Channel-floodplain interactions during flood events: energy and momentum exchange


Funded PhD


3 years (full-time)

Application deadline:

Wednesday 23 January 2019

About this project

When rivers flood, the velocity of the water in the main channel is normally significantly faster than that on the floodplains where water spills overbank, and therefore a strong shear layer develops where in-channel and out-of-bank flows interact.

Our knowledge and understanding of flow interactions between channels and floodplains is weak, with limited field data and simplified numerical models.

This studentship will deploy novel acoustic and optical instruments to obtain turbulent flow measurements at the channel-floodplain interface for different relative depths, different vegetation types (e.g., grasses, shrubs, woody seedlings) and for spatially heterogeneous roughness ranging from individual elements (individual plants) through to tufts and patches of variable floodplain roughness (heterogeneous vegetation).

Working with industrial partners, these measurements will be used to develop and validate theoretical and full three-dimensional CFD models of turbulent flow dynamics at the channel-floodplain interface, improving predictions of channel-floodplain interactions due flood events and high water levels.

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Full-time UK/EU and International PhD Scholarships will include tuition fees and maintenance (£14,777 in 2018/19) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a 1st class undergraduate degree in physical geography, earth sciences, engineering or related disciplines, or Masters level research qualification in a relevant discipline together with an interest in numerical modelling and environmental flows. A 2:1 may be considered, if combined with relevant experience.

Interviews will be held between 7 and 27 February 2019.

Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 15 March 2019 at the latest.

Studentships will start on 16th September 2019.