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Understanding current and future impacts of public water supply on macronutrient cycles around the world

Understanding current and future impacts of public water supply on macronutrient cycles around the world

Globally, huge investment is made in infrastructure to obtain, process and distribute clean water to human society. These public water supply (PWS) processes also alter the movement of a wide range of chemical elements within the Earth system. However, very little research has attempted to quantify these impacts. This PhD will address this gap, working […]

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Landslide early warning: developing novel geophysical monitoring approaches to see inside unstable slopes

Landslide early warning: developing novel geophysical monitoring approaches to ‘see inside’ unstable slopes

Slope instability is responsible for considerable social and economic harm. In the UK, impacts are principally economic, through damage and disruption to critical infrastructure (e.g. railways, flood defences, reservoir dams etc.), costing >£100 million annually. Further afield, in areas with high rainfall and mountainous conditions (e.g. South East Asia) impacts are considerably greater, including enormous […]

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Environmental change, monsoon variability and human impact in Southeast Asia

Environmental change, monsoon variability and human impact in Southeast Asia

We seek an excellent student to investigate environmental change, monsoon variability, and human impact in a Southeast Asian tropical lake. Southeast Asia is a critical zone for the global hydrological cycle. The region is influenced by the Asian monsoon system, which controls water availability across this densely populated region. In Peninsular Malaysia, flooding often occurs […]

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Development of robust inhalation simulation procedures for measuring exposure to potentially harmful elements from soil particulates

Human exposure to soil-dust can be climate driven in that airborne particulates can be transported (and deposited great distances from the point of origin) through the atmosphere by weather and climatic patterns. The impact of air quality and particulate matter on human health is well recognized. Particle loading plays a significant role in the detrimental […]

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The environmental trade-offs of mining in a biodiversity hotspot

Historically nations have traded-off environmental degradation to achieve economic development. However, a turning point is sometimes observed above a certain level of wealth where countries invest in pro-environmental efforts. This inverted U-shape relationship between environmental degradation and a country’s GDP is the environmental Kuznets curve (EKC). If the Sustainable Development Goals are to be achieved […]

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Isotopic characterisation of methane and ethane within groundwater aquifers: assessing sources, flow pathways and the impact of shale gas exploration in the Vale of Pickering, UK.

Hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) is highly controversial with public concerns over environmental impacts, not least the risks to groundwater. Key among the concerns are the risks of stray gases from the deep subsurface entering aquifers via well casings or faults. With shale-gas exploration expected imminently at sites within northern England, it is of critical importance to […]

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Geochemical controls on the dermal absorption of organic soil contaminants

This CASE PhD studentship is a unique opportunity to make significant advances in the field of organic geochemistry and risk-based land management of post-industrial brownfield land. You will develop in vitro laboratory methods to measure the dermal absorption of organic soil contaminants associated with former industrial sites. You will investigate some of the key controls […]

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Machine learning models of organic soil contaminant bioavailability for the sustainable redevelopment of post-industrial brownfields

Machine learning models of organic soil contaminant bioavailability for the sustainable redevelopment of post-industrial brownfields

This CASE PhD studentship will use a combination of organic geochemistry and data-driven modelling to elucidate the factors responsible for the skin absorption of hazardous organic chemicals in contaminated soils. With increasing pressure to build on brownfield sites there is an urgent need to fully understand the factors responsible for the release of organic contaminants […]

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Reconstructing 2000 years of hydrological change in Africa – implications for future climate scenarios

Reconstructing 2000 years of hydrological change in Africa – implications for future climate scenarios

Lake systems in Africa provide drinking water to some of Earth’s fastest growing and most vulnerable human populations. In response to climatic and anthropogenic pressure, such as land-use changes, lakes are under threat from changes in water balance and water quality. There is an urgent need for regional climate information from tropical regions to allow the downscaling of climate […]

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Quantification of the dermal absorption of organic soil contaminants present for human health risk assessment of post-industrial brownfield land

Quantification of the dermal absorption of organic soil contaminants present for human health risk assessment of post-industrial brownfield land

This CASE PhD studentship is a unique opportunity to make significant advances in the field of organic geochemistry and risk-based land management of post-industrial brownfield land. Your research will supervised by a team of globally acknowledged thought leaders from the University of Nottingham (Prof. Paul Nathanail), British Geological Survey (Dr. Christopher Vane) and WSP (Prof. […]

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