Student opportunity in Remote Sensing

Position: Student opportunity in Remote Sensing
Location: Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski, QC, Canada

About the project
The distribution of suspended particulate matter (SPM) in surface waters of the Saint Lawrence System (SLS) is experiencing major long-term changes due mainly to climate-mediated variations on runoff, coastal disintegration, and dynamics of harmful algae (HA). These ongoing disturbances are expected to affect future tourism activities (e.g., whale watching) in estuarine waters due to changes on water turbidity and associated effects on primary production and food webs. In addition, shellfish farms in the Gulf of St. Lawrence would be likely affected by a greater presence of HA events. Thus, there is an urgent need to characterize the long-term patterns of SPM in different spatial domains of the SLS. The objective of this two-year project is to evaluate the complementary use of passive and active optical measurements for estimating the concentration of SPM in one study area of the SLS and for the period 2006-2016. These remote sensing products will be calculated on the basis of regional visible-NIR spaceborne algorithms and satellite-based laser measurements. Time series and spatial distributions of SPM will be related to coastline retreat, wind and local circulation patterns.

Financial assistance
A scholarship of $12,000 per year is available for 2 years and starting in August 2016. A scholarship is also available from ISMER to pay for the increased tuition fees that apply to foreign students.

To qualify
Satisfy the basic requirements for admission in the MsSc program of oceanography at UQAR;

  • Graduate degree in Physics, Oceanography, Geography, Geology or a related discipline
  • Basic knowledge in optical (VIS-NIR) remote sensing;
  • Experience with computer programming, image processing tools such as SeaDAS, and geospatial statistics will be preferred;
  • Good verbal and writing skills in English. French speaking is a plus.

To apply
Applicants should send to the person mentioned below:

  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Cover letter;
  • University transcripts (B.Sc.);
  • Name and contact information of two references.

Selection of the candidates will begin in June 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. The selected candidate will have to register as a full time student in the MsSc program of Oceanography at UQAR and corresponding to the fall 2016 session. To apply, or for more information please contact:

Professor Martin Montes-Hugo
Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski
LabTec, Laboratoire de télédétection côtière
310, allée des Ursulines, C.P. 3300
Rimouski (Québec) G5L 3A1
Phone : 418 723-1986 ext. 1961

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