Impacts of changes in Amazon land surface on rainfall variability in South Eastern South America
A postdoc position is open to investigate effects of land-use change and land degradation in Amazonia on rainfall variability in South Eastern South America
(SESA) by applying moisture recycling networks and climate modeling.
Land-surface characteristics are strongly connected to climate circulation pattern and climate variability. However, the integrity of tropical and subtropical forests is under threat due to land-use and climate change, because it also changes land surface characteristics.
To improve predictability of climate at annual and decadal time scales, it is of great importance to better understand the role of land-use change on biophysical characteristics of the land surface. Specifically, the Amazon rainforest is connected to the continental water cycle, where moisture recycling networks have been applied to identify source, intermediate and sink regions of recycled precipitation. Particularly, Amazon forest loss significantly reduces continental precipitation due to evapotranspiration decline in particular during the dry season. This way, moisture recycling networks may be used to complement climate models in analyzes of atmospheric moisture transport and recycling based on observational or simulated data in the region.
We are looking for a professional with doctorate degree and experience on interactions between the terrestrial surface and the climate.
Previous experience on terrestrial surface modeling, use of dynamic vegetation models coupled to climate models, computational programming in Fortran 90 and analysis and visualization of scientific data in NCL or GrADS packages will be preferred.
Stipend: The opportunity is open to citizens of all nationalities, with an academic title of doctor obtained less than 7 years ago. The selected candidate will receive a postdoc grant from FAPESP with a monthly stipend of BRL 6,819.30 for 12 months, renewable for another 12 months, and an additional equivalent to 15% of the annual budget to be used in items directly related to research activities.
- PhD in Earth System Sciences or Environmental Sciences, Applied Computing or related disciplines.
- Expertise in terrestrial surface modeling / sensitivity analyzes of environmental conditions in surface-to-atmosphere interactions or experience in atmospheric modeling / studies of aspects of precipitation variability in South America
- Demonstrated ability to publish scientific articles
- Candidates should be available in the week of 5/Dec - 9/Dec for a possible skype interview.
1) cover letter describing scientific qualifications and interests
2) short CV
3) indication of 2 names for personal references
4) link to personal page on sites like Research Gate, Google Scholar or Academia.edu, if available.