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Master student Opportunities in Remote Sensing of Water Quality 

Positions description

These MSc positions are related to a project recently funded by the Global Water Futures, ‘Managing Urban Eutrophication Risks under Climate Change: An Integrated Modelling and Decision Support Framework’ at the University of Waterloo. The project aims to develop a toolbox for assessing the vulnerability and exposure of Lake Ontario’s water quality to excessive phosphorus (P) export due to urbanization and climate change. The focus will be on eutrophication risks and Cladophora growth in the littoral zone of the Western basin of Lake Ontario (WLO) driven by urban P inputs from Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe, which includes the Greater Toronto Area.


  • We are seeking a Master student to study the retrieval algorithm of Cladophora and Chl-a concentration utilizing remote sensing sensors to calibrate the developed algal growth model of western Lake Ontario. This research is a collaboration between Ecohydrology Lab at the University of Waterloo and ReSEC Lab at Wilfrid Laurier University. The research will contribute to assembling the suite of modeling and assessment tools that will link variable urban nutrient export fluxes to the ecological, social and economic impacts of eutrophication in the receiving surface waters.


Supervisors: Prof. Philippe Van Cappellen, Prof. Homa Kheyrollah Pour


Eligibility: Students interested should have a strong background in remote sensing and experience in one or a combination of Geography, Physics, Earth Science, Geomatics, and Biology. Strengths in programming, writing, statistical analysis, and the ability to work both independently and in a team are essential. The candidate should have good quantitative skills, Python programming as well as interest in spatial analysis of large datasets. Funding is available for two years.


Application Information Enquiries: Further information about this MSc position can be obtained by contacting Dr. Kheyrollah Pour (


Application Process: Interested candidates can submit a letter of application to Dr. Kheyrollah Pour ( The letter of application should include (1) a cover letter outlining the student’s interest and motivation to work in the project, (2) relevant background and experience to increase eligibility, and (3) a full curriculum vitae.

Closing date: Applications will be reviewed as they are received. The positions will remain open until filled. Only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

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