Summer Internship to perform remote sensing field data analysis
(to be based in USGS, Flagstaff, AZ)
Remote Sensing Field Data Analysis of China and Develop Spectral Signatures
During year 2007, a large volume (1000+ points) of field-plot data were collected for China
focusing on irrigated and rainfed croplands. The data collected includes GPS locations, cropland
types (irrigated or rainfed), land cover types, water use (ground water or surface), digital
photographs etc. The data was collected for the NASA funded project entitled: â€œDeveloping land
cover data products in monsoon Asia over the period of 2004-2007 through integration of Landsat and multitemporal
ALOS/PALSAR images' (NASA NRA NNH07ZDA001N; ROSES 2007) (PI: Prof. Xiangming Xiao,
University of Oklahoma ). This data is currently available with Dr. Prasad S. Thenkabail of
USGS, Flagstaff, Arizona.
The purpose of this advertisement is to seek a graduate student who is willing to spend summer
months (full time) + additional time if necessary at USGS flagstaff office for streamlining and
analyzing this dataset. It is possible to continue full or part time in fall as well. The data will
server many purposes in science applications (e.g., training or accuracy assessment for remote
sensing analysis). The specific tasks for this position will be:
A. Streamlining field-plot data on agricultural croplands of China (and possibly India);
B. Creating a well organized database (spatial and non spatial) that will link attribute data to
geolocations and digital photos; uploading field photos to the Global Geo-Referenced Field
Photo Library (http://www.eomf.ou.edu/photo-browser/) and geo-reference these photos.
C. Create MODIS based ideal spectral data bank (ISDB) on irrigated and rainfed croplands;
D. Perform statistical analysis of the data;
E. Documentation and write up, with possibility of a scientific paper.
The candidate will work under the guidance of Dr. Prasad S. Thenkabail (Research Geographer,
USGS) and will be based in Flagstaff, AZ. He/she will gain working on a NASA funded research
based in USGS.
The position is ideal for a summer intern and/or a freshly graduated student looking to gain few
months of research experience. It is also ideal for a student doing a Masters degree or just
graduated from Bachelors to gain some very valuable experience.
The student is expected to have basic skills in data analysis with familiarity following software
packages: Excel, Arcview/ArcGIS, and knowledge of statistics. Knowledge in image processing
(e.g., ERDAS/ERMapper) and SAS is a plus.
Monthly Salary would be in the range of $1,700 to $2,000/month, dependent upon the
experience of the candidate.
If you are interested, please contact: Dr. Prasad S. Thenkabail (firstname.lastname@example.org;
email@example.com; Tel.: 928-556-7221) andor Prof. Xiangming Xiao