CIRFA partner Northern Research Institute Narvik (Norut Narvik) is hiring a PhD research fellow within CIRFA work package 3 Oil Spill Remote Sensing:
Organisation: Norut Narvik
Location: Narvik, Norway
Duration: 3 years full-time temporary position
Application deadline: 24 May 2017
In order to facilitate environmentally sound industrial operations, the Ph.D. project will use a multi-sensor approach toward the interpretation of ice conditions to develop and improve models for now-casting and forecasting of ice conditions relevant for oil-in-ice spill response. The project will focus on interpreting ice conditions near shore and onshore in the context of oil spills. These areas bear high potential for impact on humans, land-dwelling animals and birds, and affect an environment that the general public can readily relate to.
The focus of the project will be on mainland Norwegian fjords. Ice and oil spills in fjords are of practical commercial relevance due to potential spills from ships, and since ice is used as a training ground for offshore sea ice operations. Understanding the behavior of ice in fjords and differences between oil in fjord-borne and offshore ice is relevant to training, planning, and execution of operations. Ice in mainland Norwegian fjords has received little attention in the scientific literature and this project is thus expected to make a major contribution to its characterization and relation to ice in Svalbard and the Barents Sea.