|From||Roger Brugge <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date||Wed, 27 Jul 2016 21:01:01 +0000|
Forwarded from CLIMLIST... Postdoctoral Scholar opportunity. California Drought and Central Valley Water Use. Host: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA Deadline: Available immediately, applications will be received until filled. To apply or for more information: Julie Kalansky (<email@example.com>, 858-822-2147) California experiences high variability in climate on short (e.g. weeks to a few seasons) and longer (years to decades) time scales that has great influence on its surface and ground water resources. In the last two decades, California has experienced rather frequent dry conditions, and from 2012-2015 it suffered one of the driest four year spells in its instrumental history. Partly as a result of the impact of this drought, the state of California has passed historic legislation, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), which aims at managing groundwater for the first time in California. The drought along with the recent legislation has accentuated the need for more timely data on the state’s water use. A large portion of the state’s water use is focused in the Central Valley. Claudia Faunt and colleagues from the USGS/California Water Science Center, developed the Central Valley Hydrological Model (CVHM). CVHM is an extensive, detailed three-dimensional (3D) numerical model of the integrated hydrologic system of the Central Valley (<http://ca.water.usgs.gov/projects/central-valley/central-valley-hydrologic-model.html>). The CVHM simultaneously accounts for changing water supply and demand across the landscape, and simulates surface water and groundwater flow across the entire Central Valley. Because pumping is generally not metered, CVHM calculates groundwater pumping as the remaining irrigation demand estimate after surface-water deliveries are taken into account. These surface-water deliveries are central to calculating pumping in CVHM, however, it often takes years to compile this delivery data. This time lag makes it difficult to make look at management options in a timely manner. The objective of this study will be to develop more real-time monthly estimates of groundwater pumping. This study will build on the CVHM and will be a collaborative effort between the USGS and CNAP (cnap.ucsd.edu). In addition to working with the CVHM, the post-doc will contribute to ongoing research to understand how climate variability and climate change affect snowpack, runoff, soil moisture and other water resource measures over the California region. The postdoc will work with the CNAP team and USGS colleagues to obtain and develop data that will be used to model and evaluate ground water and surface water modeling in the Central Valley and greater California region. The postdoc will apply knowledge relating to the regional climate and its variability, the use and access of observations, the status of monitoring, and hydrologic modeling of the ground water and surface water systems. The postdoc will also organize data sets, and determine statistical and/or categorizations necessary to update the CVHM. The candidate must have a familiarity with climate variability and the physical landscape and the conjunctive use of surface and groundwater. The successful candidate will work closely with scientists working in the region on both climatic and conjunctive water-use issues. The position is partially supported by the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS). Strong organizational and computational skills are required, as well as the ability to run numerical simulations. In addition, the candidate must have strong communications skills, including writing scientific journal articles, reports, briefs for the public and legislators as well as ability to communicate with a range of people from experts in the field to people with little hydrological knowledge. Candidates must have a completed doctoral degree in the field of climate, hydrology or related physical science and have 0-2 years of postdoc experience. Further information can be obtained from Dr. Julie Kalansky (<firstname.lastname@example.org>, 858-822-2147). Applications must include a cover letter, c.v., and three references. Please direct these to Dr. Kalansky via email.
Go to: Periods · List Information · Index by: Date (or Reverse Date), Thread, Subject or Author.