About this project
The UK is committed to the use of offshore wind to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The EPSRC-NERC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment will enable delivery of this target by developing environmental engineering solutions to key offshore wind sector challenges; thereby supporting a sustainable energy supply. In partnership with Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE-Catapult), a 4-year taught and research industry-sponsored Aura CDT PhD is offered. The PhD directly addresses sector needs to develop remote sensing methods for the marine environment to accelerate development of offshore aquaculture and offshore wind energy.
Offshore aquaculture can deliver a source of sustainable seafood and biomolecules without the environmentally-damaging effects of traditional fishing. Together with offshore wind energy, aquaculture is the most promising ‘blue growth’ area for rapid development in the coming decade. But understanding the requirements and limitations of aquaculture will require the training of the next generation of multidisciplinary ocean scientists. Wave, wind and tidal conditions constrain the physical integrity of offshore structures, whilst biological factors such as nutrient supply and temperature tolerance constrain growth rates and harvestable yields. Economics and social acceptability will ultimately be decisive in the establishment of commercial-scale offshore aquaculture.
This PhD will explore the following research questions:
- The suitability of offshore versus inshore sites for commercial scale bivalve (oysters, mussels) and macroalgae farming
- The effects of colonised offshore wind farm infrastuctures and aquaculture sites of different scales on the marine environment in relation to the degree of physical mixing (wave and current)
- Economic evaluation of the potential for co-located aquaculture-with-offshore wind at selected sites.
Data will be generated from fieldwork, satellite remote sensing and modelling during the study.
The post is available from September 2021 as a full-time position. You will join Cohort 3 of the Aura CDT in Hull, in the heart of the UK’s Energy Estuary – the global centre for research, innovation and development for the sector. Initially, you will study for a Postgraduate Diploma in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment, followed by a 3-year PhD in Hull, supported by ORE-Catapult.
Find out more through our webinar
Click here to watch a recording of our recent free webinar about funded postgraduate research at the Aura CDT. You'll hear from programme leaders, supervisors, and students and listen to queries from other applicants in the Q&A.
For more information visit auracdt.hull.ac.uk
To apply for this Aura CDT / ORE Catapult PhD Scholarship, please complete the online form accessed from the links below (please ensure you choose the appropriate link for full-time or part-time study):
Apply here for a full-time place on the Remote Sensing of the Marine Environment scholarship
Apply here for a part-time place on the Remote Sensing of the Marine Environment scholarship
For further advice on making an application, please see the Aura CDT website.