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[Met-jobs] Research Post in African Agriculture and Earth Observation

From Roger Brugge <r.brugge@reading.ac.uk>
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Date Thu, 2 Nov 2017 16:59:43 +0000

Research Post in African Agriculture and Earth Observation (including Land Surface Temperature) 

King's College London and the NERC National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO) wish to appoint a Research Associate to the UK Space Agency funded research project PRISE, supporting improved forecasting of crop pests and diseases in West and East Africa through satellite remote sensing and forecast modelling. EO data on vegetation condition, rainfall and soil moisture will be used to drive pest forcarst models, but the primary parameter is expected to be Land Surface Temperature (LST),  since many of the pest growth models are temperature driven. We will install ground-truth sites to evaluate existing LST products, estimate LST at times of cloud cover (e.g. using surface energy balance models), and will explore LST downscaling and/or separate characterization of sub-pixel component temperatures (canopy and soils). Data assimilation approaches available in the consortium maybe explored for this.  The crop pest and disease forecasting models are being developed by partners CABI and Assimila Ltd, along with a series of African partners. Candidates are not expected to have prior experience in all aspects of the work, but should be knowledgeable and technically skilled in EO, with ideally some thermal EO experience. This is a PhD level role but candidates who will have submitted their thesis by the time of the appointment will be considered for interview. Interviews will occur week of 27th Nov 2017, and appointment is expected as soon as possible thereafter. Application deadline is 15th November 2017. Appointment is 2 years in the first instance, with the potential for extension.  Further details, contacts for inquiries, and an application form can be found at the link below:





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