Postdoctoral position - Understanding methane point source emissions
Date added: 05 September 2016
Location: California, USA
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This project focuses on the application of breakthrough airborne and satellite methane remote sensing technologies – including the ability to conduct large area surveys and image methane plumes at ~1 to 10 m scales with high detection sensitivity – to the point source challenge, and more generally to understanding and characterizing methane budgets across multiple scales. Recent work includes studies of emissions from the Four Corners, NM area, California's San Joaquin Valley, and the Los Angeles basin, including the recent Aliso Canyon natural gas blowout.
Ongoing components of this activity are the California Airborne Methane Survey, investigations of future space-based remote sensing options from the International Space Station (ISS) and geostationary orbit, GIS-based methane inventories, the Methane Source Finder project, and the Megacities Carbon Project. We are especially interested in scientists seeking to expand their skills to include remote sensing data and/or synthesis of diverse data sets to understand and attribute methane emissions across economic sectors.
Successful candidates will have expertise in atmospheric physics and chemistry, carbon cycle science, airborne instruments, atmospheric remote sensing, regional scale CO2 flux inversions, or the equivalent. They will join the active JPL Carbon Cycle Science group and have opportunities to interact with colleagues at Caltech.