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[Met-jobs] Post-doc position for future microwave SST mission

From "Roger Brugge" <r.brugge@reading.ac.uk>
To "met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk" <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
Date Thu, 21 Feb 2013 20:35:32 +0000

A new generation of satellite mission for the estimation of ‘all weather' sea 
surface temperature.

The requirements of the user community for Sea Surface Temperature (SST) are 
very demanding in terms of accuracy, spatial resolution and revisiting time. A 
10km spatial resolution, with an accuracy of 0.3K globally, under clear and 
cloudy conditions is desired. Infrared observations satisfy these requirements 
under clear sky, but are hampered by cloud cover. To provide 'all-weather' 
accurate estimations of the SST at high spatial resolution, satellite missions 
are being designed, based on passive microwave radiometry, with real aperture 
or synthetic interferometric antennas.

A preliminary analysis of the mission characteristics has been conducted within 
an ESA study (http://www.microwat.org/) and has provided the main instrument 
parameters (frequencies, noise, scanning geometry...).

Developments are needed to optimize these parameters, to simulate the 
instrument and to provide a realistic estimate of its performances in terms of 
SST retrieval. This work involves radiative transfer simulations in the 
microwave, information content analysis, and development of retrieval methods. 
Evaluation of the methodology will be tested on existing satellite 
observations. The work will be performed in close relationship with the 
engineers involved in the instrument development. Synergy with other satellite 
observations (essentially from scatterometers and altimeters) will be carefully 
examined.

Applications are invited for a post-doc position on this subject at the Paris 
Observatory, in collaboration with IFREMER, CMS/ Météo-France, and LOCEAN.

Interested candidates are invited to submit a CV and to contact Catherine 
Prigent (+33 1 40 51 20 18 Catherine.prigent@obspm.fr 
<mailto:Catherine.prigent@obspm.fr>).  Deadline: 15 March 2013.

 


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