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[Met-jobs] Postdoctoral research opportunity on regional climate effects of climate mitigation strategies

From Stefan Sobolowski <>
Date Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:08:00 +0100

Please distribute widely. Interested candidates may contact the lead researcher  ( or project PI ( for more information. 

There is a vacancy for a postdoctoral researcher position at Uni Research Climate at the intersection of regional climate dynamics, land use/land cover change and climate mitigation strategies. The position is for a period of 2 years under the project titled, “Hidden costs of implementing afforestation as a climate mitigation strategy: A comprehensive assessment of direct and indirect impacts (HiddenCosts)” funded by the Research Council of Norway and led by Dr. Hanna Lee.


About the project/work tasks
HiddenCosts will evaluate the overall costs and benefits of afforestation in open landscapes by analyzing the direct and indirect impacts of such schemes, thereby gaining overall understandings of climatic, ecological, and societal impacts of afforestation and the two alternative scenarios, continued management and natural succession. HiddenCosts focuses on addressing the two main questions around "Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU)" mitigation and adaptation strategies under the current climate change scenarios.
1) Is afforestation a viable climate mitigation strategy, considering the full "costs and benefits" from direct and indirect impacts combined?
2) How well does afforestation fit in the framework of climate mitigation and adaptation strategies, relative to natural succession and management?


The postdoctoral researcher will be responsible for perform high resolution modelling coupled land-atmosphere simulations of the three scenarios described above. She/he will undertake an analysis of the regional energy, water budget responses as well as the response in local-regional circulation in the proposed scenarios. Additional investigations will concentrate on analysing and developing risk indices for weather and climate related hazards associated with particular land surface prescriptions (e.g. flooding, wildfires, landslides, windfall risk). There will be opportunity for extensive collaboration with an interdisciplinary team of biologists, ecosystem scientists and biogeochemists.

The full job posting is available here:

Please note that all applications must be submitted electronically. 

Stefan Sobolowski, Ph.D.
Research Scientist II
Uni Research Climate & the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research
112 Nygårdsgaten 5008, Bergen, Norway

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