Lune Rivers Trust Ltd

3 Year Enterprise-led Funded PhD: Ref. No. 64

Reducing flood peaks with trees and other nature-based methods across the English catchment with the largest recorded flood discharge

The aim of the project is to deliver scientific evidence of the benefits of trees and other measures of ‘natural flood management’ to flood peak reductions for Lancaster city through a combination of innovative field measurements and a range of modelling techniques.

In December 2015 the flood discharge in the River Lune was the largest ever recorded for an English river resulting in severe flooding in Lancaster city and loss of power for thousands of residents. Floods in this period renewed the nation’s interest in using ‘natural measures’ to help mitigate floods. The necessary wide-scale implementation of these measures is, however, hampered by the lack of credible scientific studies to quantify the magnitude of the hydrological benefits. This PhD project develops techniques in hydrology from plot to catchment scales, and integrates these with the latest modelling techniques to simulate floods, and quantify hydrological change across a range of scales from individual features to large rivers. In developing and applying these methods to the Lune catchment, the candidate will collect and simulate some of the best data on the benefits of ‘natural flood management’ in the UK.  The goal is to translate this science into practice and disseminate findings through the media.

The successful applicant will hold a first class, upper second or masters degree in Geography, Environmental Science, Civil/Environmental Engineering, Soil Science, Forestry or a related discipline.

Enterprise and collaborative partners

The PhD is a collaborative research project between Lancaster University, the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology , the Lune Rivers Trust and the Woodland Trust.

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) is a world-class research organisation focusing on land and freshwater ecosystems and their interaction with the atmosphere.

The Lune Rivers Trust is a charity dedicated to the conservation, protection, rehabilitation and improvement of the River Lune throughout its whole length and its associated tributaries. Their aim is to protect and improve the riverine habitat to encourage the biodiversity of the River Lune and its tributaries.

Why apply?

By joining the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation you will:
• Receive £15,000 tax free per year
• Have your postgraduate tuition fees paid for by your partner business, worth c£4,195/year (fees for Non EU/UK graduates are subsidised from £17,510/year to £13,315/year.) See university website for published rates by year of entry)
• Become part of a cohort of graduates working with an award-winning team on business-led R&D
• Finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas.

The post is subject to confirmation of funding.

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The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

This doctoral research project is one of a cohort of industry-led funded research projects from the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, an international alliance supporting university-business collaboration. The Centre delivers high quality, business-led research to create eco-innovative technologies, products and services.

At the heart of the Centre are people who are researching, developing and innovating to address global challenges, including energy, water, natural capital, resource efficiency, food, and waste, to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits. Launched in 2012 the Centre and has won two national awards for its ground breaking approach to sustainable R&D and knowledge exchange.