About the Project
For this project, you will quantify spatial variability in snow properties, simulate satellite observations with the Snow Microwave Radiative Transfer (SMRT) model and compare the results with data. You will then use these simulations at the Met Office to demonstrate whether SMRT, given snow information from a land surface model, provides a better interpretation of satellite data than currently possible from operational systems. Consequently, this project offers the potential to change weather forecasting.
This is a CASE studentship project with the Met Office. Whilst at the Met Office you will have the opportunity to gain experience in weather forecast systems and have laboratory access to remote sensing instruments like those currently in space. At Northumbria you will develop expertise in remote sensing, numerical modelling techniques, and earth system modelling. This project uses existing data so does not rely on new fieldwork, but because of the research activities of the supervisory team you will likely have the opportunity to participate in airborne campaigns with the Met Office and learn how to measure snow in the Arctic with Northumbria University.
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