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Remote sensing, GIS and spatial modelling

Members of the remote sensing, GIS and spatial modelling research theme are committed to advancing our understanding of Earth system science through the effective use of geospatial technologies.

Members of the group conduct both scientific and applied research towards improved understanding, management and monitoring of urban (Sarah Lindley), ecological (Angela Harris, Julia McMorrow), hydrological (Angela Harris) and cryospheric (Laura Edwards, Jason Dortch) systems. Further details of our work can be found by following the links to our individual web pages.

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Current research projects

  • Facultative and constitutive pigment effects on isoprene emissions: Implications for the use of optical data for BVOC emission estimations. Angela Harris, Sue Owen (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology) 
  • Near-surface optical monitoring of photosynthetic pigments. Angela Harris, John Gamon (Alberta) 
  • Functional analysis of forest phenology. Angela Harris 
  • Eco-hydrological modelling of northern peatlands. Angela Harris, Andy Baird (Leeds), Sheila Palmer (Leeds) 
  • High resolution mapping of peatland patterns and processes. Angela Harris
  • Glacial lake outburst floods in the Bolivian Andes: Investigating glacial lake outburst flood events in the Cordillera Real region of the Bolivian Andes. Laura Edwards, Jason Dortch, Simon Cook (MMU) 
  • NOW polynya and neighbouring Arctic glaciers: Investigating the interactions via the atmosphere and ocean between the North Water polynya (NOW) and neighbouring glaciers of the Greenland and Canadian Arctic using remote sensing and modelling. Laura Edwards
  • Knowledge for wildfire - Improving management of UK wildfire though knowledge exchange. Julia McMorrow.
  • Understanding long term glacial erosion in the Nyainqentanglha mountain range. PI Lindsay Schoenbohm (Toronto), Jason Dortch
  • Developing a usable tool for automatic delineation of Himalayan glaciers to quantify equilibrium-line altitudes. Marina Tzima, Jason Dortch
  • Urban ecosystem services assessment in sub-Saharan African cities as part of the EU Climate Change & Urban Vulnerability in Africa (CLUVA) project. Sarah Lindley, Gina Cavan, Susannah Gill, Manoj Roy (Lancaster), Clive Agnew
  • Assessing socio-spatial vulnerability and climate disadvantage and supporting local action through the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Environment Agency Climate Just project. Sarah Lindley, Aleksandra Kazmierczak (Cardiff), Angela Connelly, John O'Neill.
  • A Radar Multisensor Approach to Detect Moorland Burn Scars and Assess Burn Scar Persistence in the Landscape (Funded by Mimas & SEED). Gail Millin-Chalabi