Wildfire frequency and severity is expected to increase in the future due to anthropogenic climate change. With the combined effects of climate change, an increasing human population and the associated land use changes, it is fundamental to understand the patterns, drivers and effects of vegetation fires in order to prevent fires and reduce harm to ecosystems and societies. Collecting data on fire, biodiversity and socio-economic variables is therefore imperative to better understand the feedbacks, tipping points and regime shifts related to the Anthropocene.
Against this background, this project aims to 1) study overall patterns and trends in vegetation fires, and 2) map landscape fires and burn scars at a detailed level, in order to allow for both general and detailed studies of the spatiotemporal patterns of vegetation fires, their drivers and their impacts on the surrounding environment.
The project involves studying time series of coarse scale fire/burned area data, as well as developing products based on more detailed satellite data, such as the Sentinel and Landsat programmes. The project is funded through to the Strategic Research Area Biodiversity and Ecosystems in a Changing Climate (BECC) at Lund University.
The main duties involved in a post-doctoral position is to conduct research. Teaching may also be included, but up to no more than 20% of working hours. The position includes the opportunity for three weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning.
These tasks will be performed:
- Analysis of time series of active fire and burned area data together with ancillary datasets (e.g. biomass, land cover, population)
- Classification of burned area and active fires using medium resolution data from the Landsat and Sentinel programs
- Spatiotemporal analyses of fire behaviour in different contexts
- Publication of high-quality research papers in international journals
- Communication of research results at conferences and workshops
- Actively seeking external research funding
- Communication and outreach outside of academic circles
- Administration related to the work duties listed above
Appointment to a post-doctoral position requires that the applicant has a PhD, or an international degree deemed equivalent to a PhD, within the subject of the position, completed no more than three years before the date of employment decision. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree can have been completed earlier.
- PhD in Physical Geography, Geoinformatics, Environmental Science or a closely related field
- Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
- Experience of publication in peer-review journals
- Demonstrated proficiency in Geographical Information Systems/Spatial Analysis and Earth Observation
- Excellent communication skills, ability to work in a team and independently, and to complete activities on time
Find out more about how to apply, assessment criteria and other qualifications, and terms of employment.
Last application date: 15 October 2023 11:59 PM CEST