Minimize Directional reflectance of desert sands and salt pans for the vicarious calibration of satellite remote sensing

Date added: 12 February 2018

Organisation: FindAPhD on behalf of National Physical Laboratory and Royal Holloway University of London

The National Physical Laboratory and Royal Holloway University of London invites applications for a CASE PhD studentship.

The aim is to measure and model the bidirectional reflectance, BRDF, of proxy sand and salt pan surfaces for the inter-calibration of optical space sensors on satellites used for long-term remote sensing data. The output will be a BRDF (bidirectional reflectance distribution function) of sand and salt pan at the bottom and top of atmosphere as a function of changing conditions for calibration and validation of Earth Observation satellites. There is the opportunity for field work.

Applications from students with a good upper second class degrees or better in remote sensing, chemistry, physics or engineering (or related subjects) are encourage to apply. You should be keen to script code and conduct experiments You will receive training in radiative transfer and develop strong skills in experimental science, and metrology, with potential field trips to CAL/VAL sites. You will be expected to attend international conferences. Your thesis will be written up by concurrent publication (i.e. your scientific papers). The position would suit a motivated individual who can work well with others in collaborative science, your supervisors are all expert in the different aspects of the work.

Learn more about the role and how to apply.

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