Post-Doctoral Position: Vegetation Fire Modeling

We are looking for a postdoc working on vegetation fire modelling, jointly at Le Laboratoire des Science du Climat et de l’Environnement (LSCE) and Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle & Evolutive (CEFE), France, under the ESA firecci project. The European Space Agency (ESA) Climate Change Initiative (CCI) project
aims to generate a number of essential climate variables (ECVs) using satellite sensors. The CCI Fire Project will deliver new burned area time series over the period 2000-2017 using data from the MERIS instrument and other sensors. At the same time, specific burned area data related to ‘small fires’ which are difficult to capture using moderate resolution images, will be developed for Africa based on data from Sentinel-2.

We seek to hire a post-doctoral fellow responsible for using the new ESA CCI fire products in a global biosphere model, and calculating the impact of fires on the carbon balance of ecosystems at regional and global scale. The position will be hired jointly between LSCE and CEFE two research institutes from Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) located near Paris and at Montpellier, respectively for a total duration of three years.

Scientific activities will cover the benchmarking of the global dynamic vegetation model ORCHIDEE using the new ESA burned area products. The novelty of this work is the focus on the simulation of fire patch distribution and post fire ecosystem resilience, combining burned area and subsequent vegetation productivity indicators (NDVI, LAI). International collaboration within the ESA CCI consortium and with fire scientists in South Africa (S. Archibald), Northern Eurasia and the US (W.M. Hao) is planned.

For More Information: contact Chao Yue chaoyuejoy@gmail.com

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