PhD Position Climate Resilience in Delta Areas Supported by Responsible Data Infrastructures

University of Groningen, Netherlands
Starting date: Summer 2020
Closing date: 30.01.2020

Summary:

The goal of this PhD project is to investigate the resilience of northern European deltaic regions to global environmental changes. Research will focus on soil stability (subsidence), biodiversity and water availability in a changing climate. Methods to acquire insights include data-driven techniques and hands-on field work in the region. The PhD will work in an interdisciplinary environment and in collaboration with the Water Governance Agency the Wetterskip Fryslan. For more information and to apply, go here.

Your Qualifications:

  • master's degree in a relevant academic field (Statistics, Environmental Sciences, Soil Sciences, Earth Sciences)
  • Basic to strong programming skills and interest in developing them further (R or Python, GIS, SQL is a bonus).
  • Experience or interest in environmental statistics
  • very good command of spoken and written English; Dutch proficiency is an asset

Detailed description:

Campus Fryslân offers a four-year PhD position to complete a PhD in Knowledge Infrastructures for Climate Adaptation aimed at Climate Resilience in Delta Areas Supported by Responsible Data Infrastructures. The PhD candidate will be supervised by Dr Tessa van der Voort and Dr Anne Beaulieu. The PhD candidate will be enrolled in the Graduate School of Campus Fryslân (GSCF) and depending on profile, in the graduate school WTMC. PhD candidates can benefit from affiliations at research institutes of the University of Groningen, such as the Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence or ESRIG - Energy and Sustainability Research Institute Groningen, among others, as appropriate to the PhD Project.

In the framework of unprecedented global environmental change, it is key to map and increase environmental resilience. In this project, we aim to acquire insights into ongoing environmental changes in delta areas and build sustainable knowledge infrastructures that can elucidate ongoing changes.

The goal of this project it to investigate resilience of northern European delta areas to global environmental change by focusing on three key factors. Firstly, by mapping the current state and ongoing change in soils and soil fertility. A specific focus will be on soil subsidence and carbon oxidation. Secondly by connecting this to biodiversity and ecology, and thirdly by connecting this to water availability in a changing climate. Methods to acquire this include more data-driven techniques and hands-on field work in the region.

Delta areas are at the frontier of global change due to their geographical setting whilst they tend to be most heavily populated areas across the globe. In this project, we focus on delta areas in Northern Europe, with the aim to translate and transport findings and our robust research approach to other areas across the globe.

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