Novel technology for monitoring, understanding and modelling processes of seabed scour

Research proposals

  • Research area

    Environmental interactions, Seabed dynamics and benthic habitat

  • Institution

    Durham University

  • Research project

    Novel technology for monitoring, understanding and modelling processes of seabed scour

  • Lead supervisor

    Professor Peter Talling (Professor – Department of Geography, Durham University)

  • Supervisory Team

    Dr Robert M Dorrell (Research Fellow – Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Hull)
    Professor Dan Parsons (Director – Energy and Environment Institute, University of Hull)
    Dr Matthieu Cartigny (Research Fellow in Geography, Durham University)
    Professor Richard J Hardy (Geography, Durham University)
    Dr Steve Simmons (Research Associate in Geography & Geology, University of Hull)
    Dr Miguel Morales Maqueda (Senior Lecturer in Oceanography, Newcastle University)
    Dr Michael Clare (National Oceanography Centre)

Project Description:

This PhD will aim to monitor, and thus better understand and model, processes of seabed scour. It will first seek to develop new systems for time lapse bathymetric monitoring of scours and other features, such as using single-beam echo sounders on wave gliders, or time-lapse multibeam bathymetric surveys from surface vessels. This includes recently collected time lapse survey data from Canada and Monterey Canyon, offshore California. Second, the PhD will develop novel numerical models for predicting processes of seabed scour, both via grain-by grain detachment, and by deeper-seated liquefaction or wholesale failure of the seafloor. These models will be used to understand the main controls on seabed scour, including in the vicinity of offshore wind energy infrastructure.

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