the Seagrass Resources of North
Carolina's Core and Back Sound
Weather and water quality conditions
permitting, digital, aerial multi spectral imagery will be acquired
in the spring/early summer of 2005. This will provide the intern with
experience handling the latest in digital aerial multi spectral imagery.
Unlike air photos that are hard copy and need to be scanned and rectified
to be useful in a GIS format, these imagery products are provided by
the vendor in 1 meter spatial resolution, digital, rectified format.
The acquisition of the imagery, the ground data collection that will
support the classification of that imagery, and processing the imagery
will provide the intern with a full spectrum of experience of being
involved in a remote sensing based mapping and change detection effort
for submerged habitats. Considerable field work in small boats may be
necessary, which will give the intern experience using an underwater
video system integrated with Differential Global Position System (DGPS)
The Relationship Between Sea Surface Temperature and Sea Height on Strandings of Harbor Porpoise Along the North Carolina Coast
Interns should have a background in the natural sciences (biology, geology, oceanography) and statistics, with knowledge of Geographic Information System (GIS). An interest in applying remotely-sensed data to studies of marine mammal strandings in also valuable. In addition, the interns will have the opportunity to participate in field activities including small boat surveys for bottlenose dolphins and stranding responses. A strong background in computers with experience using GIS is preferred, but not essential. All necessary training to complete the tasks will be available for the duration of the internship. Interns should be familiar with remotely sensed data including sea surface temperature and wind. Familiarity with statistical and numerical software packages such as MatLab, SAS, and SYSTAT would be beneficial.
Dr. John Hare and Dr. Aleta Hohn are my mentors.