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.
Who we are
Jason Dortch (Groups: QEG, EPRG)
Jason undertakes geospatial modelling to determine the patterns and metrics associated with contemporary glacial systems to facilitate improved understanding of glaciation processes.
Laura Edwards (Groups: EPRG, QEG)
Laura's research involves the application of satellite remote sensing, GIS, model and fieldwork data to study contemporary changes in glaciers, ice sheets, sea ice and the oceans. Her work often involves using in situ field measurements (e.g. GPS, GPR, UAV, passive seismic equipment, sub-glacial probes, CTD, ADCP) in combination with satellite data.
Angela Harris (Group: EPRG)
Angela's research interests focus on the innovative application of remote sensing for monitoring the impact of environmental change on vegetation communities, and for improving our understanding of ecosystem physical processes. She is interested in the development of new algorithms and the novel use of Earth observation data across a range of temporal and spatial scales, ranging from field spectroscopy to the analysis of UAV, airborne and satellite imagery.
Sarah Lindley (Group: EPRG)
Sarah has interests in urban climate adaptation; urban ecosystem services, urban air quality; geospatial analysis of human-environment interactions impacting on human health and wellbeing; and the assessment of spatial patterns of risk and vulnerability. A large part of her work involves the analysis of spatial pattern and process using GIS.
Julia McMorrow (Group: EPRG)
Julia's work focuses on wildfire in the UK, especially the analysis of vegetation fire risk using remote sensing and GIS. Julia works closely with the Fire Service, National Parks, land managers and policy-makers to help them access existing research evidence, add value to their own fire statistics, and broker new partnership research. Recent PhD supervision includes projects on hyperspectral and SAR remote sensing of peatland burn scars.
Gail Millin-Chalabi (Group: EPRG)
Gail’s research interests focus on the innovative application of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) for burn scar detection in UK moorland environments. Gail currently works on spatial and temporal analysis of burn scars created by wildfire events. Gail is also experienced in the development of Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI) for data delivery and web GIS.
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