Vacancy Water insight/IVM PhD. position Research of Eutrophic lakes using optical remote sensing techniques



This PhD position will focus on the research of Eutrophic lakes using optical remote sensing techniques. Satellite images of lakes reveal patterns that are related to the water composition. These images can be translated into spatial quantitative estimates of:
  1. Optical properties (IOPs) such as absorption and scattering, and attenuation
  2. Concentrations of Chlorophyll-a (as proxy for phytoplankton biomass), total suspended matter, colored dissolved organic matter, and Phycocyanin (as proxy for the amount of cyanobacteria)
The PhD researcher will be based in Wageningen (the Netherland) at Water Insight during the first year. The work will be performed in close contact with researchers from the Institute of Environmental Studies of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. During the first year the lake IJssel will be studied. In the next 2 years, a large portion of time will be spent in Tartu Observatory (Estonia) to analyze Lake Peipsi data.The final year will be spent in the Netherlands at Water Insight and IVM. The researcher will participate in a growing international network with researchers from amongst others Estonia, Sweden, Finland and Germany.
Closing date of the vacancy is 10 june 2011. The PhD position will start as soon as possible. Further information can be requested from Dr. Steef Peters via: