Postdoc - Evaluation of the CAMS forecast and reanalysis products

Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), Ministry of Infrastructure and Watermanagement

  • Stand­plaats De Bilt
  • Contractduur 5 years
  • Uren per week 36
  • Maand­salaris €2.811 - €5.139
  • Salaris­niveau schaal 10, schaal 11
  • Niveau Master/doctoraal
  • Vakgebied Onderzoek / wetenschap
  • Reageren voor 10 februari
  • Vacaturenummer KNMI 2021-63
  • Plaatsingsdatum 21 januari 2022
  • Dienst­verband Arbeidsovereenkomst voor bepaalde tijd

Functie­omschrijving

As a Postdoc stationed in De Bilt, the Netherlands, you will assess the quality of the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) forecasts and reanalyses using satellite and surface in-situ and remote sensing observations.

Job description
You will evaluate the CAMS service products by comparing them against independent observations. Your activities will consist of the processing of satellite and surface in-situ and remote sensing observations as well as CAMS model fields. You will be setting up procedures to generate routine validation results. You will interpret these validation results in terms of CAMS model processes and data assimilation procedures and you will be responsible for sections in the CAMS validation reports. You will work in a large team of international partners and will also be involved in the coordination of tasks within the CAMS contracts. You are expected to contribute to research activities and publications, and the results of your work will be presented during international conferences.

For more information on CAMS please use this link https://www.knmi.nl/research/satellite-observations/projects/validation-of-the-copernicus-atmosphere-monitoring-service-cams

Please note: this is a temporary position for the duration of maximum 5 years.

The way we work
You will be part of a small ambitious team of scientists, consisting of about 10 people, studying atmospheric composition and emissions of air pollutants using observations from satellite instruments such as TROPOMI on Sentinel-5P. You will be invited to join the scientific debates and are expected to actively contribute to activities and publications of the group.

There is a hybrid introduction program available during which you will become acquainted with KNMI and our work. A buddy will help you with all your questions.

Meer over jouw toekomstige afdeling

Research and Development Satellite Observations (RDSW) department, contributes to weather and climate research and monitoring of the Earth system by utilizing the observations of satellites as well as surface remote sensing, balloon, and aircraft observations. Its main research objectives are climate research, air quality and stratospheric ozone. The satellite activities of the department encompass the entire range from collecting user requirements, developing instrument concepts, generating the required satellite products, to atmospheric research using the satellite data.

For more information on the depart please use this link https://www.knmi.nl/research/satellite-observations

KNMI plays a strong international role in the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service CAMS. CAMS is providing daily analyses, forecasts, and reanalyses of global atmospheric composition (polluting gases and aerosols) and European air quality. The satellite products of the group, such as nitrogen dioxide, ozone, and PM observations from the TROPOMI instrument on the satellite Sentinel-5P, are assimilated by CAMS. The KNMI has coordinated the validation activity of CAMS over the past 6 years and has been selected to continue the validation activity for the global CAMS products for the coming 42 months (up to 2025). KNMI is involved also in the validation of the regional air quality forecast products of CAMS.

Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), Ministry of Infrastructure and Watermanagement

The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) is the national institute for weather, climate research and seismology. It disseminates weather information to the public at large, the government, aviation, and the shipping industry in the interest of safety, the economy and a sustainable environment.

The KNMI is administratively part of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Watermanagement is committed to improving quality of life, access and mobility in a clean, safe and sustainable environment. The Ministry strives to create an efficient network of roads, railways, waterways and airways, effective water management to protect against flooding, and improved air and water quality.

 

 

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