Topic Overview:

The applicant would join the team of running projects on soil erosion monitoring using Remote sensing (data Sentinel 2 and Planetscope). The applicant would identify  and compute the volume of soil loss from UAV monitoring campaigns. Another part would be assessment of reservoir sedimentation and measuring sediment volumes for Watem/SEDEM model calibrations.
Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Department of Landscape Water Conservation
Soil Erosion and Sediment Transport Modelling and Monitoring
Topic Overview:

The topic focuses on the experimental determination of material characteristics of different types concrete materials. Various testing procedures and approaches destructive and non-destructive will be employed. Examples of the areas of investigation:  freeze-thaw resistance of concrete; shrinkage and creep; fracture characteristics; measurement of deformation using 2D video-extensometer, etc.

Requirements:

The interest and enthusiasm for the investigation of the characteristics of building materials.

Outcomes:

Literature review; data processing.
Brno University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Institute of Building Testing
Determination of Material Characteristics of Different Types Concrete Materials
Topic Overview:

The focus is on how Air Quality Monitoring, if any, function in selected country and how it  is regulated.  Is there any system of  Air Quality monitoring governed by the state or any other public authority and how does it work? Is there a legal instrument  similar or close to the Low-Emission Zones (introduced in many EU countries)?

Task:

Research on the sources of information and on information itself about the topic listed above. Finding relevant literature,  legislation, case-law concerning the topic along with its abstraction.

Requirements:

Knowledge of Law, preferably Environmental Law and/or Environmental Studies (recommended not required)

Outcomes:

The source codes of your solution as well as i) a poster presenting the solved problem, your approach to solve it, properties of this solution and ii) a gallery of images and/or videos to demonstrate representative results produced by your solution.
Masaryk University, Faculty of Law, Department of Environmental and Land Law
Air Quality Monitoring and Regulation
Palacký University Olomouc, Faculty of Science, Department of Development and Environmental Studies
Measuring Sustainable Development
Topic Overview:

Performance of countries in sustainable development can be measured by composite indicators or by dashboard of indicators, each having pros and cons. The project aims to explore how components of sustainability and development can be usefully integrated within a single metric.

Task:

The intern would serve as research assistant. Depending on the phase of the research, the tasks may include, for example,  literature review and data analysis.

Requirements:

Suitable for students of economics with interdisciplinary perspective from environmental and development studies. Diligence and analytical thinking are necessary. Knowledge of statistical methods is an advantage.

Outcomes:

Academic publication.

References:

Overview of the measurement:
1) Stiglitz, J. E., Sen, A., Fitoussi,  J.-P. 2009. Report by the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress.
2) UNECE. 2014. Conference of European Statisticians Recommendations on Measuring Sustainable Development. New York and Geneva: United Nations.
3) OECD. 2008. Handbook on Constructing Composite Indicators: Methodology and User Guide. Paris: OECD.
4) Sachs, J., Schmidt-Traub, G., Kroll, C., Lafortune, G., Fuller, G., Woelm, F. 2020. The Sustainable Development Goals and COVID-19. Sustainable Development Report 2020. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Selected papers (check whether you can follow them):
1) Hickel, J. 2020. The sustainable development index: Measuring the ecological efficiency of human development in the anthropocene. Ecological Economics 167, 106331.
2) Syrovátka, M. 2020. On sustainability interpretations of the Ecological Footprint. Ecological Economics 169, 106543.
3) Ravallion, M. 2012. Mashup indices of development. World Bank Research Observer  27 (1), 1–32. 4) Xu, Z., Chau, N., Chen, X., Zhang, J., Li, Y., Dietz, T., Wang, J., Winkler, J. A., Fan, F., Huang, B., Li, S., Wu, S., Herzberger, A., Tang, Y., Hong, D., Li, Y., Liu, J. 2020. Assessing progress towards sustainable development over space and time. Nature 577, 74–78.
Topic Overview:

Agroforestry systems (AFS) – description of the logic, overview of different AFS systems;
Analysis of current state and possible development of AFS – general overview of AFS in in global perspective, main focus on countries/region with similar soil and climate conditions as are in Europe;
Analysis of economic, environmental and other benefits of AFS in comparison with conventional agriculture production;
Examples of best practices;
AFS as source of biomass for energy purposes, potential role of short rotation coppice plantations;
Economic model and economic analysis of selected AFS in the conditions of Czech Republic;
Major finding and conclusions.
Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Department of Economics, Management and Humanities
Agroforestry Systems – in the European Conditions
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