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Project description

This topic is based on the many new land products (land cover, biomass, VCF), that have been recently published, especially by large national initiatives (US, China, Australia, Canada) and the LC CCI project for Africa (in process). This PhD shall support with a few focused studies the ESA DUE GlobBiomass project, possibly by working geographically along the BACI-transect. The requirement for this investigation of new Earth Observation products and new Sentinel-1/-2 retrievals is the availability of excellent validation data. The proposed project will address the following research questions: With the availability of new processing capabilities and spatio-temporally improved satellite data, what are the constraints and what is the impact of using pre-Sentinel ("worse") products in environmental modelling compared to new ("improved") possible products in trend analyses? Can pre-Sentinel land products be reprocessed to ensure consistent spatio-temporal datasets for modelling?
In order to address these research questions, the candidate will perform an in-depth spatio-temporal comparison of existing land surface products in regions with excellent in situ information and elaborate recommendations for the new generation of Sentinel-products, which are being developed in the GlobBiomass (and BACI) projects. A set of spatially or temporally consistent multi-decadal land surface products shall be established and the impact to environmental modelling evaluated. 


Applications to the IMPRS-gBGC are open to well-motivated and highly-qualified students from all countries. Prerequisites for this PhD project are:
  • a MSc degree in remote sensing for land applications
  • experience in Radar and Optical Remote Sensing
  • interest in environmental modelling
  • very good oral and written communication skills in English

After you have been selected

The IMPRS-gBGC office will happily assist you with your transition to Jena.
The conditions of employment, including upgrades and duration follow the rules of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science and those of the German civil service. The gross monthly income amounts about 2000 EUR, which will cover all your expenses in Germany.
The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. The Max Planck society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

Distribution of aboveground forest biomass (GEOCARBON 2013).
Distribution of aboveground forest biomass (GEOCARBON 2013).

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