November 2016
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[Met-jobs] Summer Placement opportunity at the Met Office UK

From "Athanassiadou, Maria" <>
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Date Tue, 8 Nov 2016 14:48:31 +0000




The use of satellite surface data on improving source identification and modelling of crop diseases


The Met Office is part of a collaborative effort to develop a forecasting capability for wheat rust (a fungal disease attacking wheat crops), using the NAME atmospheric dispersion model.  Airborne transmission, short reproduction cycles of the fungus and limited time windows for fungicide treatment can lead to large scale epidemics within only a few weeks. Because of the potential for rapid spread and also considerable yield losses, wheat rusts are one of the most devastating plant diseases.  The source locations for the fungus are a vital element in forecasting the spread of the infection and are typically provided by local ground surveys.  Suitable satellite observations will be analysed to assess the health of green vegetation and potentially provide a more wide-spread and timely indication of the extent of wheat rust fungus infection and thus enable improved forecasts.  

The project offers a unique opportunity to the successful candidate to be exposed to and obtain experience at the forefront of R&D in the Met Office by combining satellite observations and dispersion modelling.


Closing Date   13/11/2016


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Maria Athanassiadou
Senior Research Scientist Satellite Applications
Met Office  FitzRoy Road  Exeter  Devon  EX1 3PB  UK
Tel: +44 (0)1392 884582 
Fax: +44 (0)1392 885681


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