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    Salary: Sioux Falls SD
    $76,721 (Step 01) to $99,741 (Step 10).

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    Mendenhall Research Fellowship - Research Opportunity #: 19-40. Land Change monitoring, assessment, and projection (LCMAP): Improving the detection of land surface change using satellite time series data

    We seek proposals that focus on improving methods for detection of land surface change. Current opportunities for research include improving the consistency of change detection algorithms across space and time, testing and implementing additional change detection algorithms, improving the screening of clouds and other noise, increasing the timeliness of land change detection, and integrating additional satellite data sources (e.g. Sentinel-2). Topics of special interest include:

    • While the Landsat wavelength bands used in CCDC are relatively consistent across Landsat 4-8, other possible data sources (including Sentinel-2 and Landsat 1-3) have different bands available, complicating their use for change detection. More diverse data sources (such as radar) are available under different atmospheric conditions and provide information that is not available at Landsat wavelengths. The development of change detection methods with the potential to handle data sources with differing sources and bands is a goal of LCMAP.
    • A more rapid (with a lag of weeks) change detection capability is desired, requiring development and improvement of the CCDC algorithm or investigation of different algorithms that are computationally tractable for continuous calculation as new observations becomes available.
    Geographically, initial research is ideally focused within the United States. Strong candidates are expected to have technical skills applicable to remote sensing and data analysis. The postdoctoral fellow will have opportunities to collaborate with university partners focused on change detection development as well as the LCMAP team at the USGS EROS. Tools to investigate the extensive Landsat archive are being developed at EROS and will be available to support research. This Mendenhall Research Fellowship is an excellent opportunity to participate with a multidisciplinary team in a large-scale remote sensing project.

    Proposed Duty Station: Sioux Falls, SD

    Areas of Ph.D: Remote sensing, geography, geoscience, or related fields (candidates holding a Ph.D. in other disciplines, but with extensive knowledge and skills relevant to the Research Opportunity may be considered).

    Qualifications: Applicants must meet one of the following qualifications for: Research Physical Scientist or Research Geographer

    (This type of research is performed by those who have backgrounds for the occupations stated above. However, other titles (see link below) may be applicable depending on the applicant's background, education, and research proposal. The final classification of the position will be made by the Human Resources specialist.)

    Mendenhall Basic Qualification Requirements:

    Physical/Environmental Demands: Work is usually performed in an office setting. The work area normally involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of offices or meeting and training rooms.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


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