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University of Essex : Environmental Postgraduate Taught Courses (Masters Degrees)

University of Essex : Environmental Postgraduate Taught Courses
(Masters Degrees)

http://www.essex.ac.uk/bs/prospective_students/pg_taught/default.aspx

The School of Biological Sciences academic staff have expertise in
biophysics, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, computational
chemistry, environmental microbiology, molecular medicine,
photosynthesis, plant productivity, ecology and environmental
chemistry. Our unique multi-disciplinary environment enables us to
offer a wide range of modular, interdisciplinary taught postgraduate
courses which provide targeted training in specialist areas of
biology.

Masters in Environmental Resource Management and Masters in Natural
Environment and Society:

http://www.essex.ac.uk/bs/eco/Joint_Writtle_Postgraduate_Opportunities.html

Masters in Environmental Governance: The Natural World, Science and
Society

http://www.essex.ac.uk/ces/meg/meg.shtm

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University of Essex : Environmental Postgraduate Taught Courses (Masters Degrees)



http://www.essex.ac.uk/bs/prospective_students/pg_taught/default.aspx

The School of Biological Sciences academic staff have expertise in biophysics, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, computational chemistry, environmental microbiology, molecular medicine, photosynthesis, plant productivity, ecology and environmental chemistry. Our unique multi-disciplinary environment enables us to offer a wide range of modular, interdisciplinary taught postgraduate courses which provide targeted training in specialist areas of biology.

Masters in Environmental Resource Management and Masters in Natural Environment and Society:


Masters in  Environmental Governance: The Natural World, Science and Society

http://www.essex.ac.uk/ces/meg/meg.shtm



Overseas Development Institute’s Fellowship Scheme 2013


The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is accepting applications for the ODI Fellowship Scheme 2013. The scheme aims to provide governments of developing countries with high calibre junior professional economists where gaps in local expertise exist. To provide recent postgraduate economists with practical work experience in a developing country.

Lead negotiator reveals Africa’s four-point agenda to salvage COP18



Doha, Qatar, 30 November 2012 (ECA) - The African Group at the UN Climate Conference has said it is galvanizing support to bring the talks “back on track” and salvage what some delegates fear could be the least productive of the Conferences of the Parties since Copenhagen 2009.

The spokesperson of the African Group of Negotiators (AGN), Mr. Seyni Nafo, says Doha 2012 could actually achieve tangible results if delegates paid due attention to issues that have the potential to strengthen multilateralism in climate talks, according to Information and Communication Service of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) at the meeting.
In a press release made available to ECA, Seyni Nafo cites the problem of a Second Commitment Period to the Kyoto Protocol; the urgent need to  finalise outcomes on all the issues from the Bali mandate; securing necessary climate finance; and a conscientious effort to work on the 2015 agreement as real deal-breakers, without which Doha 2012 might not go down well in Africa.

"Developed country Parties to the Kyoto Protocol must honour their commitments through ambitious mitigation obligations for a second and subsequent commitment periods.  They must reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases by at least 40 per cent during the second commitment period from 2013 to 2017 and by at least 95 per cent by 2050, compared to 1990 levels, as an equitable and appropriate contribution." Nafo maintains.

"We stress the urgency of agreeing on a second commitment period in Doha and of elaborating measures to avoid a legal gap between commitment periods”, the release states.
Since the talks opened last week, African countries have maintained pressure on Annex I parties (developed countries) to ensure the environmental integrity of their emission reduction commitments, and to guarantee an equitable and appropriate level of domestic emission reductions.
More:


Climate aid assurances fail to convince African nations

By Megan Rowling
DOHA (AlertNet) - African negotiators and climate activists are demanding that rich nations provide a concrete commitment at U.N. talks in Doha to increase funding for developing states to adapt to a warmer world and grow in a cleaner way, despite reassurances from donors that aid is not about to dry up.
Rich governments say they have delivered on a 2009 pledge to provide some $30 billion in "fast start" finance from 2010 through 2012. They also have promised to mobilise $100 billion a year in public and private finance by 2020. But as the first funding period draws to a close, there has been no firm indication of what will happen in the interim.

"In Africa, (the finance gap) will mean that the continent will not be able to develop and implement enough adaptation activities to alleviate the problem," said George Awudi of the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance. "Countries will be compelled to go for loans... and this will be killing Africa double."

In coastal areas of his country, Ghana, rising seas are forcing people from their homes, but the government lacks financial resources to help them, he said. Without additional money, food insecurity, water stress, damaging floods and tensions over dwindling natural resources are likely to trigger social tensions and more displacement, he added.
But officials from Britain, Germany and the United States told an event on the sidelines of the Nov. 26-Dec. 7 Doha conference on Thursday that climate finance is not about to fall off a cliff.

UN-REDD Africa Lessons Learned-Nov 2012


Challenges and Prospects for REDD+ in Africa


012-07-08 NRMI: This Issue: Remote Sensing Evapotranspiration (Part 2) and Some Other Good Things.

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2012-07-08 NRMI: NATURAL RESOURCE MONITORING ITEMS OF INTEREST
This Issue: Remote Sensing Evapotranspiration (Part 2) and Some Other Good Things.

BUT FIRST, WON’T YOU PLEASE HELP? Canopy Closure Software - Aurélie C. Shapiro writes, “A while ago someone told me about a free, simple software program (perhaps called CAN) that can estimate canopy closure from digital photos: hemispherical as well as normal photos. Anyone know what I am talking about?” If you can assist, please contact Aurélie at aurelie.shapiro@wwf.de.

REMOTE SENSING EVAPOTRANSPIRATION (Part 2) - In April, Douglas Nyolei asked, Could anyone be having a link to remote sensing products of Evapotranspiration especially around East African. I would greatly appreciate getting a link to these data, especially generated from Landsat Imagery. If a link doesn’t exist, I would also appreciate getting advice on a quick way of generating these products. For example which GIS/remote sensing software has this model built within it. Here is part one of some sites that may be of interest. If you know of others, please contact Douglas at dnyolei@YAHOO.COM
Immerzeel, W.W. et al. 2006. Remote Sensing and Evapotranspiration Mapping: State of the Art. NIVR Research paper no. 1. 37 p. http://www.futurewater.nl/downloads/2006_Immerzeel_FW55.pdf
Irmak. Ayse. 2012. Evapotranspiration - Remote Sensing and Modeling. 514 p. Book listing. http://www.intechopen.com/books/evapotranspiration-remote-sensing-and-modeling
Jin, X. et al. 2005. Research on evaporation of Taiyuan basin area by using remote sensing. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., 2: 209–227. http://www.hydrol-earth-syst-sci-discuss.net/2/209/2005/hessd-2-209-2005-print.pdf
Kinyanjui, Mwangi J n.d. Case Study 8: Case study on changes in NDVI values in the period 1998 – 2009: the case of Maasai Mau, Southwestern Mau and Eastern Mau. http://endeleo.vgt.vito.be/casestudy8.html
Lerer, Sara. 2008. Estimation of actual evapotranspiration using remote sensing data for the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Thesis. 109 p. http://www.env.dtu.dk/upload/institutter/dtu-miljoe+dtu-environment/nyheder+news/begivenheder+events/coldingaward-and-courceoftheyear/vindere+winners/files/msc%20thesis%20sara%20lerer.pdf
Li, Fuqin; Lyons, T. J. 1999: Estimation of Regional Evapotranspiration through Remote Sensing. J. Appl. Meteor., 38, 1644–1654. Abstract. http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/1520-0450(1999)038%3C1644%3AEORETR%3E2.0.CO%3B2
Lin, Shengpan et al. 2012. Evaluation of estimating daily maximum and minimum air temperature with MODIS data in east Africa. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 18: 128–140. Abstract. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0303243412000050
Liu, J., et al.2003. Mapping evapotranspiration based on remote sensing: An application to Canada’s landmass, Water Resour. Res., 39(7), 1189. 15 p. , http://www.unc.edu/courses/2007fall/geog/801/001/www/ET/Liu03-WRR.pdf
Maeda, Eduardo Eiji et al. 2011. Estimating reference evapotranspiration using remote sensing and empirical models in a region with limited ground data availability in Kenya. Applied Geography 31: 251-258. http://www.helsinki.fi/geo/research/publications/Taita_Hills_publications/Peer_reviewed_articles/Maeda_E_et_al_2011_Estimating%20reference%20evapotranspiration%20using%20remote%20sensing%20.pdf
Mendonça, José Carlos et al. 2009. Assessment of Evapotranspiration in North Fluminense Region, Brazil, Using Modis Products and Sebal Algorithm. 18 p. http://cdn.intechopen.com/pdfs/26097/InTech-Assessment_of_evapotranspiration_in_north_fluminense_region_brazil_using_modis_products_and_sebal_algorithm.pdf
Mennis, J. 2001. Exploring relationships between ENSO and vegetation vigour in the south-east USA using AVHRR data. Int. J. Remote Sensing 22(16): 3077–3092. http://astro.temple.edu/~jmennis/pubs/mennis_ijrs01.pdf

SOME OTHER PUBLICATIONS/URLS OF INTEREST
Graham, Alan. 2011. The age and diversification of terrestrial New World ecosystems through Cretaceous and Cenozoic time. American Journal of Botany 98(3): 336-351. http://www.amjbot.org/content/98/3/336.full
John, Ranjeet et al. 2008. Predicting plant diversity based on remote sensing products in the semi-arid region of Inner Mongolia. Remote Sensing of Environment 112: 2018–2032. http://www.forestthreats.org/publications/raleigh/Predicting_plant_diversity.pdf
Kiage, L. M., et al. 2007. Recent land-cover/use change associated with land degradation in the Lake Baringo catchment, Kenya, East Africa: evidence from Landsat TM and ETM+. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 28(19): 4285 - 4309. http://www.oceanography.lsu.edu/faculty/liu/Paleoecology_Web/index_files/Kiage%20Recent%20land-cover%20use.pdf
Maathuis, B.H.P.; Mannaerts, C.M.M.2012. GEONETCast – DevCoCast Application Manual. ITC. Version 1. 212 p. ftp://ftp.itc.nl/pub/52n/gnc_devcocast_applications/description/devcocast_application_manual.pdf

KEEPING UP-TO-DATE – PRODUCTS, NEWSLETTERS, EMAIL LISTS, JOURNALS. See also http://botany.si.edu/puhttps://www.createspace.com/3489254bs/bcn/links.cfm, http://scholar.google.com/, and Directory of open access journals. http://www.doaj.org/doaj?func=findJournals.
BCN - Biological Conservation Newsletter - July 2012 - Issue No. 331 now available at http://botany.si.edu/pubs/bcn/issue/latest.htm
NWFP – The latest issue and sadly the final issue of FAO’s Non-wood Forest Products newsletter at www.fao.org/forestry/site/12980/en/ Our friend, Tina Etherington is retiring from FAO after 34 years. We wish all the best in her new ‘vocation.’
People and Forest E-News – the July 2012 issue is now available at http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=a79eee76ce1869204bc04a12d&id=e052a89c02&e=73f2043cf8

WORKING SMARTER - WORKSHOPS, MEETINGS, EVENTS, ETC. – See also: http://www.gfis.net, http://www.iufro.org/events/calendar/ and http://www.iufro.org/discover/noticeboard/.
22-26 April 2013. Earth Observation and Global Environmental Change - 50 Years of Remote Sensing: Progress and Prospects. 35th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE35), Beijing, China. Call for papers is now open. For details see http://www.isrse35.org/. From Artur Gil, Applied GIS-RS list.
15-20 October 2012. 2012 Advanced training in land remote sensing. Beijing, P.R. China. Details at . http://earth.eo.esa.int/trainingcourses/LandTrainingCourse2012/. From Artur Gil, Applied GIS RS List.

MOVING AHEAD – OPPORTUNITIES – See also: Scholarships-Positions - http://scholarship-positions.com/ , Forestry, Arboriculture, Agriculture, Agronomy & Natural Resource Management Jobs at http://www.earthworks-jobs.com/forest.htm, Riley Guide to Agriculture, Forestry, & Farming Jobs http://www.rileyguide.com/agric.html, Finding Your Dream Job in Natural Resources http://www.cyber-sierra.com/nrjobs/, http://www.nature.com/naturejobs/index.html The Job Seekers Guide for International and Environmental Careers http://timresch.net/ejobs/index.htm and Scholarship Listing http://www.scholarshiplisting.com/.
Ph.D. position in the area of permafrost modelling with remote sensing. Modelling permafrost extension and occurrence from satellite-derived vegetation and surficial geology maps. A funded graduate position (at the level of a NSERC scholarship) is available in the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management, University of New Brunswick. The project is funded by the Canadian Space Agency and is undertaken in collaboration with the Canadian Centre of Remote Sensing and Parks Canada. The applicant will integrate vegetation and surficial geology maps within a model designed to understand and forecast the long-term implications of climate change for the permafrost extent. The maps will be derived from optical and SAR imagery. Details on the model can be found in http://www.agu.org/journals/jd/jd0322/2002JD003354/2002JD003354.pdf. The project is best suited to a Ph.D. student, although exceptional M.Sc. applicants will be considered. The successful applicant will need to acquire skills in programming environments like MS Visual C++; thus, candidates with experiences in simulation modelling and computing language will be at significant advantage. Otherwise, the main qualifications for this position are strong quantitative skills and an interest in physical modelling and remote sensing. A working knowledge of GIS would also be an asset. The applicant will have the opportunity to travel to the Northwest Territories and northern Ontario for field work. Holders of NSERC PGS or other scholarships are obviously encouraged to apply. A large portion of the time spent willl be at CCRS in Ottawa. Applicants should submit by email a short statement of interest, a current CV, transcripts and the names of three references. The position must commence no later than September 2012. To apply, or for further information, contact Professor Brigitte Leblon, UNB, (bleblon@unb.ca). From Artur Gil, Applied GIS-RS List.
Research associate – knowledge management in the context of climate change. Institute for Applied Remote Sensing. Bolzano, Italy. See: http://www.eurac.edu/en/research/institutes/remotesensing/Jobs/Researchassociate_27.06.2012.html. From Artur Gil, Applied GIS-RS List.

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