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[Met-jobs] MS Opportunity at UNBC, Prince George, Canada

From Roger Brugge <r.brugge@reading.ac.uk>
To "met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk" <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
Date Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:31:10 +0000


M.Sc. Opportunity in Northern Hydrometeorology

The recent Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB) infestation is one of the largest 
ecological
disturbances ever recorded in Canada. With its extensive impact on British 
Columbia’s
forested areas, it is now steadily expanding and claiming large forest areas in
northwestern Alberta and northeastern British Columbia (BC) including the pine 
forests
along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. Evidence clearly indicates 
that the
MPB’s population is on the rise in these regions and is expanding its range. 
There is
therefore an urgent need to focus on understanding the potential impact of the 
MPB
infestation on various watershed processes at a stand and watershed scale to
investigate impacts to regional hydrology, aquatic habitat and flood frequency. 
This
research project will therefore investigate the magnitude and direction of MPB 
induced
changes in regional hydrology of the Peace and Athabasca River basins under a 
warming
climate. The project will utilize the VIC hydrological model in an idealized 
setup to
evaluate changes that are critical to account for hydrological risks in 
managing and
planning both the watershed infrastructure and water availability.

This position is funded for two years and is suitable for a potential M.Sc. 
student having a strong knowledge of cold regions hydrology, excellent 
computational and programming skills and experience in hydrological modelling.

Please see the attachment for full details.

Attachment: MSc_Ad_2017.pdf
Description: MSc_Ad_2017.pdf



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