PhD project: Monitoring structural changes in three different ecophysiological biomes of the central Amazon basin to support carbon cycle modelling (International Max Planck Research School, Jena, Germany)
Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
The Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena offers an exceptional dynamic, creative, international and multidisciplinary working environment.
We contribute to the understanding of how living organisms – including humans – exchange fundamental resources like water, carbon, nitrogen and energy with their environment, and how this affects and responds to global climate and environmental change.
Climate: Past, Present & Future (CL)
Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology & Volcanology (GMPV)
- To characterize carbon storage relevant surface parameters
- To quantify aboveground carbon stocks and fluxes
- To estimate carbon turnover (C-storage/C-sequestration)
Methods and Data
Interpretation and comparison with LiDAR data from ATTO to look at structural changes (diameter and height increments) and/with topography.
Generation of carbon cycle relevant parameters (e.g. AGB, NPP, plant traits) from spaceborne remote sensing data synergies over time.
Interface development to carbon stocks and fluxes modelling.
Development of up- and down-scaling models from TLS to airborne to spaceborne sensors, exploitation of radar-optical synergies (including SAR interferometry), application and investigation of AI and DL approaches to massive time series, DEM and surface model generation, validation exercises (TLS, airborne lidar and photogrammetry).
Exploration of new data sources: Solar Induced Fluorescence (FLEX mission) for carbon stock estimation, upcoming NISAR mission.
Time frame of research: since start of Sentinels in 2016 with possible extension of time series to earlier published results (e.g. Landsat archives).
Working group & planned collaborations
MPI-BGC Department Biogeochemical Processes, FSU Jena Department for Earth Observation
Planned project collaborations and research sites
ATTO: pristine rainforest with near-pristine atmosphere in the wet season and an atmosphere notably influenced by human activity in the dry season
BONDS plus follow-on project until 2024 (jointly with Laura Hess from UCSB): tropical floodplains with two major white-water rivers (Amazon mainstem and Juruá)
Stanford University Project: inundation mapping for peatlands/wetland classification (jointly with Alison Hoyt)
Applications to the IMPRS-gBGC are open to well-motivated and highly-qualified students from all countries. Prerequisites for this PhD project are:
- a Master’s degree environmental science, geosciences, geography with a strong remote sensing background
- Computational skills:
- programming skills (such as IDL, Matlab, R, Python or Julia)
- processing and analyzing large data sets
- machine learning techniques
- remote sensing data handling
- Interest in field work in Brazil
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, knowledge of German and Portugese is an asset
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.
Application deadline for the fully funded PhD positions is August 23, 2021.
Your application consists of three steps:
- Online registration & submission of application documents (June 30 – August 23, 2021)
- (Possibly) Phone or video conference interview (until September 10, 2021),
- Recruitment event in Jena (October 13-15, 2021)
Find out more and apply online: www.imprs-gbgc.de