Are you passionate about research? So are we! Come and join us
The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) is a Research and Technology Organization (RTO) active in the fields of materials, environment and IT.
By transforming scientific knowledge into technologies, smart data and tools, LIST empowers citizens in their choices, public authorities in their decisions and businesses in their strategies.
The Environmental Research and Innovation (ERIN) department, made up of 200 life science, environmental science and information technology researchers and engineers, provides the interdisciplinary knowledge, expertise and technologies to lead solutions including the major environmental challenges facing society, such as climate change mitigation, ecosystem resilience, sustainable energy systems, efficient use of renewable resources, and environmental pollution prevention and control.
The department relies on two cutting-edge platforms, the Biotechnologies and Environmental Analytics Platform and the Observatory for the Climate and the Environment, and the GreenTech Innovation Centre (GTIC) : a one-stop-shop for the complete development of bio-based products and processes.
Within the ERIN department, the Environmental Sensing and Modelling’ (ENVISION) unit contributes to this mission by carrying out impact-driven research, geared towards monitoring, forecasting and predicting environmental systems in a changing world.
An interdisciplinary team of around 50 scientists, engineers, post-docs and PhD candidates is developing new environmental process understanding, alongside new tools and technologies operating at unprecedented spatial and temporal scales.
Embedded into the ENVISION unit, the Remote sensing and natural resources modelling’ research group capitalizes on a blend of remote sensing data obtained from space- and air-borne platforms, as well as in-situ measured data (collected from heterogeneous IoT devices), for producing information on the status of natural resources for public and private stakeholders.
How will you contribute?
You will work on the GRASS project
The increase of drought intensity and frequency as a result of global warming constitutes a major threat on the sustainability of water resources and food security.
To contribute to the prediction and mitigation of impacts of droughts, the FNR-funded GRASS project aims to jointly assimilate into a hydrological model two complementary types of Earth Observation data, namely soil moisture retrieved from the Sentinel-1 mission and total water storage changes obtained from GRACE&GRACE-FO.
Regularly controlled process-based model predictions shall then support an agricultural drought monitoring service based on agile drone campaigns over Luxembourg and the Greater Region.
Via advanced hydrological modelling and data assimilation approaches combined with a very high resolution drone monitoring capability, we aim to generate near real-time predictions of high-resolution surface soil moisture, root-zone soil moisture, groundwater and total water storage as well as plant-based water stress indicators over the Greater Region.
The synergistic use of such data sets will :
5) anticipate and characterise agricultural droughts that may occur as a result of hydrological droughts.
Characterizing droughts both from a hydrological and an agricultural point of view is expected to help stakeholders like farmers, local water resources administrations and insurance companies to better anticipate droughts and evaluate their severity.
Through the project, we aim to develop an operational drought awareness system for Luxembourg and the Greater Region.
You will work on the set up and development of the drought forecasting system based on the assimilation of satellite earth observation derived soil moisture (Sentinel-1) and total water storage changes (GRACE&GRACE-FO).
You will rely on a close collaboration with remote sensing scientists and hydrodynamic modellers from LIST and RSS-Hydro.
Your LIST benefits
An environment encouraging curiosity, innovation and entrepreneurship in all areas.
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