomplished using a suite of open source tools such as satellite data and validated with comprehensive ground-truthing of water and sediment chemical, biological and physical properties.

This PhD will involve "ground-truthing" aspects of the project where the student will drive chemical and physical characterisation surveys of water properties in Dublin Bay and coordinate with collaborators to integrate the data and use it to validate remote sensing techniques.

The person

Candidates must have a minimum of an honours degree in an analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry or relevant chemistry or science-based subject and have on overall grade of 2.1 or higher. Students with experience in analytical or chemical methods and with a real interest in pursuing research are particularly encouraged to apply. The research will involve small boat sampling trips in Dublin Bay so an enthusiasm for water and field work is important.

Learn more about the role and how to apply.


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