PhD positions – University of Miami RSMAS

To view all Rosenstiel School opportunities for Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Fall 2021 (so far), please check out this link:

Master of Professional Science (MPS) Applications are also still available for Fall 2020 (

PhD Opportunity 1: Iceberg Monitoring from Space

Icebergs range in all sizes from small ones to the size of a Caribbean Island, or “Ice Island”. The two primary goals of this project is to use space-based satellite images from synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and electro-optical (EO) sensors to classify icebergs in terms of types, shape and dimensions above and below the water line. The second objective is to develop a predictive model by detecting and monitoring with SAR and EO satellites the fate of icebergs as they traverse the North Atlantic along “Iceberg Alley” off the coastal waters of Labrador to the warmer waters south of Newfoundland and as far as the Grand Banks. Research will be conducted with the University of Miami’s Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing (CSTARS), a state-of-the-art satellite tracking and processing facility

To apply please contact faculty here: Dr. Hans C. Graber,

PhD Opportunity 2: Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Applied to Ocean Features

This Office of Naval Research sponsored Project seeks to improve extraction and classification of ocean features from voluminous archives of satellite synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery such as the one hosted at CSTARS with ~10 million images. The student(s) will participate in developing appropriate machine learning (ML) algorithms and using artificial intelligence (AI) to identify, extract and classify ocean features such as internal waves, eddies, fronts, ice floes and bathymetry. The Project will also involve researching and developing better SAR processing algorithms. Research will be carried out with the UM’s Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing (CSTARS), a state-of-theart satellite tracking and processing facility.

To apply please contact faculty here: Dr. Hans C. Graber,; Dr. Roland Romeiser,

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