PhD position: Modelling hydrodynamics and sediment dynamics in estuarine delta systems, with appl...
This position is part of a joint research project, which involves two PhDâ€™s (at Utrecht University and at East China Normal University, Shanghai) and one postdoc (University of Liverpool). The specific objectives of the project are to:
- determine tidal amplification, spatial distribution of flow and suspended sediment in the Yangtze estuary, both under natural processes and in response to human interventions;
- quantify turbulent mixing and sediment fluxes and to establish the thresholds for a potential regime shift of the delta system towards hyperturbidity;
- understand the physical mechanisms that determine both the natural behaviour and the response of hydrodynamics and sediment dynamics in the estuarine channels to different types of human activities;
- propose methods to reduce deposition of sediment in navigation channels and to manage the flood defence and fresh water supply of the Yangtze estuary.
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The task of the PhD at Utrecht University concerns objective 3. For this, both analytical models (which in part need to be developed) and a numerical model will be used. Results will be compared with field data that are available or will be collected as part of the joint project.
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