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Job Record #16550
TitleImpact of Soil Hydrophobicity on Flooding and Erosion Hazards
CategoryPhD Studentship
EmployerCoventry University
LocationUnited Kingdom, Coventry
InternationalYes, international applications are welcome
Closure DateThursday, October 01, 2020
Water repellency (hydrophobicity) is widespread in natural and agricultural soils. Hydrophobicity increases surface runoff and reduces soil cohesion, therefore promoting flooding and soil erosion. It also promotes the preferential flow of contaminants and nutrients into the groundwater, bypassing the plant root zone. Hydrophobicity and extreme weather have an intricate, two-way connection: hydrophobicity amplifies the consequences of extreme rainfall via flooding and soil erosion, while also being a consequence of global warming because excessive drying, wildfires, and greywater irrigation (due to shortage of freshwater) induce hydrophobicity. This fully-funded PhD project, aligned with GCRF theme, aims to provide the first proper representation of the underlying physics in watershed models. As such, it will improve our ability to predict and mitigate floods and soil erosion, reducing their impact on communities, agricultural and natural soil and water resources--a subject of increasing attention. This project is highly interdisciplinary, integrating physics and earth sciences with geography. We seek a highly-talented, motivated, and open-minded candidate, with background in one or more of these disciplines. Experience with computer simulations as well as laboratory experiments is highly desirable. Also see
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NameRan Holtzman
Email ApplicationYes
AddressCentre for Fluid and Complex Systems (Maudslay House), Coventry University
Coventry, CV12NL, United Kingdom
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