Saltwater intrusion in estuaries is characterized by the flow of a wedge-shaped layer of seawater, a ‘salt wedge’, along the bottom as a result of differences in densities between fresh and salt water. In the face of climate change, saltwater intrusion is an increasing problem for many cities and ecosystems along the coast due to rising sea level and the severity of droughts. A national program has been launched to address several challenges that exist around the modelling, prediction, mitigation, and management of saltwater intrusions. This project addresses the fundamental understanding of the fluid dynamics phenomena related to the mitigation of saltwater intrusions and aims at optimizing such mitigation measures.
In this project, the PhD candidate will investigate how certain fluid dynamics phenomena
(e.g. localized turbulent mixing, breaking of internal waves, counter currents) can reduce the extent of saltwater intrusions. For this research, the PhD candidate will use large-eddy simulations resolving the relevant scales and laboratory experiments incorporating optical measurement techniques. The candidate will use knowledge gained to propose possible novel mitigations measures and improvements to existing ones.
This subproject will be carried out within the Fluids and Flows group at the Department of Applied Physics (https://www.tue.nl/en/research/research-groups/fluids-and-flows/) of Eindhoven University of Technology. The PhD candidate will be supervised by dr. M. Duran Matute and prof. H.J.H. Clercx, in collaboration with dr. R.J. Labeur (TU Delft). This project is part of the SALTISolutions Perspectief Program that encompasses several national and international partners.
Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more?
Please contact dr. M. (Matias) Duran Matute, m.duran.matute[at]tue.nl or
prof.dr. H. (Herman) Clercx, h.j.h.clercx[at]tue.nl.
Information about terms of employment can be found here.
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