Project FA15e: Impacts of volcanic eruptions on high elevation forests in central Japan

Project FA15e: Impacts of volcanic eruptions on high elevation forests in central Japan

Researcher: Amanda Young

Semester for work to be done: Fall 2015

Position type: Remote sensing and GIS analysis

Application deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 15, 2015

Application URL:

Project description

On September 27, 2014, Mt. Ontake in central Japan erupted, killing 54 people viewing the fall foliage. The fall foliage on Mt. Ontake as with mountains in the Japanese Alps are spectacular due to the contrasting colours of the treeline birch with the greens of the subalpine fir found below the birch and pine mats above. This project will examine the influence of the eruption on three forest types surrounding the peak. The research assistant for this project will find and download satellite imagery before and after the eruption to detect changes in vegetation due to the eruption. To quantify changes, Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) will be calculated on the various images and the change between images as well as between forest types will be calculated.

Desired qualifications

Required GEOG 362 and 363, prefer additional GIS, Remote Sensing and Biogeography. Candidates must have experience with ArcGIS and experience processing remotely sensed imagery in ENVI is desired. Candidates must be willing to contribute 40–80 total hours of work toward the project over the semester, resulting in 1–2 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 Friday, May 15, 2015.

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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