Posted: April 8, 2021
The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Pasadena, California) is seeking a cohort of postdoctoral fellows (3-6) to join a new research group focused on utilizing remote sensing data to advance state-of-the-art applications for terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, integrating imaging spectroscopy and thermal imaging, lidar and radar with ecosystem modeling, biogeography and biodiversity science.
Biodiversity and ecosystem function is an emerging area for remote sensing and Earth System Science. Imaging spectroscopy presents a new window on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem function and biodiversity, allowing remote sensing to progress from studying greenness to observing a key dimension of diversity on planet earth. Lidar and radar provide complementary information on structure and structural diversity of ecosystems and are available at regional and global scales. New space-based and airborne observations span the California drought and over nearly half the state, Hawaii, India, the Amazon Basin and many other regions and new instruments from the US, Germany and Japan will provide global access.
The successful applicants will have backgrounds in ecology, geophysics, Earth systems science, marine science, or related fields with expertise in some combination of remote sensing, imaging spectroscopy, lidar, algorithm development, strong mathematical and statistical skills, and an interest in being on the ground floor of new space-based observables. Research will include basic discovery science, methods development for new observables and support for new space missions. The team includes several JPL scientists, a group of postdocs with diverse backgrounds and several university collaborators.
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