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Internships & thesis suggestions

In this page, we will post suggestions and offerings. Latest posts are on top. Posts will be removed as they become obsolete, thus, any announcement on the page is to be regarded as current.

Open GIS position at European Agency - GIS Data Analyst (Stockholm):

  • Support the process of analyzing the user GIS requirements for a determinants platform at the European Agency for the purpose of epidemiologic analysis of communicable disease risk;
  • Support the process of analyzing the user GIS requirements for mapping:
    • air transportation data, such as the distribution of number of travelleres arriving into European airports from areas with active Zika, dengue, Chikungunya, etc transmission with a time slider to map the passenger volume by month
    • areas suitable of mosquito-borne disease transmission in Europe based on temperature threshold; both empirical and observational temperature thresholds will be considered for a specific pathogen and vector and determined by the European Agency
  • Analyze and support implementation of determinants platform at the European Agency for the purpose of epidemiologic analysis of communicable disease risk;
  • Produce new and update existing maps, web-maps and map services, as requested, for the determinants platform at European Agency for the purpose of epidemiologic analysis of communicable disease risk;
  • Support the design of geospatial databases, implementation and maintenance of their content;
  • Perform quality control on geospatial data (currency, accuracy, usefulness, quality and completeness);
  • Assist in establishing data preparation standards, procedures and scripts for data to be published in the determinants platform, for example:
    • Air traffic data
    • Temperature:
      • Current temperature data
      • Monthly and seasonal outlooks for temperature
  • Prepare and update metadata and other technical documentation to support the processing of geospatial data;
  • Perform visual exploratory analysis on disease data using web enabled GIS applications, ArcGIS Server and ArcGIS Desktop;
  • Perform SQL Geo database operations, spatial query design and optimization;
  • Support ECDC staff in providing an professional opinion on establishing and applying stable geographic information systems and best practices.

If you are interested, please send your CV to jon.granadero [at]


Earth Observation based Plant Phenology in Europe - Comparison of methods


PDF iconearth_observation_based_plant_phenology_in_europe.pdf

Master’s thesis work

Topic: SURFEX model parameterisation

When: From January 2017

What: In the Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) community which Sweden belongs to we utilize a surface model system called SURFEX ( The latest release of SURFEX includes a parameterization of how to treat vegetation as a separate energy balance with respect to the soil/snow (called Multi-Energy Budget, MEB). This also affects how radiation is distributed between the vegetation and the soil/snow. The work includes to apply SURFEX-MEB for a number of measurement sites representing a combination of forest and snow and to find a method to optimize some still uncertain parameters included in the parameterization. The work will lead to a scientific  publication where all active researchers, including the student, are included. The work will include quite some data processing where Python/MATLAB/shell programming is needed. SURFEX is written in Fortran but skills in Fortran are not necessary for the work. The working environment is based on Linux systems.

Note: requires work at SMHI, Norrköping

Contact: Patrick.Samuelsson [at] or Anna_Maria.Jonsson [at]

Master’s thesis work

Topic: Mapping insect disturbance with MODIS data

When: 100% spring 2017

What: We have developed a method for near real-time detection of birch moth outbreaks in the mountain birch forests around Abisko. In this thesis work we want to study if the method can be applied over larger areas and to map birch moth outbreaks over northern Fennoscandia during the period 2000-2014.

Contact: per-ola.olsson [at]

Master’s thesis work

Topic: Any topic related to forest, agriculture, nature conservation, urban development - climate impact, vulnerability and adaptation

When: 100% spring 2017

What: Up to two Master's thesis projects can be carried out together with Prof. Anna Maria Jönsson in spring 2017. The exact topic will be decided in a dialogue between student and supervisor. Contact Anna Maria to discuss ideas.

Contact: anna_maria.jonsson [at]

Semantic Structure from Motion

Read more here.

Master’s thesis work

Topic: Measuring planktonic CO2 production and O2 consumption rates in the water by using automatic under-water chambers

When: Suggestion 50% during 2017

What: Surface water respiration represents one of major processes on earth which transforms organic carbon into CO2. Most assessments of aquatic respiration are based on models using the daily oscillations in open water gas data. However, several assumptions need to be made to operate these models, some of which are uncertain. Surprisingly few direct measurements of water column respiration exist. This project will test a prototype of an automatic under-water chamber which opens and closes on given intervals, logging the CO2 production and O2 consumption rates in the water around the clock. A “handy” student is sought, interested in taking part in building and testing a raft with mechanics needed to open and close a chamber equipped with gas loggers. Due to the nature of the work (waiting for parts to arrive, season for field testing etc), part-time commitment during two semesters is ideal, spanning a summer. Therefore, the project is suited for a 50% pace student, or someone who can do part of the project in summer.

Contact: martin.berggren [at]

Projects in climate and consumption and environment, Helsingborg Municipality

See description here (Google translated)

GRID-Arendal Student Internship Programme 2017

GRID-Arendal is currently accepting applications for their internship programme in 2017. Read all about it here.

Internships at Sustainergies

Right now (2016-10-31) Sustainergies is offering a number of internships for ICA, Myrorna, The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and Sustainergies themselves. All internships are for students interested in sustainability.

Read more here (In Swedish):

Internships at the Swedish National Knowledge Centre for Climate Change Adaptation, SMHI

The Swedish National Knowledge Centre for Climate Change Adaptation at SMHI is looking for interns for Spring 2017. The focus of the work lies in designing descriptive examples of climate adaptation work in Sweden. You need to have good basic knowledge in the areas of climate or environment.

Read more here (in Swedish)

Master thesis work

Topic: Spatial analyses in conjunction to ICOS-CP

When: From Januar 2017

What: ICOS Carbon Portal is a European portal for distribution of data on carbon (and other green house gases) measured by ICOS stations, see The portal is hosted by the department of Physical geography and ecosystem science at Lund University. ICOS CP will as a service provide comparison of flux models etc. based on the ICOS data. This master thesis work is concentrating on developing and implementing (in Python) spatial analyze methods for the evaluation of the result of flux models.

Requirement: The work is conducted at the LU campus. The student must be either a geomatic student or an LTH student in geographic information technology with knowledge in spatial analyses and Python.

Contact: Lars Harrie

Vegetation productivity trends across global drylands using different satellite sources.

This purpose of this project is to quantify and understand the role of dryland ecosystems in the global carbon (C) cycle. Recent work show increasing importance of drylands in the global C cycle [1-3] and regional studies using Earth Observation (EO) report increasing greenness in several dryland areas [4-9]. While the increasing role of drylands in the global C cycle is well-grounded, is the knowledge regarding the related magnitude, spatial, temporal variability and process understanding still uncomplete [10].

This project aim to quantify the temporal and spatial characteristics of C fluxes of drylands and their contribution to the global C cycle using EO data (MODIS time series of PPI, EVI,NDVI based on the BRDF corrected MOD43A4, latest collection, MOD17 GPP and NPP etc.). The EO data will be stratified using biome data sets, the aridity index etc.

Suitable for student with interest in remote sensing, GIS and the global carbon cycle. Programming skill is a benefit


1.      Poulter, B., et al., Nature 2014, 509 (7502), 600-603.

2.      Ahlström, A., et al., Science 2015, 348 (6237), 895-899.

3.      Zhu, Z., et al., Nature Clim. Change 2016, advance online publication.

4.      Osborne, C. P.; Woodward, F. I., International Journal of Remote Sensing 2001, 22 (10), 1895-1907.

5.      Herrmann, S. M., et al., Global Environ Chang 2005, 15 (4), 394-404.

6.      Olsson, L., et al., Journal of Arid Environments 2005, 63 (3), 556-566.

7.      Nielsen, T. T.; Adriansen, H. K., Land Degrad Dev 2005, 16 (2), 151-161.

8.      Runnstrom, M. C., Ambio 2000, 29 (8), 468-476.

9.      Fensholt, R., et al., Remote Sensing of Environment 2012, 121, 144-158.

10.    Seddon, A. W. R., et al., Nature 2016, 531 (7593), 229-232.


When: 2017.

Contact: Jonas Ardö, Jonas.ardo [at]

Afforestation of southern Sweden pastures, mapping, cause and effect

This work aims to identify and quantify the land use changes in the form of pastures planted with forest.

Background: In areas where profitability to keep animals is marginal, a conversion of pasture land to forest land by planting both leave forests and pine forests. This implies a change in the landscape, affects the production of animal products (meat, milk, cheese, etc.) and affect biodiversity and occasionally other ecosystem services. The reasons for this change is, among others, lower profitability in the livestock sector.

More information:

Data: SENTINEL-2, LANDSAT, Aerial photographs (2011) and older aerial photographs. Various GIS data. Meadow and pasture inventory, block data (EU support requests) from the Agriculture Department, complaints to the County Administrative Board (afforestation of pasture to be notified, authorization is not required). The data that will eventually be used depends on how the objective is defined. Knowledge of remote sensing and GIS is required, knowledge in ecology or environmental conservation is relevant. Swedish language proficiency is preferred.

When: Spring / Autumn 2017

Contact: Jonas Ardö


Master Thesis Work

Topic: Evaluating an indoor positioning system
When: October 2016 – June 2017
Contact: Ali Mansourian
Indoor positioning is one of the growing research and development areas. The aim of this study is to install and evaluate (accuracy and efficiency of) an existing indoor positioning system, which is based on Ultra Sonic technology. In a later stage, the applicability of the system for indoor navigation will be evaluated. The thesis includes small programming to use the indoor positioning system for indoor navigation. Background knowledge in surveying (engineering) is required.

Bachelor Project / Internship

Topic: Developing a tool for styling features in a Web GIS
When: October 2016 – July 2017
Contact: Ali Mansourian
Web GIS Risk Assessment and Analysis System (WGRAS) is being developed by Lund University GIS Centre, based on a collaboration with World Health Organization (WHO). A module for creating SLDs, based on user inputs, for styling vector features and raster data, is going to be developed and linked to the WGRAS. Students who are interested in Web GIS are welcome to do their final project on this topic. They receive help from the development team. Knowledge in programming is required. Background in Python, HTML and JavaScript is an advantage.


Topic: Data preparation and styling for Web GIS
When: October 2016 – July 2017
Contact: Ali Mansourian
Web GIS Risk Assessment and Analysis System (WGRAS) is being developed by Lund University GIS Centre, based on a collaboration with World Health Organization (WHO). As an intern you will work as part of our research team, helping with data preparation, storage and styling. QGIS and WGRAS are the main software you will use. You will definitely receive help from our research team how to use the software.

Master thesis work

Contact: Emma Li Johansson

Background information: Currently there is a wave of foreign investments in land taking part in the economically poor regions of the world. These particular types of land investments affect people who previously used that land as small-scale farmers, who often have no other option than to keep farming in smaller or more marginal areas around the foreign investment.
Topic #1: Socio-environemtal effects from land-use change in the context of large-scale land acquisitions
Large-scale land use changes affect the water balance, especially when land cover is changed to water intensive crop production. Land-use change affects the quantity, quality and accessibility of water for people and ecosystems in those areas. Either directly through irrigation, or by planting non-native crop species that dry out the soils. Accessibility to water is also affected by fragmenting the landscape and making traditional water sources inaccessible or unusable to local communities. I have both quantitative and qualitative data (or knowledge about where to look for data) from large-scale land acquisitions in Sierra Leone and Tanzania that could form one or several smaller studies:
•    Impacts of teak plantations on the hydrological cycle  (Literature review). Teak trees have effects on water quantity in the way that their roots absorb water and and dries out the soils. They also loose their leaves in the dry season, which dries out soils even more (compared to natural forest). This affects water systems, which in turn affects local livelihoods of fishing and farming. There is a company called KVTC in Kilombero Valley, Tanzania, who are planting 8000 ha of teak where there previously was natural forest . Here you can look at the teak trees' effects on water systems, and how that in turn affects ecosystems and people. 
•    Similar project can be developed with case studies in other parts of Tanzania (rice production,sugarcane production) and Sierra Leone (sugarcane production).

Topic #2 Analyzing past and present land-use in Africa by using Google Earth (in the context of land grabbing)
Research about the scale of land grabbing needs to be improved by analyzing how much land is actually in production. In Africa about 22 million ha has been contracted to foreign investors, but only 3% is currently in production. There is data available online from multiple sources about the current state of land deals, but they are constantly changing as companies often leave their operations or sell to other agricultural businesses. It would be interesting to explore what the previous land use was in areas of land grabbing (e.g. Small-scale farming, forest, grazing land, or marginal land) in order to get a better idea about the potential ecological and societal effects of such investments. 


Master thesis work

Topic: MODIS collection 5 vs collection 6. Improvements and differences.
When: January-June 2017.
What: Comparing MODIS collection 5 vs collection 6 for semi arid regions. Data produced by the MODIS is released in collections, the lastest collection is number 6 and it have been produced to increase the quality and reliability of the data. This Msc will look at three aspects 1) Differences in reflectance, 2) differences in time series and trend analysis and the effect of applying LUE models using collection 5 vs collections. Reference data from sites in Sahel is available.

Background: Terra MODIS has no sensor shift issue, the sensor degradation introduced a significant negative trend globally in collection 5 (Wang et al. 2012). This problem has been addressed in the version of collection 6 recently released (Detsch et al. 2016; Lyapustin et al. 2014).

More info/references:

Remote Sens. 20168, 359; doi:10.3390/rs8050359

Detsch, F., Otte, I., Appelhans, T., & Nauss, T. (2016). A Comparative Study of Cross-Product NDVI Dynamics in the Kilimanjaro Region—A Matter of Sensor, Degradation
Calibration, and Significance. Remote Sensing, 8, 159

F. Tian et al. / Remote Sensing of Environment 163 (2015) 326–340

Lyapustin, A., Wang, Y., Xiong, X., Meister, G., Platnick, S., Levy, R., Franz, B., Korkin, S.,
Hilker, T., Tucker, J., Hall, F., Sellers, P., Wu, A., & Angal, A. (2014). Scientific impact
of MODIS C5 calibration degradation and C6+ improvements. Atmospheric Measurement
, 7, 4353-4365

Wang, D., Morton, D., Masek, J., Wu, A., Nagol, J., Xiong, X., Levy, R., Vermote, E., &
Wolfe, R. (2012). Impact of sensor degradation on the MODIS NDVI time series. Remote
Sensing of Environment
, 119, 55-61

Contact: jonas.ardo [at] (Jonas Ardö)

Bachelor thesis work (possibly Master)

Topic: Organic nutrient delivery to the sea
When: As agreed
What: Over the past decades, organic carbon concentrations have doubled in many Baltic Sea river mouths, with consequences for the biogeochemistry, ecology and gas budgets of coastal marine environments. Similar trends have been observed in rivers across widespread areas of the northern hemisphere. However, there is surprisingly little knowledge on whether or not organic N concentrations have increased proportionally with the increases in organic C. Shifts in the relative delivery of organic N, organic C and other nutrient fractions would have large impact on the functioning of estuarine ecosystems in particular. This project will use data from the Swedish national monitoring program for water chemistry to test hypotheses regarding the relative delivery of different organic nutrients from land to sea.

Contact: Martin Berggren.

Master thesis work

Topic: Readability of dynamic maps

When: From January 2017. 
What: Most readability studies for maps has concentrated on static maps (on paper and screen), while the actual use of maps is more dynamic today. To design future map services we need better knowledge about how user perceives dynamic maps. This project aims at both studying the theoretical background to reading dynamic maps (based on theories of reading static maps and theories of reading dynamic graphics and animations) and practical studies using eye-tracking (in cooperation with the humanity lab at LU).
Requirement: The work is conducted at the LU campus. The student must be either a geomatic student or an LTH student in geographic information technology.

Contact: Lars Harrie

Master thesis work

Topic: Integration of building information models and geodata
When: From January 2017. 
What: Digitalization is currently one of the main drivers of improving the process in the built environment sector, i.e., planning, creating and maintaining buildings and infrastructure. A main problem here is the integration of building information models (BIM) and geodata/GIS. The aim of this project is to develop methods to import a BIM-model into a GIS environment. This implies work with simplifying the model and transforming it to a geometric representation used in GIS. If time permits the project will also include quality issues in the integration process. 
Requirement: The work is conducted at the LU campus. The student must be either a geomatic student or an LTH student in geographic information technology.

Contact: Lars Harrie

Master thesis work

Topic: Web cartography
When: From January 2017. 
What: There is an ongoing work to develop standards and procedures for web mapping. For example, the Swedish Standard Institute (SIS) is running a standardization project called Web cartography (see: . One aim of this paper is to provide recommendations of how to extend current WMS-services (as most authorities are obliged to set up) with user created visualisations (mainly using Styled Layer Descriptor, SLD). The aim of this thesis is to study both theoretical aspects of user created visualization as well as implement SLD-solutions. The study will be done in co-operation with the SIS-project. 
Requirement: The work is conducted at the LU campus. The student must be either a geomatic student or an LTH student in geographic information technology.

Contact: Lars Harrie


Master thesis work

Topic: Semantic web and GeoSPARQL

When: From January 2017 

What: There is currently a trend of using semantic web technology for storing geographic data (in RDF) and retrieving data (e.g. using GeoSPARQL). This thesis aims at providing an overview of the field as well as practical studies of GeoSPARQL. It also will look at applications of the new standard from OGC for land infrastructure. The thesis is a cooperation with the Swedish Transport Administration.

Requirement: The work is conducted at the LU campus (or at a Swedish Transport Administration site). The student must be either a geomatic student or an LTH student in geographic information technology.

Contact: Lars Harrie

Thesis project in cooperation with the Moseten indigenous people in Bolivia (OPIM)

See PDF.

Atmosphere-wetland water balance at a boreal fen

B.Sc./M.Sc. project

The water balance of a wetland is composed of evaporation, rainfall, horizontal water flows and change in water storage. In the suggested project you will analyze how much of the water table (water storage) variations can be explained by the local evaporation and rainfall, and how much can be attributed to horizontal inflow and outflow. The project can be either M.Sc. or B.Sc. thesis, depending on the width and breadth of the analysis. We have a long data set of evaporation, rainfall, and water table position measured at a boreal fen site in Southern Finland, that can be used for the analysis.

We are seeking for a student who is interested in analyzing flux data and other time series data. Skills in Matlab or R languages will be needed in the analysis. Understanding the flux measurements and wetland functioning are assets.

Contact: Janne Rinne

Trainee position at Geodata

Geodata is a Norwegian IT company that helps businesses and organizations in all areas of society to see new opportunities using geographic information systems (GIS). We are now seeking GIS consultants and system developers to our trainee program starting fall 2016.

As a trainee in Geodata you get:

  • Challenges through a tailored program over 12 months , with excellent opportunities for professional and personal development
  • Fast job from day one
  • A dedicated mentor who will follow you through the program
  • A five-week learning stay in California, where you get to learn from the best at our main supplier of software, Esri

Geodata is certified as one of Norway's most attractive employers. Read more and apply for the position here (in Norwegian).

MSc. Project proposal

Automatic detection for the best location of proposed dams using spatial analysis, hydrological modelling, and optimization.

Summary: one of the main approaches for an efficient use of water resources in many regions in the world is to harvest all the runoff water through constructing small to medium size dams. In this proposal, we suggest using hydrological modelling, spatial analyst tools, optimization, and programing to automate the site selection of a proposed dam/s through automatically detect the best location/s for a specific region. Additionally some other hydrological and engineering characteristics of the proposed dams and lakes will be automatically deducted.

The main goals of this proposal are:

  1. Create new computer program
  • To automatically identify all possible sites that can be used to construct a dam for a specific area.
  • To automatically estimate the optimal dam height.
  • To automatically estimate the volume and coverage area of the detained water (volume and area of lake).
  1. To rank all possible sites for dam construction according to general criteria and regional criteria using optimization.

Data needed:

Digital elevation model (DEM) for the selected area.
Regional criteria related to the purpose of the dam/s for that region.


  • MATLAB programing is to be used to calculate: flow direction, Flow accumulation, slope, and aspect for all points in the study area.
  • MATLAB function is to be created to automatically find all possible points for the proposed dams.
  • Optimization is to be used to rank all possible points for the proposed dams according to predefined criteria (Dam height, Volume of lake, surface area of lake, distance from urban area, etc…).
  • ArcGIS is to be used for visualization.

Proposed by Abdulghani Hasan & Petter Pilesjö

For further information please contact Abdulghani Hasan

Object-based segmentation and classification of agricultural fields using remote sensing and GIS data

Reliable estimates of areas planted to certain crops and of crop production are needed for:

  • proper planning,
  • monitoring and
  • improvement of the development process and
  • for policy decisions.

Reliable and timely estimation of agricultural production can improve import/export and allocation policy for resources and inputs, such as

  • seed,
  • fertilizer,
  • pesticides,
  • fuel and storage, as well as
  • improve crops natural hazard damage assessment for the agricultural insurance funds.

Recent developments in Earth observation satellites, modeling of crop production processes and geo-information systems have created promising opportunities for upgrading agriculture statistical systems.

However, when accurate mapping of agricultural fields is required, available multispectral classification of satellite data cannot directly yield the information demanded, due to the complexity of real world images.

In this research an innovative applications will be developed in order to extract the required information for monitoring agricultural fields (such as field boundaries and crop type present in a growing season) using freely available remote sensing satellite images (like Landsat 8 data) and ground reference training generated data addressing supervised classification (knowledge-based and object-based).

The available (ground) data for use in the classification process includes, for example, Google Earth, as well as data from farmers (GPS data) and other existing GIS project. The focus of this research will be on developing and evaluating application tools of object-based image analysis that will provide users with up-to-date boundaries of agricultural fields as well as crop type.

Contact: ali.abkar [at], Petter Pilesjö

Estimating the surface shortwave radiation components using MODIS and field spectrometer data

Accurate estimation of surface shortwave radiation budget is needed for various applications including agricultural meteorology, weather prediction, climate monitoring, and solar power generation. Surface incident shortwave radiation is a significant variable of many numerical models to estimate soil moisture, evapotranspiration and photosynthesis. The most practical and reliable method to capture the spatial distribution of solar radiation is based on remote sensing compared to location based measurements. Over the past years, many models for estimating surface shortwave radiation or its components have been developed from various remote sensing observations by combining remote sensing observations with ancillary surface and atmospheric data. Recent studies have shown that the accuracy of existing models for the estimation of solar radiation was not always satisfactory. In this research, after understanding the available uncertainties in these models through literature study as well as using field spectrometer data, we envisage how the estimation of the irradiance components can be improved. Thus, this research tries to provide accurate solar radiation data based on the data and products from MODIS, on board the Terra and Aqua satellite platforms, as an alternative solution for existing unreliable or limited amount of ground Pyranometer data.

Contact: ali.abkar [at], Petter Pilesjö

Stranderosion i Skåne knutet till länsstyrelsen i Skåne Län

When: As agreed
What: Någon eller några kommuner som funderar på åtgärder mot erosion skulle kunna väljas ut (t. ex Ängelholm och Kävlinge se länkar nedan). Studenten kan då utifrån kommunernas dokument och genom intervjuer försöka beskriva föreslagna åtgärder och kanske också identifiera några genomförda åtgärder. Efter att åtgärderna har beskrivits skulle studenten utifrån naturgeografisk litteratur beskriva och eventuellt räkna på effekter av åtgärderna och beskriva vilka konsekvenser och påverkan som åtgärderna kan innebära på naturliga processer och kritiskt granska sekundära effekter. Det skulle också kunna ingå intervjuer med olika företrädare för kommunen för att identifiera vem som tar initiativ till åtgärder och vilken litteratur och annan kunskap man bygger sina förslag på och också intervjua t. ex kommunekologer som ju ofta inser konsekvenserna av åtgärder men som inte brukar ses som en viktig del i beslutsprocessen. Eventuellt skulle också effekterna av någon genomförd åtgärd i utvalda kommuner kunna studeras.
Notes: LänkLänkLänkLänk.
Contact: Ulrik Mårtensson

Master´s or Bachelor´s thesis - aquatic biogeochemistry

Topic: Aquatic Biogeochemistry
When: As agreed
What: A total of 3-4 student projects on the BSc/MSc level are carried out each year in the Aquatic Biogeochemistry group, with Martin Berggren and collaborators. Students are encouraged to define their own research question within the scope of ongoing research projects. Admitted students are expected to take part in biweekly research group meetings, where they also get training in presentation techniques for the final seminar.

Titles of completed aquatic biogeochemistry BSc/MSc projects:

  • Production and biodegradability of dissolved organic carbon from dIfferent litter sources 
  • Bacterioplankton nutrient limitation in the Öre estuary: constraints on winter carbon metabolism
  • Impact of photochemical processing of DOC on the bacterial respiratory quotient in aquatic ecosystems
  • Bioavailability of macro-nutrients in Swedish Baltic Sea river catchments
  • The suitability of using Landsat TM-5 images for estimating chromophoric dissolved organic matter in subarctic lakes
  • The effect of the freshwater-sea transition on short-term dissolved organic carbon bio-reactivity: The case of Baltic Sea river mouths
  • How does urban discharge affect a lake in a recreational area in central Sweden? - A comparison of metals in the sediments of three similar lakes
  • Land use impact on water quality in two river systems in South Africa
  • Ocean acidification - Effects of an increasing atmospheric CO2 concentration on the pH of the Baltic Sea
  • The changing sea ice cover of the Arctic and Antarctica
  • Nutrient limitation of bacterioplankton in a boreal humic lake during different flow conditions

Notes: The project is typically carried out with collaborators from INES or other departments at Lund University or elsewhere
Contact: Martin Berggren.

Master thesis work

Topic: Remote Sensing
When: Spring 2017
What: Evaluation of existing data sets estimating incoming PAR (Photosynthetic Active Radiation). At least two products will be tested; DIDSSF originating from METOSAT and one product based on AVHRR. These data products will be evaluated and examined in various ways including comparison with in situ measurements of PAR in Africa. See data here and here.
Notes: Remote sensing background needed. Some programming experience needed.
Contact: Jonas Ardö


Master thesis work

Topic: Evaluating soil wetness in RCM/ RCA-GUESS simulations
When: From January 2015.
What: Focus of this project is on evaluating soil wetness (or in fact focusing on situations when there is lack thereof) in RCM simulations. The background is that there is demand for information on frequency and intensity of ‘drought situations’ in future projections and the possible effects on vegetation. The backbone of the project would be to evaluate a dedicated RCA-GUESS run (done by SMHI) and link various specific soil dryness variables in this run to variables that are more commonly available in standard projection runs.
Notes: Interest in modelling, climate change, regional climate modelling, impacts of dry conditions and skills in statistical/quantitative analysis of regional climate projections. Programming skills in eg. MATLAB for data analysis. Working for a period in Norrköping at the SMHI is a possibility although you have to organize accommodation yourself.
Contact: Ben SmithAnna Maria Jönssonlars.barring [at] (Lars Bärring (SMHI), )

Master thesis work

Topic: Analyzing bias corrected RCM results from new EURO-CORDEX simulations
When: From January 2015.
What: EURO-CORDEX is the European branch of the CORDEX program, a World Climate Research Program (WRCP) sponsored framework to improved regional climate change projections for all land regions world-wide. You will work uner supervision from the SMHI/Rossby centre on the (statistical) analysis of results from Regional Climate Model simulations on eg surface temperature, precipitation. The modeling is the latest high resolution regional model application.
Notes: You will work with large amount of data so some computer/data analysis skills are needed (programming in R), as well that you willing to learn new computer skills like IDL (a MATLAB similar application), LINUX. You should have a basic knowledge of climate models.
Contact: Anna Maria Jönssonrenate.wilcke [at] (Renate Wilcke, )

Master thesis work

Topic: Vulnerability of forests in southern Sweden: insights based on palaeoecology
When: From January 2015.
What: In southern Sweden, the planting of mono-specific spruce forests over the last centuries and the rise of frequency/intensity of insect outbreaks over the last decades address the question of the vulnerability of Swedish forestry in response to future climate change. This work will focus on the relationships between forest diversity and insect ecology/distribution on long-term perspective to discuss sustainable management strategies. Read more here.
Notes: GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and numerical methods will be used to explore through time the regional insect distribution and the degree to which it is coupled with forest diversity, ratios of host to non-host trees, climate variability and human land use.
Contact: Laurent Marquer, Anna Maria Jönsson


Master thesis work

Topic: OpenStreetMap
When: Spring 2017
What: In an ongoing project at the department we have created an algorithm that link OpenStreetMap (OSM) to Swedish authority data. This work opens up several possibilities to novel studies of the quality of OSM in Sweden as well as semantic issues of OSM.
Notes: This is a suitable master thesis for a geomatics student. It requires that the student has read the geographical database and the GIS-algorithm courses as well as has experience in programming.
Contact: Ali Mansourian, Lars Harrie

Master thesis work

Topic: Health GIS
When: Spring 2017
What: spatial epidemiology is one of the popular research areas now a days. Investigating and modelling the correlation between incidence of diseases and environmental factors and then producing susceptibility maps, is the main idea of this study.
Notes: This is a suitable master thesis for a geomatics student. It requires that the student has read the geographical database and the GIS-algorithm courses as well as has experience in programming.
Contact: Ali Mansourian


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