PhD Scholarship in Ice Sheet Monitoring from Satellites and Aircraft, Denmark 2011

The research theme of the PhD. will involve development of methods for cryosphere monitoring from satellites (GRACE, IceSat and CryoSat-2) as well as airborne measurements, and the application to the Greenland ice sheet as well as North Atlantic region ice caps (e.g., Svalbard and Iceland). The overall goal is to obtain consistent results of ice mass loss estimates by combination of different types of remote sensing data, including validation by in-situ or other glaciological data. The PhD project includes especially focus on analysis of Cryosat-2 data, as well as recent airborne altimetry data from both European and NASA field campaigns in and around Greenland. The candidate will join the Nordic Centre of Excellence SVALI (, and is supported by the Nordic Top-level Research Initiative as well as DTU. The general aims of SVALI are to quantify the current and future melt-rate of land-based ice in the Arctic and North-Atlantic region, including the assessment of current and future effects on sea level and ocean circulation. The PhD. student will be enrolled in the DTU PhD. programme, and the studies carried out in close Nordic cooperation, especially the Norwegian Life University in Ås, Norway. It is expected that the ph.d. student will make extended research stays at relevant Nordic scientific groups as part of the SVALI cooperation.

Candidates should hold a M.Sc. degree in geophysics, glaciology or remote sensing, or similar academic qualifications. Preference will be given to candidates good skills in computer programming and experience with satellite data or geodesy.

Scholarship Deadline: 1 November 2011

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