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COAST Student Internships Summer 2018

​​Remote Sensing Solutions, Inc. 

Coastal Modeling and Prediction Internship​


Host: Remote Sensing Solutions, Inc. (RSS), is a small research and development (R&D) company based in Monrovia, California. Scientists at RSS are leading flood prediction, coastal ocean modeling, data assimilation, and real-time prediction efforts with collaborators at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and UCLA Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science and Engineering​.

Location: Monrovia (map​)

Internship Dates:  June 4 - August 17, 2018; start and end dates are flexible with regard to student’s academic commitments.

Stipend: $5,000

Time Commitment: The internship is a full time, 11-week commitment. Over the 11 weeks, the intern may take up to five days off for personal reasons, vacation or illness. If participation is less than 100%, the stipend will be pro-rated.

Position Description and Responsibilities: One (1) internship is available working with scientists at the RSS Monrovia office. The Monrovia office is simulating river flooding and operating an ocean prediction system for the California coastal regions. 

Ocean-coastal modeling: Real-time observations (including sea surface temperature and height from satellites, surface current from land-based high-frequency radars, vertical profiles of temperature and salinity from profiling floats, gliders and moorings) are optimally combined (through a 3-dimensional variational or 3DVAR data assimilation method) with a 3-dimensional numerical model of the coastal ocean (through the Regional Ocean Modeling System, or ROMS) in order to produce the best estimate of the ocean (including 3-dimensional fields of temperature, salinity, and velocity as well as water level). 

River flow modeling: The global-scale Water Balance Model is producing forcing data as input to a higher-resolution river flood flow model (LISFLOOD-FP) that can generate water levels and flooding in the coastal regions. At RSS, we have a continental-scale simulation for the US and elsewhere of that flood model.

The intern will investigate further the development and refinement of either or both of these models and, as needed, integrate the model outputs for California coastal regions. Specific tasks include

1. Including major coastal rivers and their flows from an existing river flood model; 

2. Evaluating the 3-dimensional coastal ocean model; 

3. Testing new modeling schemes; and 

4. Visualizing and/or publishing (via web site and/or mobile device) the time-varying 3-dimensional model output.

Preferred Experience and Capabilities: Experience with geophysical fluid dynamics and numerical ocean and hydrodynamic modeling (e.g., ROMS, HEC-RAS, etc.) is desirable although not required. Core internship duties may be performed by students with physical disabilities or limitations.

Skills Gained: Intern will gain hands-on experience in scientific research in the field of operational oceanography and river hydrodynamics. Specific skills gained include real-time data processing, numerical modeling, data assimilation, and 3D visualization.

Eligibility/Requirements: Applicants must have completed courses in mathematics, physics, engineering, statistics, and environmental or Earth sciences including hydrology. Interns must be able to keep excellent laboratory notes, get along well with others, maintain professionalism, and be reliable.​​​​ Applicants are also subject to general eligibility requirements​.​​​


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