Wetland ‘FLUXNET’ synthesis for methane

Stanford, California
Apr 20, 2018
May 20, 2018
Wetland ‘FLUXNET’ synthesis for methane
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Stanford University, NASA Goddard, and the University of British Columbia seek a full-time postdoctoral earth scientist or engineer to understand and predict CH4 fluxes across wetlands globally. We are undertaking a synthesis of CH4 flux tower data accompanying a global database of eddy covariance CH4 emissions. By analyzing continuous and high-measurement frequency of flux measurements, our synthesis should provide novel insights into the controls and timing of wetland CH4 emissions. We also plan to apply machine learning algorithms to upscale site-level fluxes to develop a new globally gridded methane product, analogous to what has been done previously for CO2. This database will help parameterize and benchmark the performance of land-surface models of global CH4 emissions, providing a unique opportunity for informing and validating biogeochemical models. Project investigators include Rob Jackson (jacksonlab.stanford.edu), Ben Poulter (https://science.gsfc.nasa.gov/sed/bio/benjamin.poulter), and Sara Knox (https://www.geog.ubc.ca). This international collaboration through the Global Carbon Project (globalcarbonproject.org) is part of a larger effort to improve understanding of sources and sinks in the global methane cycle funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the USGS Powell Synthesis Center. The postdoctoral scientist will have opportunities to interact with other researchers examining tropical and permafrost methane emissions. Send a CV, statement of interests, and three letters of recommendation to: rob.jackson@stanford.edu and saraknox@stanford.edu. Stanford is an equal opportunity employer; minority applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Please apply by June 1st, 2018, for full consideration.