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Offer: PhD Studentship: Identifying and Monitoring Sustainable, Climate-Resilient Management Alterna:

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Qualification Type: PhD
Job location: Cranfield
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Fully funded NERC - CENTA PhD Studentship
Hours: Full Time

Published in: 25th November 2021
Closing date: 7th January 2022
Listing reference: SWEE0165


Deadline: 07/JAN/2022
Start date: October 2022
Any Fee Status (Uk/EU & RoW)
Duration *: 3.5 years
managers- 1st manager: Dr Abdou Khouakhi 2nd manager: Dr Nick Girkin
Sponsored by NERC through CENTA DTP, Cranfield University
This is an exciting PhD opportunity combining novel field, analytical and remote sensing techniques to develop an evidence-located strategy for managing fenland peat. The aims of the project are to support the development of sustainable, climate resilient, net zero farming, and to identify alternative management trajectories for the UK lowland peatlands.
It is a fully funded NERC - CENTA PhD Studentship for 3.5 years. CENTA is a consortium of Universities and research institutes that are working together to provide excellence in doctoral research training within the remit of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). prosperous home-fees-eligible candidates will receive an annual stipend, set at £15,609 for 2021/22, paid directly to the student in monthly increments, plus full university fees and a research training support grant (RTSG) of £8,000.
Project Highlights:
   » Development and application of novel remote sensing approaches for measuring and monitoring UK lowland peatlands
   » Identification of how management can improve sustaincapability of UK lowland peatlands
   » Opportunities for training and gaining practice in a combination of novel field, analytical and remote sensing technologies.
The Cambridgeshire Fens are a highly fragmented and broadly drained lowland peatland landscape. They cover 4,000 km2 and include large areas used for crop production and grazing, ditches and rivers, unproductive highly degraded peat, small reserves of deeper peat, and areas under active restoration.
Potential strategies to enhance resilience range from the adoption of more sustainable grazing, crop, soil and water management practices which will reduce the rates of peat erosion, to wetland crop production, and full restoration. While the benefits of peatland restoration are broadly understood, the merits of widespread adoption of more sustainable, regenerative agricultural practices, and the production of wetland crops on peat are less clear. Sustainable agricultural practices include reduced grazing, conservation (zero) tillage which reduces soil mechanical disturbance, winter cover-cropping (for example rye), and raising water tables, but there has been no systematic assessment of their costs/benefits.
Key to prosperous results is the development of cost-effective tools for monitoring continuing peat loss, and adopting a systematic approach to landscape management that can optimise continued agricultural productivity in appropriate areas, while identifying areas appropriate for alternative management trajectories.
Entry requirements
candidates should have at least a 2:1 at UK BSc level or at least a pass at UK MSc level or equivalent in a related discipline.
The project is open to all candidates who meet the academic requirements (at least a 2:1 at UK BSc level or at least a pass at UK MSc level or equivalent). Please note the grant covers fee costs for a Home award. Unless you are eligible for such a Home award, you will need to consider how you will be able to meet any shortfall in funding for tuition fees.
How to apply
For more information Contact Us by:
Name: Dr Abdou Khouakhi
If you are eligible to apply, please complete the online application form.


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Job Location: Cranfield, Bedfordshire England
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