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[Met-jobs] Bristol/Met Office PhD Studentship - Land surface and flood inundation modelling

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Date Mon, 6 Jan 2014 14:45:38 +0000

**Closing the gap between land surface and flood inundation modelling** 
Project Description: - Flooding impacts more people in the UK and globally than any other hazard, meaning that the capability to simulate and forecast floodplain inundation in a consistent manner anywhere on the Earth’s surface is highly desirable. However, there is a capability gap between land surface schemes, which predict runoff when coupled with operational atmospheric models, and hydraulic models able to simulate flood inundation and propagation over the land surface. Specifically, although most land surface models have a river routing scheme, these do not include sufficient process representation to simulate dynamic flood inundation, the attenuation of flood waves caused by floodplains along river networks or surface water hydraulics. This PhD will develop and evaluate a method to close this gap and for the first time simulate flooding over the whole UK using a land surface scheme that includes the physical processes necessary to simulate inundation in two spatial dimensions. The outcome of this research would be an inundation model capable of national scale near real-time simulation of surface water flooding, which could be used by the National Flood Forecasting Centre. For further details please see the attached document.
The studentship would be based at the University of Bristol funded by GW4+ DTP, plus a NERC Industrial CASE Award (with Met Office)
The closing date for the studentship is Friday 10th January 2014 and further information is available about how to apply and eligibility on the GW4+ Doctoral Training Partnership website:
Dr Heather Ashton  Land Surface Processes Scientist
Met Office FitzRoy Road  Exeter  Devon  EX1 3PB  United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1392 886493  Fax: +44 (0)1392 885681

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