Remote Sensing/Spatial Ecology Intern – Virginia, USA

The Conservation GIS Lab ( at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) is seeking interns to start immediately. The internship project will focus on exploring the application of remote sensing space-borne lidar data (GEDI) and optical data (e.g., Sentinel or Landsat series) to classify vegetation types, particularly understory bamboo and woody invasive plants.

Learning objectives:

  1. Pre-processing forest survey data and spatial datasets at a local or regional level
  2. Extracting GEDI metrics using Google Earth Engine and Python or R
  3. Building predictive spatial models for vegetation type classification using statistical analysis and machine learning algorithms.
  4. Gain experience with the analysis of GEDI data, spatial data analysis, and scientific communication.


  1. A Bachelor’s degree is required, and a Master’s degree is preferred.
  2. Commitment to a full-time schedule of 40 hours per week.
  3. Strong background in programming (Google Earth Engine (required) and Python (preferred) or R).
  4. Knowledge of GIS (preferably ArcGIS or QGIS) and remote sensing analysis is desirable.
  5. Strong writing skills
  6. Ability to conduct research independently and yet collegially in a team environment.


  1. A competitive stipend of up to $1,600 monthly, based on education and experience.
  2. Free dormitory-style housing on the SCBI campus.
  3. Interns will have access to a computer and reliable high-speed internet.

Location & terms of appointment:

  1. On-campus internship in Front Royal, VA
  2. Minimum commitment of six months, beginning as soon as possible, with priority to longer-term candidates.
  3. Engaging with a cohort of fellow interns and researchers through regular meetings and communications.

How to apply:

  1. Applications are open until the position is filled.
  2. Apply via the Smithsonian SOLAA system ( Search for “Internship” under “National Zoological Park”. The program name is “Conservation GIS Internship Program”.
  3. Submit a CV and a cover letter detailing:

1)      Statement of Interest

2)      Potential start date and the duration of time you are available for the internship.

3)      Contact information for three references.

4)      Elaborate on your programming experience and skill as much as possible.


1)      Successful candidates may need a background check, which might include fingerprinting at a Smithsonian or police facility.

2)      Due to a high volume of applications received, we are unable to contact each applicant individually regarding the application status. The SOLAA application system will provide the most updated status regarding individual applications and the position.

About SCBI:

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute is located at the north entrance of the Shenandoah National Park in Front Royal, VA, about 60 miles west of Washington, D.C. Dedicated to promoting the conservation of biological diversity, SCBI not only furthers the Smithsonian Institution’s broader objectives but also enriches our understanding by studying endangered species, habitats, and communities. Beyond research, SCBI plays an important role in sharing these insights through advanced studies, professional training programs, and public outreach.

University of Stirling PhD Opportunity

Monitoring Scotland’s fresh waters from space: re-engineering the state-of-art using artificial intelligence

The studentship will be broadly structured into three inter-linked phases: (1) global model development and testing; (2) model validation for UK waters; (3) model fine-tuning and operationalisation – but with flexibility for the student to pursue other complementary research objectives as the project develops.

The studentship will capitalise on the wealth of existing data held by the Earth observation research group at the University of Stirling as well as community-owned databases (e.g., Limnades) and published datasets (e.g., Gloria). This will be augmented by in-situ monitoring data from SEPA and Scottish Water.

The ambition of this studentship is to fundamentally re-think how we use AI/ML methods for water quality mapping from space across the entire data processing pipeline, from pre-processing (e.g., atmospheric correction) through to the quality control post-processing, and possibly even for automating data interpretation. The student will work with experts in Earth observation and data science to re-engineer current approaches to the remote sensing of water quality with the prospect of the outputs of this research being embedded in future versions of the UK Lakes Observatory – our current operational water quality service. With support from key industrial partners, including the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and Scottish Water, this studentship has the potential to transform how we monitor Scotland’s rivers and lochs in the future.


Scotland’s freshwater ecosystems are under significant pressure from a range of stressors including inputs of diffuse pollution from agriculture, wastewater spillages from combined sewer outflows, and the increasing occurrence of hydroclimatic extremes (Marsden & Mackay, 2001; Krokowski, 2022; May et al., 2022). Identifying and understanding the effects of these pressures on water quality is pivotal to inform management and restoration strategies, to apprise future regulatory and policy frameworks, and ultimately to protect biodiversity and human health. However, organisations across the water sector, from government regulators through to water utilities, are finding it increasingly challenging using traditional methods to collect the data they need to evidence decision-making. What is more, the move towards net zero operations is forcing the industry to re-think its use of resources and to seek ‘smarter’ ways of collecting and using data.

Monitoring water quality at scale has always been a challenge. Conventional sampling programmes are resource intensive and, while networks of high frequency autonomous sensors hold much potential, high capital and maintenance costs remain a barrier to deployments at scale. Conversely, satellite remote sensing provides a relatively cost-effective means of collecting data on surface water quality over large geographical scales – while also providing observations at a frequency that enables both short-term events (e.g., storm-induced sediment resuspension, algal blooms) and longer-term changes (e.g., those driven by catchment land-use and hydroclimate change) to be resolved. However, the accurate estimation of water quality parameters (e.g., turbidity, chlorophyll-a) remains a challenge for applications over inland waters – particularly for smaller waterbodies only observable from platforms such as the Copernicus Sentinel-2 constellation (Palmer et al., 2015).

Much effort has been invested over the last decade in the development, validation, and fine-tuning of algorithms for the retrieval of water quality parameters from satellite data. Various solutions have been proposed from relatively simplistic empirical models to more complex physics-based solutions (Neil et al., 2019). Recently, there has been renewed interest in the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) approaches to overcome some of the common limitations of more conventional solutions to the inversion of satellite data. Numerous AI/ML methods have been used to assist water quality mapping from space (Pahlevan et al., 2021; Werther et al., 2022; Yang et al, 2022), some with notable success but, in spite the ever-increasing research base, there remains little consensus on what AL/ML methods perform best and how to apply them.


USEPA Federal Post-Doc Opportunity!

Satellite Water Quality Modeling and Forecasting Federal Post-Doc Opportunity with the USEPA

This position is open until December 13, 2023 and is based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.  Blake Schaeffer is the hiring manager.

This is an opportunity in the Watershed and Ecosystem Characterization Division, Ecosystem Condition Branch. The Ecosystem Condition Branch supports the Clean Water Act by developing methods and indicators to monitor and assess aquatic environments. This position will focus on development, enhancement, and operational transition of national models for forecasting freshwater harmful cyanobacteria blooms and seagrass habitat change, combined with emerging remote sensing technologies. Examples include Bayesian spatio-temporal methods, machine learning or neural networks to forecast cyanobacterial blooms across 2,200 of the largest lakes using satellite data from the Cyanobacteria Assessment Network (, and for seagrass classification from commercial satellites through the NASA Commercial Smallsat Data Acquisition Program. These projects are on the cutting edge of water quality monitoring and applied satellite operations for water quality management. The candidate will have opportunities to interact with multiple federal agencies and academic universities related to satellite water quality research for inland waters and estuaries. The candidate will participate in a multidisciplinary team and have opportunities to publish, and present research findings at scientific conferences and various stakeholder engagement meetings.

Here is a direct link to the advertisement with instructions on how to apply:

Call for Nominations GEO AquaWatch Management Team

DEADLINE December 6th!

AquaWatch, the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) water quality initiative is developing and building the global capacity and utility of EO-derived water quality data, products and information to support effective monitoring, management and decision making. GEO AquaWatch seeks nominations of individuals to serve on our Management Team for the 2023-2026 triennium. Early Career  Scientists are encouraged to apply.  These roles are unpaid and voluntary.  

This call seeks individuals from diverse backgrounds and expertise within the water quality community including governmental agencies; academia; industry representatives; and non-governmental-, non-profit-, and intergovernmental-organizations. A variety of stakeholder perspectives is sought for this role – from the data production to the end users. Self-nominations are welcome. 

The call seeks candidates with any of the following expertise:

  • Operational Forecasting
  • Research Interest in the Earth Observation and Water Quality realm
  • Responsibility for protection and stewardship of inland and coastal waters;
  • Public administration supporting conservation planning, habitat restoration, ecosystem services, sustainable management practices;
  • Environmental law and standards, or policy and diplomacy of water quality uses;
  • Science communication, education, and outreach;
  • Hazard mitigation and disaster response management.

The Management Team ensures the GEO AquaWatch Goals and Objectives are met and carefully considers efforts and activities promoted or endorsed by the Initiative. They are the Working Group Co-Leaders and ensure timely accomplishment and quality control of GEO AquaWatch Workplan Activities undertaken by Working Groups.  The Management Team meets monthly via teleconference.  Management Team members serve a 3-year term with opportunity to be reappointed for a second 3-year term.  The expected time commitment is 5-10 hours per month. Please refer to the GEO AquaWatch Management Team Terms of Reference.

Read the full Call for Nominations here.

If you are interested in nominating someone to serve on the GEO AquaWatch Management Team, please send the name and contact information of your nominee along with and brief statement on the nominee’s experience and expertise relevant to GEO Aquawatch (LinkedIn Profile, CV, resume or websites links) to with the subject line “Nomination for GEO AquaWatch Management Team” by December 6, 2023. Review of applications to serve is expected to commence by December 7, 2023, with notification of selected candidates by December 20, 2023. Selected nominees will receive invitations to serve from GEO AquaWatch. For additional information about GEO AquaWatch, please see the GEO AquaWatch website.

Call for INBO newsletter contributions

Preparations are starting for the edition of INBO Newsletter n°31 !

(Desplácese hacia abajo para español)

Published every year, and distributed in 3 languages (French, English, Spanish) all over the world, this Newsletter aims at giving an account of the richness of the actions and analyses carried out by the members of our Network, as well as by our partner organizations.


Thanks to your contributions, this support has become, over the years, a real source of information and reflection for the operational implementation of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), the vocation of our Network. In this year 2023, we invite you to repeat the exercise and are pleased to share with you our call for contributions.


As in the previous edition, this issue will deal with INBO news, regional networks and partners, their projects, publications and events and, more broadly, it will be structured around the four main thematic priorities essential for the operational implementation of IWRM :

  • Financing : the “user pays” and “polluter pays” principles, the role of States, local authorities, citizens and donors, water prices…, (We are generally short of contributions on this topic, so we strongly encourage you to submit articles on this subject: a simple presentation of the funding system for organisations in charge of water resource management at basin level and the financial resources mobilised to implement their management plans would be of definite interest for exchanging experiences on the various existing approaches),
  • Governance : participatory and intersectoral management, legal and institutional frameworks, public policies…,
  • Knowledge : data collection and processing, qualitative and quantitative monitoring network, remote sensing and satellite, warning systems, information system, training…,
  • Planning: inventory/diagnosis of water resources, identification of priorities, development and implementation of basin strategies and plans, etc.


If you have ideas on current events, innovative programmes and projects, the desire to share your analysis on public policies or relevant tools for the sector, we invite you to share your contributions by 30 November 2023.


We would like to receive a contribution (maximum of 2250 characters, including spaces ) focusing on the results and lessons learned, with elements of context, the issues at stake, the difficulties to be overcome and the solutions adopted. 


It is of course possible for those who wish to do so to make additional proposals that do not deal specifically with these themes.


We will try to make the most of each partner’s contributions in the publication. However, in view of the large number of articles received each year, we reserve the right to publish them on INBO’s website in order to highlight the reflections that cannot be published in the Newsletter.


We thank you in advance for your valuable contributions, which will help us disseminate the analyses and good practices carried out by each INBO member or partner organization.

Best regards.

Eric Tardieu – Secretary General of INBO


If you have any questions, please contact the INBO Permanent Technical Secretariat by e-mail at


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 Chers membres, Chers amis,


Les préparatifs commencent pour l’édition de la Lettre du RIOB n°31  !


Publiée chaque année, et diffusée en 3 langues (français, anglais, espagnol) dans le monde entier, cette Lettre d’information vise à rendre compte de la richesse des actions et des analyses portées par les membres de notre Réseau, ainsi que de nos organismes partenaires.


Grâce à vos contributions, ce support est devenu, au fil des ans, une réelle source d’information et de réflexion pour la mise en oeuvre opérationnelle de la Gestion Intégrée des Ressources en Eau (GIRE), la vocation de notre Réseau. En cette année 2023, nous vous invitons à renouveler l’exercice et avons le plaisir de partager avec vous notre appel à contribution.


Comme dans l’édition précédente, ce numéro traitera de l’actualité du RIOB, des réseaux régionaux et des partenaires, de leurs projets, publications et évènements et, plus largement, il s’articulera autour des quatre grandes priorités thématiques indispensables à une mise en œuvre opérationnelle de la GIRE :

  • Financement : principes « utilisateur/payeur » et « pollueur/payeur », rôle des Etats, des autorités locales, des citoyens et des bailleurs de fonds, prix de l’eau… (nous manquons généralement de contributions sur ce thème ; nous encourageons donc fortement vos propositions d’article sur ce sujet : une simple présentation du système de financement des organismes en charge de la gestion des ressources en eau à l’échelle des bassins et des moyens financiers mobilisés pour la mise en œuvre de leurs plans de gestion aurait un intérêt certain pour échanger les expériences sur les différentes approches existantes),
  • Gouvernance : gestion participative et intersectorielle, cadres juridique et institutionnel, politiques publiques…,
  • Connaissance : collecte et traitement de données, réseau de suivi qualitatif et quantitatif, télédétection et satellitaire, systèmes d’alerte, Système d’Information, formation…,
  • Planification : état des lieux/diagnostic de la ressource en eau, identification de priorités, élaboration et mise en œuvre de stratégies et plan de bassin,

Si vous avez des idées de réflexion sur des actualités, des programmes et projets novateurs, l’envie de partager votre analyse sur des politiques publiques ou encore des outils pertinents pour le secteur, nous vous invitons à partager vos contributions au plus tard le 30 novembre 2023.


Nous souhaitons recevoir une contribution (de maximum 2250 signes espaces compris) axée sur les résultats et enseignements obtenus, avec des éléments de contexte, les enjeux en présence, les difficultés à surmonter et les solutions retenues. 


Il reste évidemment possible, pour ceux qui le souhaitent, de faire des propositions complémentaires ne traitant pas spécifiquement de ces thèmes.

Nous tâcherons de valoriser au maximum les contributions de chaque partenaire dans la publication. Cependant, au vu du grand nombre d’articles reçus chaque année, nous nous réserverons le droit  d’une diffusion sur le site du RIOB, afin de mettre en valeur les réflexions qui ne pourront être publiées dans la Lettre.​​​​​​

Nous vous remercions par avance pour vos précieuses contributions, qui nous aideront à diffuser les analyses et les bonnes pratiques portées par chaque organisme membre ou partenaire du RIOB.


Bien cordialement,


Eric Tardieu – Secrétaire Général du RIOB


Pour toute question, merci de bien vouloir vous adresser au Secrétariat Technique Permanent du RIOB par courriel à .




Estimados miembros, Estimados amigos,


¡Comienzan los preparativos para la edición de la Carta de la RIOC n°31!


Publicada cada año y difundida en 3 idiomas (francés, inglés, español) en todo el mundo, esta Newsletter pretende dar cuenta de la riqueza de las acciones y análisis realizados por los miembros de nuestra Red, así como por nuestras organizaciones asociadas.


Gracias a sus contribuciones, este apoyo se ha convertido, a lo largo de los años, en una verdadera fuente de información y reflexión para la aplicación operativa de la Gestión Integrada de los Recursos Hídricos (GIRH), vocación de nuestra Red. En este año 2023, le invitamos a repetir el ejercicio y nos complace compartir con usted nuestra convocatoria de contribuciones.


Como en el número anterior, este número tratará de la actualidad de la RIOC, de las redes y socios regionales, de sus proyectos, publicaciones y eventos y, más ampliamente, se estructurará en torno a las cuatro grandes prioridades temáticas esenciales para la implementación operativa de la GIRH:

  • Financiación : principios “el usuario paga” y “el que contamina paga”, papel de los Estados, de las autoridades locales, de los ciudadanos y de los donantes, precios del agua… (en general, nos faltan contribuciones sobre este tema, por lo que alentamos encarecidamente sus propuestas de artículos al respecto),
  • Gobernanza : gestión participativa e intersectorial, marcos jurídicos e institucionales, políticas públicas…
  • Conocimientos : recogida y tratamiento de datos, red de vigilancia cualitativa y cuantitativa, teledetección y satélite, sistemas de alerta, sistema de información, formación…,
  • Planificación : inventario/diagnóstico de los recursos hídricos, identificación de prioridades, desarrollo y aplicación de estrategias y planes de cuenca,etc.

Si tiene ideas sobre la actualidad, programas y proyectos innovadores, el deseo de compartir su análisis sobre políticas públicas o herramientas relevantes para el sector, le invitamos a compartir sus contribuciones antes del 30 de noviembre de 2023.

Nos gustaría recibir una contribución (máximo de 2250 caracteres incluyendo espacios) centrada en los resultados y las lecciones aprendidas, con elementos de contexto, las cuestiones en juego, las dificultades a superar y las soluciones retenidas. 

Por supuesto, quienes lo deseen pueden hacer propuestas adicionales que no se refieran específicamente a estos temas.

Intentaremos aprovechar al máximo las aportaciones de cada socio en la publicación. Sin embargo, dado el gran número de artículos que se reciben cada año, nos reservamos el derecho de publicarlos en la página web de la RIOC para destacar las reflexiones que no pueden ser publicadas en la Carta.


Les agradecemos de antemano sus valiosas contribuciones, que nos ayudarán a difundir los análisis y las buenas prácticas llevadas a cabo por cada uno de los miembros de la RIOC y organismos asociados.




Eric Tardieu – Secretario general de la RIOC


Si tiene alguna pregunta, póngase en contacto con la Secretaría Técnica Permanente de la RIOC por correo electrónico en