Aurora member, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, announced a PhD position where the candidate will work on research leading to a PhD thesis related to modelling solutions to coastal and river flood risk at the global scale.
The position entails developing new modules for the GLOFRIS comprehensive flood risk assessment framework, which was developed by VU Amsterdam and partners. Past studies using GLOFRIS show that flood risk will continue to increase in the future as a result of climate change, subsidence, and exposure. Adaptation strategies are urgently required to bend this trend and reduce risk. In this project, we will extend GLOFRIS to be able to assess the costs and benefits of various flood risk solutions under future scenarios of climate change and socio-economic development, especially nature-based solutions. The results will be used to inform decision making related to the Sustainable Development Goals and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
The three main following steps are envisaged: simulating current and future flood risk (river and coastal) under scenarios of climate change, subsidence, and socioeconomic development, without adaptation; developing methods to include flood risk adaptation strategies, including effectiveness and costs, in the GLOFRIS model; Simulating future flood risk assuming a mixture of adaptation strategies, and calculating the benefits and costs of these strategies.
The work will be carried out at IVM, with joint supervision arrangements with PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. The candidate will work in close collaboration with Deltares.
Applications are open till 8th of October 2019.