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Mendenhall Research Fellowship - Research Opportunity # S44. Modeling post-wildfire debris-flow inundation
Wildfire alters the hydrology of watersheds making them very susceptible to dangerous flash floods and debris flows. A tragic recent example struck on 9 January 2018 in Montecito, California following the Thomas fire (which at the time was the largest fire in California history). Intense rainfall on the recently burned slopes triggered a series of debris flows that carried boulders up to 6 m in diameter and travelled 3 km down alluvial fans, killing 23 people and damaging or destroying over 400 homes.
The tragedy at Montecito underscores the need for accurate identification of post-wildfire debris-flow runout paths to inform emergency response and evacuation plans. Although past research has developed successful tools to rapidly assess the likelihood and potential volume of debris flow within a burn area, the complexity of debris-flow runout processes has precluded development of an operational tool to predict where the flows will end up.
Proposed Duty Station: Golden, Colorado
Areas of Ph.D.: Earth Science (geology, hydrology, geography, geophysics), engineering, physics, applied mathematics (candidates holding a Ph.D. in other disciplines but with knowledge and skills relevant to the Research Opportunity may be considered).
Qualifications: Applicants must meet one of the following qualifications: Research Geologist, Research Hydrologist, Research Physical Scientist, Research Mathematician, Research Physicist, Research Civil Engineer, Research Engineer
(This type of research is performed by those who have backgrounds for the occupations stated above. However, other titles may be applicable depending on the applicant's background, education, and research proposal. The final classification of the position will be made by the Human Resources Specialist.)
Physical/Environmental Demands: Work is usually performed in an office setting. The work area normally involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of offices or meeting and training rooms. The work may also include some outdoor field work. Field work involves exposure to moderate risks and discomforts, such as those due to adverse weather conditions, such as high winds and low or high temperatures.
Occasional travel - Overnight travel of 1 to 2 nights per month may be required.
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