Director of Studies: Professor Gerd Masselink
Applications are invited for a three-year PhD studentship. The studentship will start on 1 January 2020.
Increased spatial and temporal resolution of satellite imagery has made remote sensing an extremely powerful tool for studying coastal change and dynamics, potentially linked to climate change impacts. The method has been used in a variety of coastal environments, such as beaches, dunes, deltas, arctic coastlines and mangroves, to study the impacts of a range of processes, including storms, tsunami, sea-level rise and human interference.
3-year PhD project will use satellite imagery to study coastal dynamics, and
explain these dynamics in terms of internal and external forcing conditions.
The coastal environment under investigation and the specific forcing
process(es) to be studied are as yet undetermined, but will be decided during
the first phase of the research. It is the objective of the PhD to investigate
coastal dynamics on at least a pan-European scale, opening up the opportunity
to link the observed changes to north Atlantic met-ocean forcing processes.
Ground-truthing is likely to be required, necessitating conducting
complimentary fieldwork. For example, storm-response surveys of topographic
change and associated hydrodynamic forcing may be conducted using a suite of
sensors from our instrument roster. Collaboration with other partners may also
be required (e.g., MetOffice, Plymouth Marine Laboratory).
We are seeking a PhD candidate with a background in marine science, physical geography, geology, coastal engineering or applied maths/physics, and with strong numeracy, communication and inter-personal skills, and a strong affinity for the marine environment. Experience in analysing satellite imagery and familiarity with relevant advanced software would be highly desirable (Matlab, Python, ARC-GIS, QGIS, ERDAS).