Type dienstverband:
Internship and graduation project
Uren per week:
Fulltime – 40

Internship | Greenhouse gas emission inventory (CH4 and N2O) of European rivers, inland waterbodies and estuaries

About this position

Climate change is the most pressing global environmental challenge. To reduce global warming we need to reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) are the most important GHGs after CO2. For mitigation and policies, an emission inventory is necessary to identify source contributions and mitigation potential. To complete existing inventories, like TNO's European GHG emission inventory, we need to also address the (semi)natural sources.

What will be your role?

We intend to construct a CH4 and N2O emissions inventory of European rivers, inland waterbodies and estuaries. These are semi-natural sources often missing or uncertain in the official reporting by countries. There are different components for this work 1) literature study on Emission factors; incl overview of current reporting by countries 2) overview of emission processes and possible drivers that may help predict the emissions (e.g. flow rate, temperature, dissolved organic carbon, nitrogen); 3) emission timing (when in the year do these emission occur also irt point 2); 4) spatial distribution including GIS maps of waterbody locations, small streams and proxies for small sources (ditches etc.).

What we expect from you

  • Relevant study for this topic (Environmental / Earth sciences / Climate Change / GIS)
  • Affinity with the topic and preferably a basic understanding of the biological processes leading to CH4 and N2O emission in ecosystems.
  • Ability to work with large datasets; e.g. MS access or python for data handling and/or QGIS.
  • Depending on the duration of the internship a focal point can be selected which best fits with the skills and topic of your MSc programme

What you'll get in return

You want to work on the precursor of your career; a work placement gives you an opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO goes a step further. It’s not just looking that interests us; you and your knowledge are essential to our innovation. That’s why we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. You will, of course, be properly supervised during your work placement and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable work placement compensation.

TNO as an employer

At TNO, we innovate for a healthier, safer and more sustainable life. And for a strong economy. Since 1932, we have been making knowledge and technology available for the common good. We find each other in wonder and ingenuity. We are driven to push boundaries. There is all the space and support for your talent and ambition. You work with people who will challenge you: who inspire you and want to learn from you. Our state-of-the-art facilities are there to realize your vision. What you do at TNO matters: impact makes the difference. Because with every innovation you contribute to tomorrow’s world. Read more about TNO as an employer.

At TNO we encourage an inclusive work environment, where you can be yourself. Whatever your story and whatever unique qualities you bring to the table. It is by combining our unique strengths and perspectives that we are able to develop innovations that make a real difference in society. Want to know more? Read what steps we are taking in the area of diversity and inclusion.

The selection process

After the first CV selection, the application process will be conducted by the concerning department. TNO will provide a suitable internship agreement. If you have any questions about this vacancy, you can contact the contact person mentioned below.

Students must reside in the Netherlands before the start and also throughout the internship or graduation project at TNO.

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