Post Doctoral position in Hydrometeorological Extremes

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Morocco,
Job Type: FullTime

Post Doctoral position in Hydrometeorological Extremes

Identifiant de demande de recrutement 9442 - Publié - Ingénierie

Mohammed VI Polytechnic University is an institution dedicated to research and innovation inAfrica and aims to position itself among world-renowned universities in its fields.

The University is engaged in economic and human development and puts research andinnovation at the forefront of African development. A mechanism that enables it to consolidateMorocco's frontline position in these fields, in a unique partnership-based approach and boostingskills training relevant for the future of Africa.

Located in the municipality of Benguerir, in the very heart of the Green City, Mohammed VIPolytechnic University aspires to leave its mark nationally, continentally, and globally.

One of the major obstacles to Morocco’s development is the management of water resources. The countryfaces very severe hydroclimatic conditions, characterised by low precipitation with high inter-annualvariability. Additionally, water can be highly variable from week to week. The weather often shifts fromextreme dry conditions to sudden heavy rainfall episodes. Further, water demand is constantly increasingdue to agricultural intensification, urbanisation, population increase and the development of tourism. Thisincrease is very difficult to sustain under present conditions. As a result, Morocco is consistentlyconfronted to water shortages.

In order to mitigate the negative impact of these events, a National Water Strategy was developed. It aimsat improving water use through the construction of substantial additional infrastructure, like dams andinter-basins water transfer projects. While such projects may enhance water capture and withdrawalcapacities, to do so, they must be combined with management tools to optimise their use. Watermanagement in Morocco is still based on reactive rather than preventive policies. The last few years,during which many extreme events occurred, have shown how vulnerable this type of governance was toclimatic hazards. Despite the rain, several dams in the kingdom dried up due to poor management. Furthermore, the risk for water resources related to the occurrence of climate and weather hazards remainslittle understood and improperly evaluated.

We propose here to improve on the current water management by better understanding and quantifying therisks related to drought and extreme rainfall. We still understand little about the probability, magnitude andextent of these events in Morocco. By definition, extreme events are rare; observations are also lacking inmost areas in Morocco, and usually cover periods too short to yield a complete picture of the tail of thehydroclimatic parameters distribution. Finally, as the global climate is changing, stationarity is not a validassumption anymore, and it becomes crucial to consider possible changes in extreme events characteristicsover time to develop and implement effective risk management strategies.

Research activities.

  • Improve our physical understanding of extreme hydrometeorological events (drought andextreme rainfall) in Morocco;
  • Quantify spatially the risk of droughts and extreme rainfall across Morocco in the present andfuture climates;
  • Assess the meteorological predictability of drought episodes and heavy rainfall at sub-seasonaltime scales.
  • Develop comprehensive numerical algorithms for the prediction of extremehydrometeorological events with their associated uncertainties.
  • Evaluate adaptive models for operational dam management based on predictive governance.
  • Develop an adaptive governance model for dam operations based on predictive actions.


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