Wetlands on the edge: Assessing the impacts of sea-level rise and sea water intrusion on the hydrologic function of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands
External reference persons Melissa Latella (DIATI); Annalisa Molini (Tulane University, New Orleans)
Research Groups Envirofluidgroup; Idrologia@polito
Thesis type MODELING AND DATA ANALYSIS
Description The interactions between plants and the water table are a key component of the hydrology of coastal wetlands, and salinity has a major role in regulating these interactions.
As sea level rises, coastal salinization is expected to have substantial impacts on the plant communities of coastal Louisiana, with cascading effects on the hydrologic function, productivity, and overall resilience of these ecosystems. The main goal of this thesis project is to assess the historical impacts of coastal salinization and submersion on Louisiana's coastal wetlands through a data-driven approach. This will include analyzing and interpreting observations from the US Geological Service (USGS) and Louisiana's Coastwide Reference Monitoring System.
The selected student should be familiar with basic probabilistic and statistical methods, undergraduate-level hydrology, and hydraulics. Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills, and the ability to use independent judgment are required.
Required skills Hydrology, Hydraulics
Deadline 27/06/2023 PROPONI LA TUA CANDIDATURA