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[Met-jobs] Funded MPhil Studentship at Leicester in ID and Mapping of Geothermal Anomalies using Satellite Data

From "Roger Brugge" <>
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Date Tue, 9 Jun 2015 11:05:06 +0000

Title: Funded MPhil Studentship
School/Department:   Physics and Astronomy
Supervisors:   Prof. John Remedios and Dr. Darren Ghent
Start Date: Between 1st July and 3rd October 2015
Entry Requirement:   BSc Hons in Geology, Geochemistry, Remote Sensing or 
Closing Date: 30th June 2015

Research Studentship (MPhil) in Identification and Mapping of Geothermal 
Anomalies using Satellite Data.
Applications are invited for a 12 month research studentship in Identification 
and Mapping of Geothermal Anomalism using NASA MODIS and other satellite 
instruments. The project is funded by a company and the National Centre for 
Earth Observation based at the University.

The MPhil studentship will cover a maintenance grant for 12 months and a small 
amount for research expenses and travel. Full University student fees for 
students will be covered. Support on technical aspects of the studentship will 
also be offered by the National Centre for Earth Observation.

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Prof. John Remedios or Dr 
Darren Ghent for an informal discussion on 0116 223 1319 or by email to<>  or<>.

The student will be based in the department of Physics and Astronomy, 
University of Leicester ). The student 
will be encouraged to complete all aspects of the MPhil including submission by 
the end of the 12 month grant period.

Project Overview
The project will use MODIS data to develop novel analyses of Land Surface 
Temperature (LST) and an understanding of the necessary corrections to be made 
in order that geothermal anomalism can be correctly identified. The project 
will cover the following areas:

·         How to define anomalous thermal signatures in a spatial context and 
whether these anomalies are temporally consistent. There is always a 
possibility for identifying false anomalies. How can this be reduced?

·         The likelihood for anomalies to show a significant difference in mean 
LST from normal statistical variance. What statistical confidence can be placed 
in identification of anomalous regions?

·         Methods for enhancing thermal dataset images so that LST diurnal 
patterns and variations from solar radiation effects are minimised. By reducing 
these components, will the data provide information on surface soil or rock 

·         Investigation of potential for LST datasets to be applied in remote 
sensing for oil/gas and energy industries, e.g. identifying sedimentary basins 
and their hinterlands.
The University of Leicester has a range of expertise in the field of LST and 
Earth Observation and the project and the student will gain valuable experience 
from both working within a proactive, world class research team, and with a 
first class industrial sponsor.

Entry Requirements
Applicants must have a first-class or high upper second-class honours degree 
(or equivalent qualification in Geology, Geochemistry, Remote Sensing or a 
closely related subject) and complete the university online application process 

Students must meet the University’s standard English language entry 
requirements<> .

The studentship is for full-time study only and applicants must be able to 
commence their studies between 1st July and 3rd October 2015.

Date of advertisement: 08 June 2015
Closing date for applications: 30th June 2015

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