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Postdoctoral fellowship at UIUC: Data Assimilation for crop modeling using multisources of satellite remote sensing data

One Postdoctoral Researcher Position in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES) and National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), full-time, 100% (2-year duration, with possibility of extension, contingent upon performance and funding)

Summary: The successful candidate will contribute to assimilating one or multiple satellite observations across the spectral bands (e.g. Visible, NIR, Solar-induced fluorescence, and Thermal infrared) into crop models to investigate crop productivity, water uses and nutrient cycles (e.g. nitrogen) in agroecosystems of the US Corn Belt.

Specific responsibilities include: developing and implementing data assimilation algorithms to integrate multi-source remote sensing observations into numerical models (e.g. land surface model); developing/building new modules for the land surface model or crop model; conducting regional simulations and seasonal predictions; preparing peer-reviewed publications and education materials; and communicating research at professional meetings.

The successful applicant will be working with Dr. Kaiyu Guan (, and a team with strong expertise in satellite remote sensing, ecohydrology, Earth system modeling, and high-performance computing. The applicant will be routinely working on Blue Waters supercomputing system (, the most powerful supercomputer in the U.S. universities.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a Ph.D. in earth and atmospheric science, meteorology, hydrology, environmental engineering, physics, mathematics, or a closely related field. Research background in Earth system modeling (e.g. CLM), data assimilation, thermal remote sensing or boundary layer meteorology is highly preferred. Strong programing skills (e.g., Python, Fortran, C or Matlab in Linux environment) and prior experience in supercomputing or big data analytical systems is required, as the applicant will be working routinely in the Blue Waters supercomputer environment. Candidates will be considered if graduation with a Ph.D. is expected by the targeted starting date. Proficiency in spoken/written English is mandatory. The appointment is two years (renewed annually) and may be extended, contingent upon the performance. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience in relevant research.

Starting Date: Ideal starting time is Jan 1, 2018, but negotiable. The position is open till filled.

Application Process: To ensure full consideration, qualified candidates must send a cover letter, CV, and contact information of three references via e-mail to Dr. Kaiyu Guan ( All requested information must be submitted in order for your application to be considered. Incomplete application will not be reviewed. Applicants will be immediately reviewed upon receiving the application while the search may continue until the position is filled. For further information, please contact: Dr. Kaiyu Guan (, or visit for more information.

The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The administration, faculty, and staff embrace diversity and are committed to attracting qualified candidates who also embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. Visit
Bin Peng, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate
National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental  Sciences (NRES)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

Announcements / Urgently need: structure and water faculty, Civil Engg.
« on: September 12, 2017, 10:37:55 PM »

Amrita University Coimbatore is in requirement of faculty members with PhD in structures and water resources.
As per Times ranking Amrita is No.1 university in international outlook in India.
Overall,  Amrita is No.1 private university in India as per Times and NIRF ranking.

Interested may contact Dr. Sreevalsa:
Or Amrita HR directly


2018 SWAT international Conference to be held at IIT Madras
is now accepting

Abstract Submission Deadline   October 15
Notification of Acceptance          October 30
Early Registration Deadline         November 15
SWAT Workshops                          January 8-9
SWAT Conference                          January 10-12

Conference topics

Large Scale Applications
Climate Change Applications
Sensitivity Calibration and Uncertainty
Biofuel & Plant Growth
Environmental Applications
Sediment, Nutrients, and Carbon
Pesticides, Bacteria, Metals, and Pharmaceuticals
Model Development
Database and GIS Application and Development
Urban Processes and Management
Landscape Processes and Landscape / River Continuum
InStream Sediment and Pollutant Transport
SWAT Development and Application in India
River Basin Management in India
Hydrological Modeling & Remote Sensing Applications
Irrigation Water Management with SWAT


News in Nature

Climate is now a data problem.
”Are we heading even more towards "black boxes"?

How machine learning could help to improve climate forecasts


See comment on PNAS paper by Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Spurious linkages between extreme temperatures and farmer suicides

A recent paper, published by the PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of
Sciences of the United States) and authored by Tamma A. Carleton, titled “Climate
Change and Agricultural Suicides in India” claims that “temperature during India’s
main agricultural growing season has a strong positive effect on annual suicide rates.”


NASA: July 2017 Didn't Even Need an El Niño to Tie For Hottest July in Recorded History


Dear All,

Please find attached the agenda for the workshop on "Performance and
Potential of Wind Energy Systems in India", to be held in Divecha Centre for
Climate Change, IISc, Bangalore, on 22 and 23 August, 2017. The workshop
will be held in the seminar hall of Divecha Centre for Climate Change.

As you are aware, the Indian government has set a target of having 60 GW of
wind capacity by 2022. While installing further wind mills, it would be very
useful to investigate the performance of the existing wind farms. A workshop
discussing performance of existing wind plants, wind potential and off-shore
wind would be very relevant at this point of time.

All are welcome.

It would be great if you could please confirm your participation by sending
an email to so that we can make the necessary
arrangements accordingly.

Warm Regards,


Announcements / postdoc positions in Earth System modelling at PIK
« on: August 15, 2017, 09:31:31 PM »

Dear colleague, please note that we have interesting postdoc positions to fill - I'd be grateful if you could pass this on to suitable candidates.
Postdoctoral scientists in atmosphere dynamics & ocean circulation dynamics:

In addition there is two related positions in marine and terrestrial biosphere dynamics partly based at PIK advertised by the Stockholm Resilience Centre:

From: Stefan Rahmstorf <>

Head of Earth System Analysis, PIK


National Institute of Technology Rourkela, an Institute of national importance in teaching, research and development, invites application from Indian nationals, possessing excellent academic background along with commitment to quality teaching and potential for carrying out outstanding research for faculty position at the level of Professor, Associate Professor and Assistant Professor.

Last Date: 11 Sep 2017

A work by

R. Vinnarasi, C. T. Dhanya, Aniket Chakravorty & Amir AghaKouchak has been published recently in Nature Scientific Reports (


Article: Unravelling Diurnal Asymmetry of Surface Temperature in Different Climate Zones


Understanding the evolution of Diurnal Temperature Range (DTR), which has contradicting global and regional trends, is crucial because it influences environmental and human health. Here, we analyse the regional evolution of DTR trend over different climatic zones in India using a non-stationary approach known as the Multidimensional Ensemble Empirical Mode Decomposition (MEEMD) method, to explore the generalized influence of regional climate on DTR, if any. We report a 0.36 °C increase in overall mean of DTR till 1980, however, the rate has declined since then. Further, arid deserts and warm-temperate grasslands exhibit negative DTR trends, while the west coast and sub-tropical forest in the north-east show positive trends. This transition predominantly begins with a 0.5 °C increase from the west coast and spreads with an increase of 0.25 °C per decade. These changes are more pronounced during winter and post-monsoon, especially in the arid desert and warm-temperate grasslands, the DTR decreased up to 2 °C, where the rate of increase in minimum temperature is higher than the maximum temperature. We conclude that both maximum and minimum temperature increase in response to the global climate change, however, their rates of increase are highly local and depend on the underlying climatic zone.

Correspondence to: Dr. C. T. Dhanya

Announcements / BEL requires Civil, Electrical Engineers 2017
« on: July 28, 2017, 10:07:38 AM »

Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), is India’s premier Navaratna Defence Electronics Company, under Ministry of Defence, Government of India.  BEL Engineering Services Division (ESD) requires outstanding professionals in Civil & Electrical Engineering disciplines :


Dy. General Manager (Civil) : 03 posts
Manager (Civil) : 03 posts
Sr. Engineer (Electrical) : 01 post
Sr. Engineer (Civil) : 05 posts
Dy. Engineer (Civil) : 01 post


Applications are invited from SC, ST, OBC and Persons with Disabilities (PwD) (VH, OH, HH) under Special Recruitment Drivefrom Indian nationals for the post of Assistant Professor in the Departments of Aerospace Engineering, Biological Sciences & Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Earth Sciences, Economic Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, Industrial and Management Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics, Chemistry, and Physics.
Several departments participate in the teaching and research activities of interdisciplinary post-graduate programs of the institute including Photonics Science and Engineering, Cognitive Science, Nuclear Engineering and Technology, Environmental Engineering & Management, Design Program, and the Materials Science Program. Appointments for these programs are made in the relevant departments among those listed above.
Minimum Qualification: Ph.D. with first class or equivalent (in terms of grades) at the preceding degree in the appropriate branch, with a very good academic record throughout.
Assistant Professor: Minimum three years Industrial/Research/Teaching experience, excluding however, the experience gained while pursuing Ph.D.
For a fresh Ph.D, the position will be Assistant Professor (on contract) for the first three years and will be regularized afterwards. For those with three or more years of teaching/research/industrial experience, regular appointment may be offered.
The institute strongly encourages applications from qualified women candidates.

Application form for all the above positions is to be filled ONLINE using the Pingala recruitment system.

Department specific areas of required specializations is available at

Announcements / CliMT: A climate modelling framework
« on: July 25, 2017, 08:04:04 AM »

Hello All,

as some of you may be aware, we have been involved in
building a climate modelling framework that can be used
entirely from Python.

I'm happy to inform you all about the first release of CliMT.
This version of CliMT is capable of running as a simplified
GCM, with a spectral dynamical core. The components
currently available in CliMT are suitable for research use.

Please do play around, and I am happy to receive any

Documentation, including installation instructions, are
available at:

The code is available at:

which contains many examples that you can adapt for
your own needs.


From: Joy merwin monteiro

« on: July 25, 2017, 07:59:23 AM »



Kavitha Kuruganti
Alliance for Sustainable & Holistic Agriculture (ASHA)

25 July, 5pm, Chokshi Hall IISc

Seven years after India witnessed a big debate about Bt brinjal, a GM
food crop that was cleared by regulators for commercial cultivation in
the country, which was subsequently placed on an indefinite moratorium,
the controversy is back to the fore again. This time, it is about a
herbicide tolerant GM mustard, which if approved by the Ministry of
Environment and Forests, would be the first GM food crop to be allowed
in farmers' fields for commercial cultivation. This GM mustard had
received regulatory clearance in May 2017. While the proponents of GM
mustard claim that GM technology deployed in mustard will allow for
hybridisation in the crop, which then has the potential to increase
yields and bring down edible oil imports into India, the opponents of
this GM food crop are arguing that the benefit claims as well as safety
claims are unfounded and that GM mustard is not needed in the first

Kavitha Kuruganti is a leading sustainable agriculture activist, known
for her views against GM mustard. She is in the forefront of a campaign
that is seeking to ensure that this HT GM food crop is not approved in
India. In this talk, she explains the resistance against GM mustard from
all over the country and reasons for the same.


Interesting. Thanks for sharing. :)

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