SEDIMENT RESEARCH INTERN - Ho Chi Minh City Coordination Office
IUCN’s Mekong Delta Program needs research assistance with sedimentation processes and strategies in coastal aquaculture systems in the Mekong Delta.
The Intern will work under the supervision of the Deputy Head of Indo-Burma Group and be based at the IUCN Project Office in HCMC. Travel to project sites will be undertaken in conjunction with IUCN’s Mekong Delta Coastal Habitats project and the Nature Based Solutions to Address the Coastal Squeeze project.
The research will help to quantify the amount of inorganic sediment that is accumulating in the 4 major types of coastal aquaculture systems in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta and link this data to the water management (sluice gate operations) practices of farmers. The 4 major aquaculture systems include: 1) integrated mangrove shrimp; 2) rice-shrimp; 3) extensive shrimp; and 4) intensive shrimp.
The suggested research hypothesis is that land use systems with more frequent connections to waterways accumulate more inorganic sediment than those with less frequent connections which can help mitigate subsidence.
The suggested scope of the research includes:
1. Quantifying the amount of sediment accumulation in shrimp ponds;
2. Identifying the farm water management practices that affect sediment accumulation;
3. Accounting for factors that affect sediment availability at the farm gates including, seasonality, farm locations within the irrigation system, etc.
4. Estimating the potential contribution of the (dry) sediment accumulation towards elevation over time;
5. Farmer perceptions of sediment benefits and costs.
EXPECTED OUTCOMES and DELIVERABLES:
• Data from field sampling and interviews;
• A research paper.
Duration: August – December 2022
Office base: Ho Chi Minh City
While based at the HCMC Project Office, the Intern will report to and be supervised by the Deputy Head of Indo-Burma Group in addition to his/her Academic Supervisors at the student’s home institution.
• Currently enrolled in a graduate university programme (e.g., Masters or its equivalent). The internship experience should be in line with the student’s field of study and the requirements set by the academic institution;
• Have knowledge of sedimentation processes in a delta context;
• Familiarity with necessary sampling methodologies;
• Demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views;
• Fluency in spoken and written English;
• Personal flexibility and high motivation
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