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[Met-jobs] Thesis opportunity in MINES ParisTech - Sophia Antipolis

From Philippe Blanc <>
Cc Philippe BLANC <>, Lucien WALD <>
Date Wed, 19 Jun 2013 14:03:25 +0200 (CEST)

Dear all

Please note the thesis opportunity in MINES ParisTech - Sophia Antipolis (2013/10/01 – 2016/09/30)

Estimation of the ability of the new satellite Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) to assess aerosols, their concentration, their type

Industrial partnership
Thales Alenia Space (co-subsider with the region Provence-Alpes Côte d'Azur

Context and challenges
Aerosols play a major role in our daily life. Air quality is the most striking example. Other events, such as volcano eruptions or dust storms, may disturb air transportation with major economic impacts. Monitoring aerosols, their load and type, is in its infancy. This thesis will contribute to advances in monitoring by assessing the capacity of the new geostationary satellite Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) in aerosol load and type assessment.
Assessment of aerosols from satellite images is a long-standing concern. At the beginning, studies were performed to model aerosols optical properties and their effects in satellite images in visible bands in order to remove these effects and produce Level-2 products. Several sensors such a MERIS, were equipped with specific channels whose aims were to bring the necessary knowledge on aerosols to be able to accurately retrieve marine and land reflectances. The approaches used were and still are similar to that proposed here. The radiative transfer models are few, all well-known and their advantages and drawbacks have been identified in many works. Most of the published articles deal with the retrieval of the aerosol properties from satellite images; few of them discuss abilities of sensors or specifications of sensors. This thesis deals especially with the Flexible Combined Imager (FCI), a multispectral imager aboard MTG to be launched in 2017.

More information (in french)
See the thesis description enclosed

May you be interested, please contact us as soon as possible

Pr Lucien WALD - Tel:+33 (0)493957449, mail:
Dr Philippe BLANC - Tel:+33 (0)493957404, mail:

Dr. Philippe BLANC
Head of research activities for renewable energy
resource assessment
Centre Observation, Impacts, Energy (O.I.E.)

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