Science

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This project will characterize the nepheloid layers in the Changjiang estuary and develop new numerical models to investigate these layers. It will examine the role of the nepheloid layers in determining coastal ocean dynamics and in transporting sediments from the river to the East China Sea. A comparison study of the nepheloid layer and sediment processes before and after the construction of the Three Gorges Dam (TGD) will also be conducted in this project.

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Helen Beggs leads the GHRSST Tropical Warm Pool Diurnal Variability (TWP+) Project which aims to quantify diurnal warming of the surface ocean over the Tropical Warm Pool to the north of Australia and to validate and compare various diurnal variation models over this region.

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To improve the understanding of the drivers of tree growth in Australia’s semi-arid environments using tree rings and correlations to circulation systems.

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This research will use a resource governance approach in a quantitative and qualitative examination of extractive industry/host country relationships, to determine to what extent government policy and foreign investment in resource extraction can contribute to economic and social development.

Dr Thornton has a number of openings for PhD projects. These projects include: 

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To improve the understanding of research impact and the drivers of research investment in Australia and China’s natural resource management fields.

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To explore the use of Marine Protected Areas to achieve environmental and political outcomes in Australia and China.

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