Remote sensing data assimilation in spatialized model of water and energy budgets in the semiarid Sahel

Post-doctoral fellowship at HydroSciences Montpellier
REMOTE SENSING DATA ASSIMILATION IN SPATIALIZED MODEL OF WATER AND ENERGY BUDGETS IN THE SEMIARID SAHEL

Categoria: Opportunità di Lavoro
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Data evento: 24 Set – 01 Dic 2010

Web: http://www.hydrosciences.org

Contenuti:
HydroSciences Montpellier (HSM), France (http://www.hydrosciences.org) HydroSciences Montpellier laboratory (a joint IRD / CNRS / Univ. Montpellier lab with ~ 60 researchers and ~ 30 postdocs and PhD students) works on the study of climate and anthropogenic impacts on tropical and Mediterranean hydrosystems.

The appointee will work in the lab’s AMMA team, in cooperation with researchers from other labs such as LTHE and LSCE (France).

Context
The proposed work is part of the AMMA research programme (African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analyses). This large international programme is conducted by several French and foreign institutions, and aims at better understanding the mechanisms of the West African monsoon and evaluating its impacts on regional natural resources. The « Land surfaces » workgroup of AMMA gathers several labs, including HSM, and focuses on the quantification of water and energy budgets at seasonal / regional scales. This objective requires the development of spatially-distributed land surface models adapted to Sahelian ecosystems. One such model was recently developed on the Niger supersite area of AMMA1 (around 2 500km²). Calibration was performed on the first available data produced by the experimental setup2, and validated against optical and micro-wave remote sensing data.

Profile of candidate

Relevant science fields: hydrology, bioclimatology or remote sensing

A PhD thesis in the field of biosphere or hydrology modelling is required. Experience in the use of remote sensing data, and a good background in programming (Fortran, Matlab, Unix) will be appreciated.

Application

Job start: December 1st 2010;
Location: Montpellier (southern France)
Duration: 24 months
Net monthly salary: ~1800 €

Please send ASAP detailed curriculum and names/addresses of two scientific referees to:

Jérôme Demarty: jerome.demarty@ird.fr
Bernard Cappelaere: bernard.cappelaere@ird.fr (ph: ( 33) 467 149 017)

(ph: ( 33) 467 149 076)  

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