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[Met-jobs] Urban Climate Research Technician Opportunity

From "Lee Chapman (Geography)" <>
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Date Tue, 5 Jan 2016 15:30:51 +0000

The team at the University of Birmingham have spent a number of years 
investigating new and innovative ways in which to measure the urban climate. 
The result has been the Birmingham Urban Climate Laboratory which was 
established as an exemplar network to meet the demand for urban observations in 
the canopy layer. It comprises of an array of 84 wireless air ‘Internet of 
Things’ temperature sensors nested within a coarser array of 24 automatic 
weather stations. 

A new research project now seeks to extend the network by making high 
resolution measurements in the boundary layer. This will be achieved by the use 
of Biotelemetry/bio-aerial-platforms as a novel and practicable solution to the 
data paucity above rooftop height. The project will develop a suite of 
Avian-Meteorology-Instrument Packages (initially measuring temperature and 
wind) for deployment in Birmingham as a suitably large and heterogeneous test 

The applicant will be responsible for the continued routine maintenance of 
surface weather monitoring equipment across the Birmingham conurbation and will 
also extensively contribute to the development of the 
Avian-Meteorology-Instrument Packages and associated field data collection and 
processing. The post-holder will also be responsible for the organisation, 
quality and provision of weather data to staff, students and external 

The project calls for an individual with significant experience of working with 
weather monitoring equipment and data. A knowledge of dataloggers, 
communications (e.g. WiFi protocols) and programming (e.g. Matlab or R) is 
desirable, as is a general interest in urban climatology. A degree or higher 
degree in Climatology or other relevant subject in the physical sciences or 
engineering is considered essential, but suitable work experience will also be 
taken into account. 

More details are available here: 

Informal enquiries to Dr Lee Chapman:

   Dr Lee Chapman
   Reader in Climate Resilience & Enterprising Birmingham Fellow
   Director of Knowledge Transfer
   College of Life and Environmental Sciences

a: School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences
   University of Birmingham
   B15 2TT, UK
t: ++44 (0)121 414 7435
f: ++44 (0)121 414 5528

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