Ph.D. position on Remote sensing of soil organic carbon

At UCLouvain, Belgium, there is a Ph.D. position on Remote sensing of soil organic carbon. The PhD candidate will develop a system for high resolution mapping soil organic carbon (SOC) at the field scale covering the entire Walloon territory (16 900 km²) in the framework of the Plan de Relance de la Wallonie. The focus will be on croplands as these are most vulnerable to SOC loss. The soil mapping performances of European Sentinel 2 and Sentinel 1 satellites as well as of the Italian PRISMA and the German EnMAP satellites will be investigated. Methods will have to be developed based on a reference sampling strategy and the scaling up to the Walloon region will have to be assessed precisely. The system should be based on Earth Observation data calibrated and validates by regional soil data bases and should provide up-to-date SOC maps for at least two separate time slices (with an interval of 3-5 years). More information about this position can be found online:

This vacancy will be listed up to and including 28 February 2023.  The preferred start date will be March 2023.

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