|From||Roger Brugge <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|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.
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