NSIDC Release New MODIS Mosaic of Antarctica
The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) is pleased to announce the release of the MODIS Mosaic of Antarctica 2008-2009 Image Map (MOA2009). This data set consists of two cloud-free digital image maps that show surface morphology and a quantitative measure of mean optical surface snow grain size on the Antarctic continent and surrounding islands.
MOA2009 represents the second in a series of MOA image mappings. The image map products have been generated and presented in a near-identical manner as the first mapping, the MODIS Mosaic of Antarctica 2003-2004 image Map (MOA2004). MOA2004 has also been updated with several new grain size image files providing both springtime and summer estimates of mean snow grain size.
A third MOA image mapping, based on data from the 2013-2014 austral summer (MOA2014), is planned for future publication later this year.
The data for MOA2009 were generated from 259 orbit swaths from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrumentation on board the NASA EOS Aqua and Terra satellites. The algorithm and tools for assembling the mosaic were developed by the NASA Cryospheric Sciences Program. Final processing and some adjustments to the snow grain size were completed under the NASA MEaSUREs Antarctic Ice Velocity grant. The Antarctic Glaciological Data Center (AGDC) at NSIDC offers data access, tools and information at the following page:
Messaging, Augmented Reality and Geofencing
I have just been reading about a new way to combine messaging, augmented reality and geofencing over on the New Scientist website. Essentially the app, Traces, would allow users to create a mini-treasure hunt for their mates. So:
- you send them a message which tells them to go to a location
- they go there and launch the app
- they see a bubble floating in the air on the screen
- they burst the bubble and reveal the treasure which could be a media file, or a link to a present that you have bought them
Quite a nice little concept really which has lots of interesting applications when you think about it. I am sure you could use it in teaching and learning as well to direct students to places where they then discover information related to that place or object.
Date August 5, 2014
Free "Dive into Python" eBook
I have just been reminded by GIS Lounge of the excellent and free eBook Dive into Python.
Python is now firmly established as the language of choice for developers who create plugins for software such as ESRI ArcGIS and QGIS. It is a relatively simple and intuitive language to learn and would certainly be towards the top of the list of languages that i would recommend to GIS students. It really allows you to leverage the most out of GIS packages.
To request your own copy, just click the link below and register your details to receive the download link.
Challenging RISK: PhD Studentship
The EPSRC funded project “Challenging RISK: Achieving Resilience by Integrating Societal and Technical Knowledge” focuses on aspects of earthquake, fire hazards and community engagement. Within this project we have an opportunity for a suitable candidate to be funded for a PhD studentship. The studentship will be supervised by Professor Mordechai (Muki) Haklay (with further support and guidance from Patrick Rickles) and will start in the autumn of 2014, within UCL’s Extreme Citizen Science group.
The project is concerned with socially integrated mitigation of multiple structural risks in the urban environment, with a focus on the linked risks of earthquake and fire, and will develop not only new technical engineering solutions to these problems, but also account for the social context within which they are to be enacted. This multi-hazard risk mitigation approach hopes to create a holistic solution through interactions with communities, local authorities and construction industries, increasing the uptake of structural and non-structural mitigation measures, resulting in reduced life and economic losses. This is a multi-disciplinary project in which we are integrating expertise from Fire Engineering, Earthquake Engineering, Structural Engineering, Psychology, Geographic Information Science and Citizen Science.
The candidate must have a first or upper second class degree at undergraduate level and at least a Merit (2.1) in a Master's degree, a relevant professional diploma or equivalent experience. It is highly desirable if the candidate has a combination, between their Undergraduate and Master degrees, diploma or experience, of some of the following disciplines: Engineering Science, Psychology, Communications, Anthropology, Human Geography and Information Science. Knowledge of GIS and geographical analysis would be advantageous, as well as experience in participatory research methods, such as participatory GIS or citizen science.
Salary: a stipend of £15,726 per annum tax free
Closing Date: 15 August, 2014 (extended from 31st July)
Ice and Climate Research RA - University of Sheffield
The Department of Geography at the University of Sheffiled are looking to appoint 2 Postdoctoral Research Associates in the field of Ice and Climate Research. They are looking for candidates to bring research ideas and as such this is a great opportunity for anyone who has just finished their PhD or PostDoc. The research could certainly incorporate GIS or Remote Sensing.
The Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield is one of the top 25 worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2014) with research and teaching at the cutting edge of contemporary geography. As one of the largest geography departments in the UK, we have a vibrant community of undergraduates, postgraduates and post-doctoral researchers.
They seek to appoint two Research Associates who will develop their research by collaborating with members of the Ice and Climate Research at Sheffield (ICERS) group and begin a new research agenda. You will work with ICERS colleagues to develop at least one proposal to gain further support for a research project.
Candidates will have recently finished or be finishing a PhD or postdoctoral research position in a relevant discipline and have a desire to work amongst the ICERS group. The ability to think creatively, generate own ideas and guide and motivate own research is essential.
Salary: £28,972 to £36,661
Closing Date: 25th August 2014
Research Fellow in Applied Agri-Informatics - Cranfield
The School of Energy, Environment and Agrifood, Department of Agrifood at Cranfield University is looking to recruit a Research Fellow in Applied Agri-Informatics. AgriFood has been a key strategic theme at Cranfield University for over 40 years.
As part of this project, you will work within an interdisciplinary team comprising of soil scientists, database managers, agronomists, informaticists and will be jointly responsible for writing academic papers and participating in project meetings. You will present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies.
You will have a PhD in a cognate research area, principally numerical modelling of soil/agricultural or natural systems or related discipline. You should have proven experience in modelling of crop, environmental, soil and/or agricultural systems and numerical methods. Working in interdisciplinary environments, good contextual understanding of soil and agricultural systems, the ability to work in the field, and a track record of scientific publication is desirable. You must have knowledge of modelling, statistical analysis, spatial processes and informatics approaches, as well as be skilled in numerical process modelling, computer programming, GIS/Remote sensing, technical writing and data-fusion methods.
Salary: £30,542 to £34,042 per annum
Ref Number: 1641
Closing Date: 8 September 2014
Hydrological Modeller - CEH
CEH are looking for someone who is enthusiastic and well motivated to work with a team of hydrological modellers within the Water Resource Assessment Group. You will be involved in the setting up and running of hydrological and water quality models. You will concentrate on the “UK Drought - Developing a drought narrative resource” project looking at how different sectors and users, as well as the ecosystem services demand, will be met during future drought events. The model will be run under present and future climate change scenarios up to 2099.
You will need:
- A Degree in a relevant discipline together with relevant experience
- Proven ability in using and exploring large datasets using GIS software
- Experience of running catchment scale models calibrated and validated using the available measured data (stream flows, soil moisture, etc.).
- Excellent communication skills
In addition NERC offer a public sector pension scheme, 30 days’ annual leave and 10½ days’ public and privilege holiday per annum.
Job Ref: IRC152653
Salary: £26,715 - £30,000 (pro-rata)
Closing Date: 4 September 2014. Date August 4, 2014
Sustrans mapping volunteer
If you have GIS and mapping and are looking for a bit of work experience then you might be interested to know that Sustrans are looking for some mapping help.
Sustrans are currently looking for a mapping volunteer who can help us to digitize Phase 1 habitat survey data. This is part of our Greener Greenways project which aims to create wildlife corridors on our greenways. The project will enable us to audit, preserve and promote biodiversity on the NCN, and also involve new groups of people in understanding the natural world around them. Greener Greenways focuses on 38 traffic free walking and cycling routes owned or managed by Sustrans, across Wales, North West of England, Yorkshire and the Humber, the Midlands and Scotland.
- They are looking for someone who is familiar with GIS, and preferably mapinfo as well.
- Commitment to sustainable transport for volunteer travel.
- Time commitment - Between 1 – 3 days per week ideally, for a 3 – 4 month period. Starting August – September 2014.
Closing date: 29th August 2014
Date July 31, 2014
An Introduction to Spatial Microsimulation Using R
The University of Leeds, as part of the TALISMAN project, are running a course in "An Introduction to Spatial Microsimulation Using R".
Spatial microsimulation is a statistical method by which individual-level data is generated for small areas by combining national surveys with geographically aggregated census data. Much has been written about the technique in academic journals, but there has been less work explaining the practicalities of its implementation, generally, and its customisation for specific purposes. Journal articles have tended to present key results, but not the underlying code, therefore hindering reproducibility. This 1.5 day course fills this knowledge gap taking an explicitly practical and pragmatic approach to spatial microsimulation. Its aim is to allow attendees to harness spatial microsimulation for their own needs by providing example data and code. To this end the course uses R, a free, open source and extensible statistical language that is becoming the de facto standard for statistical analysis.
Some experience with R is highly recommended. No prior knowledge of spatial microsimulation is assumed (but would be useful): we will begin from first principles, using simple examples to ensure understanding of every step.
Cost: £45 for UK registered postgraduate students; £90 for academics/staff at Institutes of Higher Education, public sector staff and staff at registered charity organisations. £220 for all others.
Where: University of Leeds
When: September 18th 9.30am-4.30pm and September 19th 9.30am -1.30pm
Senior App developer jobs - OS
Ordnance Survey are looking to recruit 2 app developers to join their expanding team. The OS have recently released a couple of great apps that utalise their quality basemaps.
As a senior software engineer you will play a proactive role in shaping the IS department going forward and provide technical leadership to the business. Ideally you will have an enthusiasm for all things mobile, an innovative approach and a willingness to foster and promote a start-up culture with all the associated behaviours and working practices.
You will have experience of working in high performing Agile teams and a proven track record of delivery, underpinned with good software engineering practice. You will also be able to influence the stakeholders around you both in IS and the rest of the business and have a full repertoire and toolbox covering all aspects of training, coaching and mentoring, to lead other software engineers and their teams to achieve their maximum potential.
You will need to demonstrate your track record against the following essential criteria and competencies:
- Expert knowledge of and proven track record of mobile application development.
- Expert knowledge and skills in software engineering and industry best practice
- Proven track record of implementing new engineering techniques within agile teams
- Very good track record of coaching and mentoring.
They are specifically looking to recruit 1 Senior Android Developer and 1 Senior iOS Developer.
Salary: £39,242.00 - 46,786.00
Closing Date: 1st August
Date July 29, 2014