|From||"Roger Brugge" <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date||Tue, 26 Feb 2013 11:55:30 +0000|
Forwarded from CLIMLIST... A fully-funded NERC PhD studentship 'Impact of Forest Disturbance on Carbon Uptake' is available at the Department of Geography, Swansea University (UK), in close collaboration with CMAR-CSIRO (Australia). The funding includes a stipend of approx. £13,726 pa, tuition fees, and a research support budget of approx. £9,000. Application closing date is 18 March, 2013. <http://www.swansea.ac.uk/geography/postgraduate/researchtopics/impactofforestdisturbanceoncarbonuptake/> Disturbance of forest ecosystems substantially alter the exchange of major greenhouse gases (e.g., carbon dioxide, CO2, water vapour, H2O, and methane, CH4) between vegetation and atmosphere. This project will make use of a unique dataset of a mature temperate forest stand in New South Wales, Australia, before and after undergoing partial forest thinning and clear-cutting. The project uses state-of-the-art technologies such as airborne remote sensing (LiDAR and hyperspectral imagery), satellite remote sensing (e.g., NDVI data), CO2 and H2O exchange data (eddy-covariance measurements) from observations at a tower within the forest, and a so-called land-surface model (LSM) that simulates biosphere-atmosphere exchange processes in combination with climate models. The aim of this research is to quantify the impact of selective harvesting and clear-cutting of the forest on the amount of carbon removed from the atmosphere and stored in the biomass, using airborne remote sensing data. Further information on how to apply, applicant requirements, the application process, and on the project itself can be found at <http://www.swansea.ac.uk/geography/postgraduate/researchtopics/impactofforestdisturbanceoncarbonuptake/> or contact Dr Natascha Kljun (email@example.com). Please note NERC's eligibility requirements (UK citizens or EU national who have been resident in the UK for the last 3 years, <http://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/available/postgrad/eligibility.asp>).
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