Postdoc idea on modelling sustainable landscape use

Soil erosion and sustainable land management in the north of France – potential postdoc position at IFP Energies Nouvelles (IFPEN) in Paris France.

Ingénieur de Recherche, John Armitage is looking for candidates to apply for an 18-month project to model landscape erosion and sediment transport within the Canche watershed in northern France. The idea is to explore how land management practices might limit soil loss and enhance more sustainable land use. This region has seen catastrophic mud floods impact villages and with increased slow-moving storms these floods could get worse. The hope is to develop methods to model soil erosion and compare this to observations of sediment yield from subcatchments of the Canche. For example, in this region there has been recent attempts to install fascines (sediment transport barriers) to limit soil erosion. It would be interesting to develop a model that can help predict how they will impact future land erosion. The project is a collaboration between IFP Energies Nouvelles, MINES ParisTech, and IMT Europe Nord.

At this stage they are looking to develop the idea and am seeking a PhD graduate who would like to further develop the idea and come work in Paris. Funding for the position is dependent on the quality of the idea and candidate, which is decided by the Direction Scientifique at IFPEN.

There is no closing date.

If you are interested, please email Ingénieur de Recherche, John Armitage directly at john-joseph.armitage@ifpen.fr.

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