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[Met-jobs] Postdoc vacancy: ecosystem model-data synthesis and uncertainty

From "Roger Brugge" <>
To "" <>
Date Tue, 28 Aug 2012 16:46:01 +0000

Postdoctoral Fellow

Model-data synthesis and forecasting across the upper Midwest: Partitioning 
uncertainty and environmental heterogeneity in ecosystem carbon

A post-doctoral position in ecosystem model-data synthesis and ecological 
forecasting is available in the Dietze lab in the Department of Earth and 
Environment at Boston University.

This project focuses on integrating eddy-covariance, remote-sensing, and forest 
inventory data within the Ecosystem Demography 2.2 model to understand and 
forecast regional-scale ecosystem dynamics across northern Wisconsin. The 
project is part of the larger PEcAn project 
(<>), which aims to make 
ecosystem models, data assimilation, and forecasting more accessible, 
automated, and repeatable.

As a test bed for the development and application of the PEcAn informatics 
tools, this project is focused on the temperate/boreal transition zone in 
northern Wisconsin, a region that is expected to show large climate change 
responses and is one of the most data-rich regions in the country. The tools 
developed here will enable us to partition carbon flux and pool variability in 
space and time and to attribute the regional-scale responses to specific biotic 
and abiotic drivers. The data-assimilation framework will partition different 
sources of uncertainty, which will enable a better understanding of which are 
limiting our inference, and provide a more complete propagation of uncertainty 
into model forecasts.


Minimum qualifications are a doctoral degree in a related ecological or 
environmental science or statistical/computational science. Experience with, or 
interest in learning, Bayesian statistics, ecosystem modeling, remote-sensing, 
and ecoinformatics tools is advantageous. Salary is commensurate with 
experience and qualifications. Up to two years and four months of funding is 

Submit a cover letter, CV, and contact info for 3 references to Dr. Michael 
Dietze (dietze at<>) For more information visit<> and<>

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