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Great Lakes Observing System Data Providers Webinar

Join GLOS for this webinar on April 8th at 1pm EDT!  REGISTER HERE

What’s the webinar about?
The past year has seen an exciting one at GLOS: new staff, new technology, new partnerships, and a new strategic plan to guide the organization through 2025 in support of the Smart Great Lakes Initiative.

Along with the newness has come some important questions from our partners: What does the new strategic plan mean for existing efforts? What new opportunities exist for partnership? How can I leverage GLOS to improve my work and contribute to the overall observing system?

The new strategic plan was crafted to improve the caliber of end-to-end data services GLOS is able to offer to the Great Lakes region, and providing those services means collaborating closely with current and future data providers—those deploying the sensors, buoys, and other technologies that enable us to monitor and understand our lakes.

Tune in to hear an update on how GLOS is working to support monitoring, how to contribute to the new Integrated Ocean Observing System proposal, practical next-steps for sharing your data, and more.

This is an open webinar. Please share with anyone who may be interested in attending.

Hope to see you there, and do reach out with any questions, or visit www.GLOS.us

Deadline Extended! GEO and Google Earth Engine Proposals

Do you have a project using Earth observations to address social or environmental challenges? If you’re from a GEO Member country (see the full list here) or are currently a GEO partner (including Participating Organization, public sector or commercial organization) there is still time to apply for the GEO-Google Earth Engine Programme. 
 

The application deadline has been extended to 15 April 2020.

GEO has partnered with Google to offer 25 licenses for the sustained use of Google Earth Engine (GEE) for projects using Earth observation data to address global challenges related to climate change, sustainable development, disaster risk reduction and others. These 2-year, full-access licenses aim to empower public sector and commercial recipients to tackle significant societal challenges and improve understanding of our planet.

In addition, projects selected will benefit from technical support and guidance from EO Data Science through an outreach programme to help projects get the results needed from GEE, adding valuable knowledge and know-how to the programme.

Please submit your project proposals using the form found here by 15 April 2020.

If you have any questions about the Programme, please see the answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions here.

Australia/U.S. PostDoc and 3 PhD Student Opportunities!

Dr. Nancy Glenn is hiring two post-docs in remote sensing of carbon dynamics with disturbance. This is a great opportunity to work in Australia and with collaborators in the US, and because they have many projects, there is some choice in which the post-docs can pursue. Please see the ad here: https://external-careers.jobs.unsw.edu.au/cw/en/job/498817/postdoctoral-fellow-research-associate-remote-sensing

She also has the opportunity to hire 3 PhD students in Functional diversity mapping with imaging spectroscopy and lidar; Quantifying aboveground carbon loss from wildfires and the influence of drought; and Mapping the global distribution of drylands and their trajectories. Please contact her if you are interested in any of these positions!

Nancy Glenn @NancGlenn
n.glenn@unsw.edu.au or nancyglenn@boisestate.edu

Australian Citizen Science Association Bushfire Response Project Audit

The unprecedented continental scale of the current Australian bushfires is devastating. They have led to the loss of lives, homes, habitats and biodiversity on a huge scale.

In this time of extreme loss, we are buoyed by the amazing response of individuals and communities in this time of crisis.  We believe there is a role for citizen science to assist across multiple disciplines, at scale, in many research and monitoring capacities to contribute to important and valuable science that is needed now and into the future.

ACSA is seeking to support conversations and plans – both short and long term – that help further connect the citizen science community to contribute to the complex efforts required to learn from and understand the impact of the bushfires (see ACSA bushfire response)

The first step we are taking is an audit and gather as many research projects as we can that include fire – bushfire/forest/wildfire as their focus and citizen science as part of their methodologies. We have developed the ACSA Citizen Science Bushfire Response Project survey and we would be very grateful if you could circulate this widely through your networks to all those who might already be working in this area. We are seeking projects across a broad spectrum of subjects, from biodiversity to human health that use a wide range of methodologies, from projects which require on the ground work, to purely online projects where everyone can contribute.

This information will be used to create a publicly available list of active projects and ACSA will work with partners to identify a number of projects that have the potential to contribute on a national scale.

Contact:  Libby Hepburn

libby@atlasoflife.org.au   +61 458 798 990  Merimbula,

New South Wales, Australia

Post-Doc Opportunity University of Victoria/Unversity of British Columbia, BC, CAN

Hakai Coastal Initiative Postdoc Position in Ocean Remote Sensing and spatial-temporal dynamic of coastal marine biophysical provinces of British Columbia and Southeast Alaska

Applications are being accepted for a Hakai Postdoctoral position at the  University of British Columbia, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, and the University of Victoria, Department of Geography as part of the Hakai Coastal Initiative. The postdoc will be based in Victoria, Vancouver Island, and work under the supervision of Dr. Costa at UVic and Dr. Hunt at UBC. The focus of the research is to derive the spatial-temporal dynamic of coastal marine biophysical provinces of British Columbia and Southeast
Alaska based on satellite imagery. The research is expected to address the following:
1. Define the spatial-temporal dynamic of the biogeochemical properties of the coastal oceans of British Columbia and Southeast Alaska? Task: Define the coastal marine biophysical provinces based on time series of Sentinel 3 derived products (2016 to present). This analysis will be used to identify spatially distinct Coastal Ocean Biogeochemical provinces and resolve coastal dynamics at high spatial resolution. (publication expected)
2. Conduct inter-comparison of Sentinel 3 and other products to address retrospective long term analysis (2002- present) of the coastal oceans of British Columbia and Southeast Alaska. Task: Investigate the integration of satellite-derived products at different temporal and scale resolutions to conduct long term analysis. (publication expected) The technical objective of the postdoc project: In collaboration with the Hakai Institute, the postdoc is expected to build upon the already developed imagery processing tools for batch processing of satellite imagery that can be operationally maintained by the Institute.

Ideal qualifications: A Ph.D. degree (completed by the time of appointment) in an optical remote sensing and oceanography and/or Earth systems discipline. Expertise in ocean colour remote sensing/ocean ecology biogeochemistry is ideal. Other fields of expertise to be considered include
oceanography, climate and atmospheric sciences, marine biogeochemistry, phytoplankton ecosystem ecology, scientific computing, and statistics.

Technical skills required: Programming skills (MATLAB®, python), statistical analysis skills, satellite imagery processing, analysis of multi-dimensional large data sets.

Application closure date: February 29, 2020.
Start date: As soon as possible

Position Length: Two years, pending annual review
Salary: $59,000 + benefits

Applicants must submit:
• A CV, including the e-mail and phone number for three references;
• A short cover letter explaining the applicant’s motivation for working on the project and how previous experience qualifies them for this position;
• Reprints of 3 published papers, if available;  Equity and diversity are essential for academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,  racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, arnd/or status as a First Nations, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

Submit applications to:
Maycira Costa (maycira@uvic.ca) and Brain Hunt (b.hunt@oceans.ubc.ca).

Overall project background:
The coastal oceans of BC and SE Alaska are highly complex, influenced by oceanographic, climatic, and  continental runoff processes that vary at different timescales. This region of interaction between continental runoff and the coastal ocean supports diverse food-webs and determines the habitat available to forage fish and salmon, and controls biogeochemical cycling. To date, no attempt has been made to characterize the spatial and temporal dynamics of the BC and SE Alaska coastal oceans. This limits, for example, our ability to understand the ocean conditions experienced by juvenile salmon along their migration route.

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