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ENV East Doctoral Training Partnership


Applications to the EnvEast Doctoral Training Partnership are now closed.

Below you can browse some of the PhD projects we have previously funded; if you would like to be informed when applications open, or if you have any questions about EnvEast and our application process, please email us.

Projects previously funded by EnvEast


Modelling future flood risk for adaptation planning of coastal and inland flooding: a case study of the Broads (CASE award with the Broads Authority)

Project description

The rise in global mean sea levels due to climate change is expected to have a wide range impacts on coastal environments and infrastructure, including coastal erosion, flooding, salinization, loss of habitats etc. Environmental effects are far reaching and will differ based on geophysical settings. Local evaluation of such consequences will be essential to protect valuable coastlines. The Broads is Britain's largest wetland and one of the most important in Europe for biodiversity and conservation. Highly vulnerable to climate change and sea level rise it is essential there is clear science on which to base vital decisions.

This project aims to:

  1. Analyse flood risks in the Broads;
  2. Investigate implications for salinity changes;
  3. Understand stakeholder responses to scientific information for exploring adaptation options and decision making processes; and
  4. Make recommendations for integrated inland and coastal flood management policies.

Hydraulic and water quality modelling will be used to simulate future flood inundation risks and salinity changes. A case study area will be selected for detailed assessment of the flooding risks and salinity changes of several adaptation options. These results will be communicated to Broads stakeholders. Interviews and other appropriate social science methods will be used to investigate stakeholder perceptions of the validity of the modelling and any changes in their willingness to support different options.


Dr Marisa Goulden, School of International Development, University of East Anglia

Prof Kevin Hiscock, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia

Simon Hooton CEnv MCIEEM, Broads Authority (CASE Supervisor)

  • Start date 1 October 2015