EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Water Informatics: Science and Engineering (WISE)
Launched in September 2014, the Water Informatics: Science and Engineering (WISE) Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) offers an exciting learning environment that provides students with the opportunity to develop and carry out PhD-level research. A CDT has the added benefit of taught courses to give students a solid background in their chosen discipline.
The course is four years long. The first year is taught at the University of Exeter. In the remaining three years, students complete a supervised project at one of the four partner universities. Sometimes this project is completed in collaboration with an industrial partner.
The PhD in Water Informatics Engineering has been awarded CIWEM Accreditation and covers all our intakes from 2014-15 to 2018-19 inclusive. Areas of good practice highlighted by the accreditation panel include the relationships with and between student cohorts, our industry links and the ability of students to draw on academic expertise and facilities across the four universities.
Centre for Doctoral Training
The WISE CDT was awarded a £5.2M award from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) aimed at securing the future supply of graduates. The EPSRC funded centres bring together diverse areas of expertise to train engineers and scientists with the skills, knowledge and confidence to tackle today’s evolving issues and future challenges. They also provide a supportive and exciting environment for students, create new working cultures and forge lasting links with industry.
Water informatics (also known as ‘hydroinformatics’) is a relatively new discipline that seeks to take full advantage of the proliferation of remotely sensed information from space or ground based sensors with increasing capabilities in terms of spatial, temporal and spectral resolution. Information and knowledge gained from data allows more efficient and reliable monitoring and management of the water cycle over time at global, regional and local scales. Water informatics deals with the intersection of ‘big data’ with ‘smart technologies’, to deliver more sustainable water solutions over these diverse scales.
The centre will act as a hub of international and industrial collaborations, training scientists and engineers with relevant skills, knowledge and professional attributes across industry and academia.