PhD project - Coupled modeling of groundwater and surface flows for integrated water resources management
Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Earth and atmospheric sciences department
UQAM is a large university located in Montreal, an international City in the Province of Quebec, and the metropolis of eastern Canada. The Earth and atmospheric sciences department has 25 professors teaching and doing research in a wide variety of fields related to Earth Sciences.
The student will be supervised by Pr Marie Larocque, hydrogeologist, civil engineer, holder of the “Water and land conservation research chair” and professor at UQAM. He or she will be co-supervised by Pr Mélanie Trudel, hydrologist and professor in the civil engineering department at Sherbrooke University.
Integrated water management is increasingly used to guide regional development plans. It considers the interactions between groundwater and surface water, as well as all the uses of water and all the pressures exerted on water resources. To reach its full potential, integrated water management requires a detailed understanding of past and current hydrological conditions, as well as robust and reliable coupled models to anticipate future conditions.
The aim of this PhD project is to develop a complete coupled modeling approach that can be used for integrated water resources management with a case study in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region (near Montreal City in the Province of Quebec, Canada). The specific objectives are 1) to reproduce known hydrological conditions using a coupled model and estimate its uncertainty, 2) to quantify the hydrologic effects of past and current anthropogenic pressures and to define water resources resilience indicators, and 3) to simulate future conditions using probable scenarios and to use the indicators to guide water management.
The project includes i) the development of a SWAT-Modflow hydrological model for the peri-urban and agricultural region of Vaudreuil-Soulanges, ii) the long-term modeling of past hydrological conditions, iii) the analysis and simulation of future climate and water use scenarios. It is part of a larger research project led by a team of researchers from UQAM and Sherbrooke University in the French speaking Province of Quebec (Canada). The regional county municipality of Vaudreuil-Soulanges and the Quebec Ministry of the Environment are partners in the project.
The selected candidate will start in September 2021 or January 2022. He or she will be enrolled in Earth and atmospheric sciences PhD program in the Earth and atmospheric sciences department at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Pre-requisites for this position are BSc and MSc in Geology, Civil Engineering or in a related field. Speaking French will be considered an advantage, but is not a pre-requisite.