PhD position Available at Northumbria University: Spatial Scaling of Snow Properties for Microwave Modelling and Remote Sensing

Date: 
11 January 2018

PhD position Available
Spatial Scaling of Snow Properties for Microwave Modelling and Remote Sensing
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Application deadline: 16 February 2018

For more information about the position, go to:
https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=93700

For further details on entry requirements, how to apply, and the application form, go to:
https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/research/postgraduate-research-degrees/how...

For questions, contact:
Nick Rutter
Email: nick.rutter [at] northumbria.ac.uk


Northumbria University invites applications for a PhD position in spatial scaling of snow properties for microwave modelling and remote sensing. This three-year position will be located at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom (UK).

This project will develop spatial simulations of microwave scattering at frequencies that satellites use. Fundamental to this is the spatial distribution of snow properties, particularly the size of snow crystals. Data analysis will be used to determine the best method of applying sparse field observations to inform spatially distributed computer simulations of snow.

In particular, this project will:

  • Analyze new objective measurements of snow properties (obtained from mountain, tundra, lake ice, and sea ice environments) relative to traditional snow measurements to determine best methods for application of measurements across a range of spatial scales;
  • Enable snow information to be distributed and used to simulate observations at microwave frequencies with the Snow Microwave Radiative Transfer (SMRT) model; and
  • Compare model outputs with airborne and satellite data, which will allow parameter sensitivity testing to support Observing System Simulation Experiments (OSSE's) in preparation for future snow satellite missions.

Applicants must have a strong scientific background in disciplines such as geophysics, atmospheric sciences, oceanography, or physical geography. The successful applicant will have strong numerical skills, including computer programming and data manipulation, although full training will be provided throughout the studentship to develop relevant skills. Depending on the interests of the candidate, opportunities to participate in fieldwork may be possible to enhance the process-based understanding of microwave scattering in snow.

Applications must include:

  • A completed application form,
  • Evidence of academic qualifications (certificates and transcripts),
  • Evidence of accepted English language proficiency for applicants whose first language is not English, and
  • A 1,000-word research proposal outlining the applicant's area of research.

Application deadline: 16 February 2018

For more information about the position, go to:
https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=93700

For further details on entry requirements, how to apply, and the application form, go to:
https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/research/postgraduate-research-degrees/how...

For questions, contact:
Nick Rutter
Email: nick.rutter [at] northumbria.ac.uk