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Building resilience to coincident natural hazards

This PhD will explore the complex interdependent relationships between natural hazards, such as flood, drought and heatwaves, as well as with their respective causes, and quantify the likelihood and impact of more than one high-impact event occurring coincidentally with another.

Number of places

1

Opens

17 October 2017

Duration

3-years

Eligibility

A first class BEng/BSc Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject (e.g. Civil / Environmental Engineering or Physical Sciences)



Project Details

The project will then assess the impacts of such event on the natural and build environments and/or on human health and wellbeing, how such information can be integrated into hazard modelling, natural hazard risk assessments and forecast/warning systems to improve our ability to prepare for, and build resilience to, such events both now and in the future.

While natural hazards can be caused by a single variable being in an extreme state, such as extreme rainfall leading to a flash flood, such events are more typically the result of a complex interaction between several variables, either occurring in sequence or concurrently. The severity of the highest impact weather-related hazards, such as drought, flood and storm, depends on how, when and where they combine and interact as well as the complex interdependent relationships between these hazards and the conditions that cause and influence them. This combination of hazards is referred to as compound, or ‘coincident’, events.

 

Using a mix of statistical and quantitative methods, this project will explore these complex interdependent relationships, both between various natural hazards as well as with their causes, and quantify the likelihood of more than one high-impact event occurring coincidentally with another.

 

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How to apply

Please contact Chris White for further information on how to apply for this position.