‘Water resources in the Mid Hills region of Nepal’ Research Scholarship at University of Southampton, 2012

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Scholarships Provided By: Department of Geography, University of Southampton, UK

Scholarships Subject Areas: geography, forestry, agriculture, environment, social sciences and related subjects

Scholarship Target Countries: Nepal (priority), all countries

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Environmental resources in the Mid Hills of Nepal is supporting a large percentage of Nepalese population, among which the majority surviving at subsistence level. However, due to the terrain in this region the communities are often isolated from development opportunities and climate change is further marginalising populations. Inadequate water resources are a major issue due to changes in spatiotemporal continuity of precipitation and river flows. This project will focus on investigating water resources in the Mid Hills of Nepal through spatiotemporal analysis of precipitation time-series data and developing a detailed hydrological model to replicate rainfall-runoff processes. Remote sensing analysis will be undertaken to produce a detailed land cover classification for environmental model parameterisation. Climate change projections will be considered to model future water resources. One scenario which will be further investigated is the concept of reducing environmental degradation through the potential to adopt agroforesty. This would concurrently aid alleviation of food security issues (e.g. increase crop production and diversity; reduce likely loss from crop disease) and help mitigate potential impacts of water-related environmental hazards such as flashing flooding and landslides. The impact of potential reforestation will be modelled using land cover change scenarios using the developed hydrological model.

The proposed project is within the Global Environmental Change and Earth Observation (GECEO) research group.

The studentship will fund £13,590 per annum, with an RTSG of £750. The studentship is open to EU nationals BUT international students can apply to the topic but they must be able to meet the difference between home/EU and International tuition fees themselves.

Deadline is 1 March 2012.

Contact:

Professor Peter Atkinson
Geography and Environment
University of Southampton
Highfield
Southampton SO17 1BJ
Tel: +44 (0) 2380 594617
Email: pma [at] soton.ac.uk

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