Website Dalhousie University
Centre for Water Resources Studies
At least one fully-funded graduate student position is available at Dalhousie University’s Centre for Water Resources Studies (http://centreforwaterresourcesstudies.dal.ca/). Dalhousie University is the largest and most productive research enterprise in Atlantic Canada, and the Centre for Water Resources Studies is the region’s leading water resources research group. Dalhousie University is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia (regional municipality population of 410,000), which has a deeply rooted history in the coastal and marine culture and economy of the Canadian Maritimes. Its proximity to marine coastlines and island outdoor research facilities makes this institution an ideal location for pursuing research themes related to coastal hydrology/hydrogeology. The project is quite flexible, and could be expanded or condensed for Master’s or PhD students. Both science and engineering students are encouraged to apply. For more information or to submit your CV’s, please contact Dr. Barret Kurylyk (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications will be considered until January 31, 2019, with the expectation of a May 2019 start date.
Project Description: Coupled Pressure-Temperature Probes and Analytical Techniques to Monitor Sediment Fluxes To/From the Coastal Ocean
The Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia experiences the world’s highest tides, and the tidal oscillations effectively pump water in and out of the coastal sediment through each cycle. This pumping action can result in contaminants being mobilized to the coastal ocean.
Monitoring water and solute fluxes in coastal sediment within mega-tidal settings is challenging given the subsurface nature of flow as well as the rugged environment. One of the ways that vertical sediment fluid fluxes can be inferred is through the vertical propagation of temperature and/or pressure signals. This project will involve the development and application of a novel integrated sediment temperature-pressure probe that records these environmental variables at multiple depths. The integrated sensing system may be controlled by an Arduino or work through ‘Internet of things’ chips to wireless transmit data via cellular networks. Field applications will likely include the Bay of Fundy, Mabou Habour (Cape Breton, Nova Scotia), and Sable Island. The student will also process the data to generate flux time series using Matlab, Python, or equivalent software. The ideal candidate will have a background or a strong interest in electronics/sensor design and experience in the fields of coastal hydrology or environmental heat transfer. The student will be co-advised by Dr. Joe Tamborski. Research results are expected to be disseminated in a top-tier journal and at national and international conferences.
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