Climate change and flood mitigation through water sensitive urban design

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To assess the ability of Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) infrastructure in mitigating floods it is essential to model both the flood producing rainfall and the pre-event rainfall. Engineering practice currently either models the storm event itself (e.g. IFDs) for flood assessments or uses long term continuous simulations to assess stormwater quality. But continuous simulation is not computationally tractable to calculate flood impacts so a middle ground of semi-continuous modelling is needed. This PhD will develop methods to specify the required length of pre-event rainfall to enable semi-continuous flood simulation and how this will change with climate change

The ideal candidate for this position will have a background in civil or environmental engineering or climate science. We seek a candidate with strong mathematical and statistical analysis skills and the ability to translate theory into engineering practice. The candidate should have a demonstrated aptitude for programming (for example Python, R and/or Matlab) and an understanding of urban catchment hydrology, urban stormwater management, and GIS software. Candidates with industry experience in flood modelling or the design of WSUD infrastructure will be regarded highly. The candidate should have excellent communication skills and will have the opportunity to interact with industry partners.

Supervisory team
Fiona
Johnson

Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Ana
Deletic

Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Kefeng
Zhang

Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
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