Project Title: The effect of east coast low climate systems (and the impact of climate change) on the reliability of water supply systems
We are currently recruiting up to 6 PhD students and 1 post-doc for a new research project by University of Newcastle researchers (supported by the NSW government) that will examine the influence of intense climate events, known as east coast lows, on the future water security of Australia's densely populated eastern seaboard. The project by researchers from the University's School of Engineering and School of Environmental and Life Sciences will provide a greater understanding of the impact of climate change on extreme low pressure systems and the implications for NSW's water storages. The research is part of a wider research program called the Eastern Seaboard Climate Change Initiative, which aims to understand the climate of the eastern seaboard and highlight the implications of climate change and adaptation potential. This program involves the state’s top university researchers, the Bureau of Meteorology, Hunter Water, the Sydney Catchment Authority and the NSW Government's Office of Environment and Heritage, Office of Water and Department of Financial Services. The projects would suit students with backgrounds in hydrology, climatology, water resources engineering, environmental/civil engineering, environmental science or similar areas.
Further details can be found at http://www.c2im.org.au/opportunities/currentphd/index.html, or by contacting Anthony Kiem (firstname.lastname@example.org). The closing date for scholarship applications for non-Australian citizens is 31 August 2012 for the academic year starting in January 2013.