Iceberg detection with satellite data (17/14)

Company: The Open University, Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

Location: Milton Keynes

Company Description: The Open University has committed, through the creation of the Space Strategic Research Area (Space SRA), to generating a step-change in its capability to address global challenges and its role in the growth of the space sector of the UK economy. The aim of the Space SRA is to contribute to significant cross-fertilization of people, instrumentation, and ideas. To support research infrastructure, develop research leadership, and cultivate new collaborations and partnerships.

Project Description: Satellite remote sensing is playing an important role in facilitating science and supporting economy in the Arctic. This is becoming even more relevant after the ESA game changing decision to provide all Earth Observation data for free. Arctic observation largely exploits data from satellite microwave sensors, since they do not rely on solar illumination and they are only slightly affected by cloud cover. In this project, you will face the challenge of detecting icebergs in radar images acquired by the Sentinel-1 satellites. You will work with a novel algorithm and you will analyse a time series of satellite images acquired around East Greenland which may reveal trends in iceberg production.

The skills you will acquire are relevant for organisations preparing activities in the Arctic, since remote sensing with microwave data (radars and radiometers) is routinely carried out during and before expeditions. You will also be collaborating with universities in Norway and contributing to making expeditions and navigating in the Arctic safer.

Student Specification:

  • The person should be studying toward a degree in Engineering, Physics, Environmental Science or related subjects.
  • Knowledge of either Matlab or Python scripting languages is beneficial, but not compulsory

The Nitty Gritty:

8 week fixed term contract to be agreed with the successful candidate, but expected to start during June 2017. £310 per week (£1,350 pcm) gross. Induction Day will be at Harwell on 26 June 2017.

Closing Date for Applications: This role is now closed.

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