Project SP15l: GIS Analysis of Eastern North Pacific Ship Track Climatology

Project SP15l: GIS Analysis of Eastern North Pacific Ship Track Climatology   
Researcher: Adrienne Tucker   
Position type: data compilation and analysis, GIS, remote sensing, climatology
Application deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 1, 2014

Application URL:

Position description

This project explores ship tracks (cloud-altering ship stack effluents) off the coast of the western U.S. A literature review will be conducted for familiarization with current research. The student will gain experience with data collection and database management by extracting information about the ship tracks from satellite imagery. Using existing satellite data, the student will georeference and trace ship tracks in two June months (2009 and 2011) for the study region, 20-50°N, 115-145°W. Any observable trends will be identified and further analyzed collaboratively by the mentor and student. The researcher will peruse relevant literature, assist with compiling a monthly climatology, map ship tracks using a GIS, and describe spatial and statistical patterns of ship track data.   

Desired qualifications 

Desired skills include knowledge of climatology, ability to collect satellite-based data, and proficiency using ArcGIS. 

Candidates must be willing to contribute 40–120 total hours of work toward the project over the semester, resulting in 1–3 credit hours applied to the transcript. There is no monetary stipend attached to this assistantship, although the experiences gained in this work will be immediately valuable when applying for graduate school or full-time employment.

To apply

Prospective candidates should submit application to by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 1, 2014.
A complete application must include:
1. All required fields of online form:

2. A one-page cover letter identifying the position for which you're applying and stating your interest in conducting research, your academic preparation, the skills you hope to gain from this experience, and contact information of two references.

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3. A resume

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