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Climate extremes in the lake Victoria region - Belgium  

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Posted on : 28 May 2017

Project Description

  • Weather hazards in East Africa have a detrimental impact on local societies. 
  • These effects are exacerbated in cities, where high population densities enhance people’s exposure and poor living conditions increase their vulnerability to these hazards. The African population living in cities is expected to increase from the current 200 million to circa 1.2 billion in 2050. 
  • The northern shore of Lake Victoria is one of the four hotspots of increasing urbanization in the world. 
  • Although this population is vulnerable to extremes, such as heat waves, droughts, extreme rainfall and wind,  the future evolution of these weather and climate extremes is uncertain. This is partly due to the specific conditions of the region: 
  • The presence of the lake and surrounding spectacular orography have a profound effect on the meteorological conditions. 
  • Moreover, the climatic impact of the urbanization in this region of the world has been hardly studied. 
  • This project aims at making an advancement by studying how extremes will change in the future and what role urban- and lake-induced dynamics will play.
  •  This project builds on existing modeling tools developed at our university.
  • Of particular relevance for this proposal are our experience in African climate modelling, with a recent focus on East African climate and the African Great Lakes. 
  • The project covers one or more field missions to Kampala and surrounding secondary cities.

  • We are looking for candidates that have (or are about to finish) a Master degree in a relevant discipline (geography, atmospheric sciences, meteorology, environmental sciences, physics, mathematics, etc.). Are you curious about the climate conditions and extreme weather in East Africa? 
  • Are you motivated to acquire scientific and technological knowledge? Are you a good communicator? 
  • Do you have an interest in scientific computing? Did you obtain excellent grades during your studies? 
  • Do you like to work in an stimulating and inspiring environment? 
  • Are you keen to develop your personal skills that you will need to further develop your career? 
  • If the answer to these questions is yes, we invite you to apply for the position. 

  • Fully funded PhD scholarship for 4 years at the department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Our university  is a medieval university town a charming place with many historical buildings. The University is among the oldest universities in Western Europe, and today it is the largest university in Belgium. Situated at the heart of Europe, we offers a vibrant and international setting, supported by fast connections to several European cities.