Open Source Satellite Applications for Land & Water Resource Management (Ref 17/05)

Company: Pixalytics Ltd

Location: Plymouth, Devon

Supervisor: Dr Samantha Lavender

Company Description: Pixalytics Ltd is an independent consultancy company specialising in Earth observation. It combines cutting-edge scientific knowledge with satellite and airborne data to provide answers to questions about our planet’s resources and behaviour.

Project Description: This 2-3 month placement will continue Pixalytics’s development of satellite applications linked to agriculture, soil moisture and flood mapping with input datasets including both optical and radar imagery.

This role would help develop and enhance existing applications by applying mathematical algorithms to satellite data to create new information, together with undertaking quality testing in advance of application release. The applications are based on open source software, primarily written in Python.

We’ll provide training and support in satellite remote sensing, if necessary. As we have a wide variety of applications, we’d be happy to tailor the placement dependant on the skills and personal interests of the chosen individual.

As a guide, the Pixalytics blog includes articles written by previous placement students e.g. http://www.pixalytics.com/spinning-python-green.

Student Specification:

  • A numerate, scientific and/or computing degree
  • Programming: should have skills in a language such a Python, as writing code will be a key focus of the placement

The Nitty Gritty: Start week of the induction / first week of July, (Induction Day will be at Harwell on Monday 26 June). Salary of £1,300 pcm. Details of placement length will be discussed with successful candidate, but will be a minimum of two months.

Closing Date for Applications: This role is now closed.

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