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PhD position University of Utah

Postby courtstrong » Wed Dec 19, 2012 2:17 pm

The University of Utah invites applications for a Ph.D.-level graduate student fellowship focusing on how climate and land use change impact availability and demand for montane water resources. This fellowship opportunity is part of a multi-year, NSF funded study aimed at understanding water resources sustainability in the urbanizing Wasatch Front (see http://www.iutahepscor.org for more information). The successful applicant will use observations and models to improve projections of water quantity and quality under various climate change and urbanization scenarios. Applicants should have experience using existing modeling techniques for driving regional-scale hydrologic processes with large-scale climate projections (e.g., statistical or dynamical downscaling), and the ability to develop and validate new numerical modeling frameworks. Modeling will enable testing of hypotheses about the hydrologic cycle’s sensitivity to snowmelt dynamics, runoff generation, infiltration, evapotranspiration, and deep percolation as a function of elevation, microclimate, and land cover. Although the home department is Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Utah, the incumbent will be expected to work in an interdisciplinary, cross-institutional research team that includes researchers from Brigham Young University, the University of Utah, and Utah State University. Faculty from these institutions are likely committee members and potential co-advisors. Prospective students should contact Dr. Court Strong (court.strong@utah.edu) for more information; please include a current resume and statement of research interests with your inquiry. Application deadline is January 15, 2013.

Court Strong, Assistant Professor
Department of Atmospheric Sciences
University of Utah
http://www.inscc.utah.edu/~strong
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