Measurements of ash in the near surface atmosphere
Research area and project description
Ash in the atmosphere during eruptions, direct emission, and following, due to re-suspension, can cause unhealthy living conditions both near and far away from the volcano. The amount of particulate matter (PM) in these events can be much higher than the health limits. The aim of this project is to find good strategic locations for two optical particle counters (OPC) to measure ash suspension and re-suspension events. The student will assist in finding field sites, doing field survey, and working with the data collected, which includes developing methods for automatic data processing.
This project is supported for 12 months at 50% salaries, and should be used for a 60 ECTS master’s thesis.
This project is collaboration between the Icelandic Met Office (IMO) and the University of Iceland (UI), and is a part of the FutureVolc project funded by the EU FP7. The student will have a workspace at the IMO.
Qualifications and specific competences
- University degree in natural or engineering science
- Knowledge in at least one programming language
- Experience in working with data of advantage
- Experience of field work in Iceland and with measurement instruments are of advantage
Starting date: As soon as possible in spring (March) 2013, but no later than 1 June 2013.
Duration: 12 months (50% salaries support).
Deadline for application: The position is open for application until 28. February.
Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact Throstur Thorsteinsson, Associate Professor, UI – ThrosturTh (at) hi.is, and Sibylle von Löwis, researcher IMO - sibylle (at) vedur.is.
- Cover letter, including motivation (max. 1 page).
- Academic background. Transcripts in one file (don't have to be official at this stage).
- Curriculum Vitae.
You must send the following information, in English or Icelandic, to Borgar Æ. Axelsson, Bústaðavegur 7, 150 Reykjavík or per e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org labeled “Measurements of ash in the atmosphere”