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[Met-jobs] postdoc in large-area monitoring of tropical forest biomass

From Roger Brugge <r.brugge@reading.ac.uk>
To "met-jobs@lists.rdg.ac.uk" <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
Date Mon, 13 Jun 2016 13:56:43 +0000

Martin Herold at Wageningen is looking for a postdoc in large-area monitoring 
of tropical forest biomass. The link is:

https://www.academictransfer.com/employer/WUR/vacancy/34294/lang/en/

and an excerpt from the ad is below for quick reference.

Closing date 20 June


Job description
-------------------
The Centre for Geo-Information at Wageningen University (NL) is offering a 
PostDoc position to perform research on the concept, tools and implementation 
for the independent validation, regional calibration and the use of global 
biomass products derived from remote sensing and their analysis to assess the 
impact of human-induced changes on tropical forest biomass. The work is linked 
with the ESA DUE GlobBiomass project with the aim to better characterize and to 
reduce uncertainties of aboveground biomass estimates at regional and global 
scales by developing an innovative synergistic mapping approach using EO and 
in-situ data. The focus of the PostDoc position will be on the validation task 
of the GlobBiomass products building upon the work already performed at the GRS 
group (www.wageningenur.nl/grsbiomass<http://www.wageningenur.nl/grsbiomass>) 
and the validation protocol already developed as part of the project using 
different types of existing biomass reference data in a harmonized manner. The 
new and improved forest biomass map data and estimates (incl. uncertainties) 
should be used in analysis related to REDD+ and on quantifying the impact of 
forest regrowth in terms of biomass accumulation and carbon sink in the tropics 
from local to regional scales, and understanding the role of regrowing forests 
in the establishment of Reference Levels and Nationally Determined 
Contributions as outlines by the Paris Climate Agreement. The independent 
assessment of recent global biomass maps will also be performed for the 
European region using extensive reference data from national forest inventories 
characterized by different inventory designs.

Requirements
-------------------
We are looking for a motivated researcher with PhD degree and related 
experiences in Remote Sensing, Geoinformation Science, Tropical Forest Ecology, 
Environmental Science, or a related field. A background and track record of 
peer-reviewed publications in remote sensing and monitoring of tropical forest 
biomass and/or spatial and geostatistical modeling and statistical error 
analysis is required. Experience in monitoring and assessment of forest 
aboveground biomass both from the field and from the remote sensing 
perspectives is appreciated. Further assets are a good understanding of 
tropical forest biomass dynamics, programming skills with R or similar 
software, and working experience with and in developing tropical countries. The 
GRS group is actively seeking to increase the number of female senior 
researchers and applications from qualified women will be treated with 
preference.



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