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PhD position sediment dynamics and budgets in estuaries and tidal basins

Utrecht University and Deltares are seeking a PhD candidate for WadSED, a large project on the Wadden Sea tidal basins and the Western Scheldt estuary.

Geul en plaat in de Ballumerbocht nabij Ameland. Foto: Rijkswaterstaat

The project WadSED seeks to understand these systems and predict their morphodynamics and long-term morphological development under influence of natural dynamics, human interference and sea-level rise. Morphological change involves fluxes of sediment that, integrated over time and space, are sediment budgets. Channel-shoal patterns arise and change as a result of these dynamics. For better understanding and sustainable management, it is needed to track and trace the sediment.

The main task will be to develop a new, objective method using new technology to recognise patterns. Once the landscape is subdivided into meaningful parts with coherent behavior, detailed sediment budgets of estuaries and tidal basins can be constructed and determine sediment pathways from measurements and ongoing modelling. With this, understanding in systems functioning and effects of biota, extreme events, sea-level rise and human interference will be gained.

Interested? Check out the details of this vacancy and apply at the Utrecht University website.

More information about the WadSED project.