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On the representation of future landscapes under anthropogenic and climatic pressures

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Français - Anglais

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General information

Reference : UMR6118-LAULON-001
Workplace : RENNES
Date of publication : Thursday, August 01, 2019
Scientific Responsible name : Laurent Longuevergne
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 1 October 2019
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2 135,00 € gross monthly

Description of the thesis topic

The rivers are emblematic elements of our landscapes, at the same time central ribs of the socio-ecosystems and witnesses of the dynamics of the past and current transformations on the scale of the watershed (development of the water resources, protection against the floods, reconquest of the good biological condition in restoration operations). Natural and anthropogenic dynamics are thus intrinsically linked. In addition, they continue to evolve even as future actions must be decided to reach what rivers should be in 50 years from now. The images of the dry Doubs river and the Rhine river (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDuJ9Gp6MbM) during the summer of 2018, have demonstrated the considerable impact of extreme weather events on society and ecosystems, and also highlight the need for an integrated approach where rivers and water resources are inseparable.

The project aims to be an important contribution to the sciences of sustainability, and to reinforce the researcher's role in supporting public policies defining the management of rivers and associated water resources.

Work Context

The PhD thesis will be conducted in the Geosciences Rennes laboratory and at the Rennes Universe Science Observatory, a renowned research federation renowned for its environmental research. You will be part of the DIMENV team. The thesis is part of a much larger project on the anthropogenic and climatic impact on water resources in Brittany.

Constraints and risks

The candidate must hold an engineering degree and / or a master's degree in Earth Sciences.

Although the project is interdisciplinary, the candidate's profile must first and foremost have a solid knowledge on quantitative aspects, especially on water flow modeling. Sensitivity to the social sciences is indispensable. Collaborative working capacities with French and international partners will also be assessed. Thus, good oral and written communication skills are expected (French, English: B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

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