PhD Position: Remote Sensing / Fire Monitoring
University of Bern – Berna (Suíça)
The Remote Sensing Research Group (RSGB), Institute of Geography, University of Bern (GIUB) – Switzerland offers a Ph.D. position in the field of optical and thermal remote sensing. This position is part of the Sinergia-project “Paleo fires from high-alpine ice cores” thatisfunded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (PI: Prof. Margit Schwikowski, PSI; Co-PIs: Prof. Willy Tinner, Paleo-UniBern; Prof. Ulrike Lohmann, ETHZ; Dr. Stefan Wunderle, GIUB-UniBern) with a project runtime of 3 years.
The overall aim of the project is to establish regional paleo fire histories from multi-proxy high-alpine ice core records in four geographical areas (Central Europe, Southern Siberia, tropical Amazonia, and the Arctic) using black carbon and charcoal as fire tracers. The atmospheric footprint within the ice cores in terms of the different sources will be determined using back trajectories and global modelling of biomass burning relevant tracers to better understand the representativeness of the individual proxies. Quantitative transfer functions will be developed through identification of single fire events and their corresponding burned areas from satellite data in combination with air mass trajectories.
The Ph.D. candidate will contribute to the project with the identification and inventory of burned areas derived from currently available satellite data. In more detail, the position “fire monitoring based on remote sensing in different regions of the world” includes:
- Compiling a fire time series based on MODIS fire products.
- Development/Improvement of a method to derive fire events from AVHRR GAC and LAC data.
- Quality assessment of fire detection related to spatial and radiometric resolution, and land use / land cover.
- Processing and analysis of a 30-year time series based on multi-sensor data for the project areas.
- Maintenance of ground-based Sun photometer, panorama camera and FD-12
We are seeking motivated scientists that would like to obtain a PhD degree in climate science / natural science. Successful applicants should have a M.Sc. degree in a relevant discipline, preferably in physical geography or meteorology with advanced knowledge in physics/remote sensing.
Skills in remote sensing (MODIS products, AVHRR GAC and LAC data, ASTER data) and programming experience (e.g. IDL) are desirable. Teamwork in the project and close cooperation with the other running projects at RSGB is required. The salary is approximately SFr. 46’000 per year.
More information on the group’s activities can be found here
For additional information please contact: Stefan Wunderle (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Submit your application to Dr. Stefan Wunderle, Institute of Geography, University of Bern, Switzerland via email – only single pdfs containing all relevant information will be accepted.
Application deadline: 01. October 2014; Start of the project: 01. January 2015