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[Met-jobs] PhD Studentship at Swansea University (UK)

From "Roger Brugge" <r.brugge@reading.ac.uk>
To "met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk" <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
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 (n.kljun@swansea.ac.uk).

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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