[Caglist] McGill University, Computational Landscape Ecology Lab: Funded PhD Position Available

McGill UniversityComputational Landscape Ecology LabFunded PhD Position AvailableThe Computational Landscape Ecology Lab at McGill University has
a funded PhD position open beginning September 2017 focused on the
remote sensing of lakes at the regional and national scale. In
association with the new NSERC Lake Pulse Network, we are seeking a
talented student to estimate current lake color and carbon stocks in
millions of Canada’s lakes.
How much carbon is  With more lakes than any other country in the
world, the answer is important for Canada’s future and could be an
important part of the carbon budget at the national and perhaps
global scale. The PhD position is a two-phase effort using remote
sensing, database management, and statistical analysis. The first
phase will estimate the amount of colored dissolved organic
matter—the brownness—of a multitude of lakes from satellite. The
second phase will mine both historical and new lake chemistry
samples to find the relationship between the satellite imagery, lake
color, and dissolved organic carbon, then to extrapolate across the
multitude of lakes of Canada where a strong relationship is
Successful candidates should have strong undergraduate experience in
remote sensing and programming. Data collection and analysis will be
through Google Earth Engine, which both archives data from Landsat
and Sentinel satellites and provides a programming platform to
manipulate band values, create ratios, and summarize pixels within
lake boundaries. Specific course or work experience with relevant
tools will be of especially high value, including: data mining
techniques in very large data sets, coursework in remote sensing,
GIS, and statistics.
The position is funded for 3 years.  Canadian students who would be
eligible for federal and provincial scholarships in later years are
given high priority. Interested students can send a CV, an
unofficial grade transcript, and the names of three references to:
Associate Professor Jeffrey Cardille, jeffrey.cardille@mcgill.ca
Department of Natural Resource Sciences & McGill School of
Web site: http://ift.tt/2qbTnwu

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