PhD Student Opportunities
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Sensing and Global Croplands
Deadline: February 1, 2013
Northern Arizona University and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
will sponsor a graduate student for PhD program in a National Aeronautics and
Space Administration (NASA) funded project on global cropland mapping
using remote sensing. The overarching goal of
this project is to produce consistent and unbiased estimates of global
agricultural cropland areas, crop types, crop watering methods, and cropping
intensities using mature cropland mapping algorithms (CMAs) with following key
objectives and topics:
- Crop types (focus on 8 crops that occupy 70% of global
- Irrigated versus rainfed croplands
- Cropping intensities/phenology (single,
double, triple, continuous cropping)
- Cropped area computation. In addition, GCAD four decades will produce continuous data streams at monthly
frequency from 1982-2017 at 8 km from 1982 to 2000 based on AVHRR GIMMS data
and at 250 m from 2001 to 2017 based on MODIS data.
The position pays full tuition, stipend
for living expenses, health insurance etc.
Student will work 20 hrs per week on global croplands project and do
dissertation research on the subject. The project will be co-guided by NAU
faculty member Dr. Temuulen Sankey and by
USGS Research Geographer Dr. Prasad S. Thenkabail. Applicants for the PhD
program must have excellent understanding of remote sensing, agriculture, and
land use. High level of remote sensing data processing skills with software
skills in image processing and GIS is a must.
The project offers excellent
opportunity for students to work on a global project addressing food security
in the 21st Century and access to USGS and NASA data and computing
resources. The funding is for 4 years starting in spring of 2013. Potential
applicants must contact Dr. Temuulen Sankey and CC Dr. Thenkabail. Further
details of the project can be found at: https://powellcenter.usgs.gov/globalcroplandwater/. Read more about the PhD application process for Northern Arizona University.