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Giles Foody

Professor of Geographical Information Science, Faculty of Social Sciences

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I have broad interests in geography - spanning activity that lies in the social sciences (e.g. on the motivations, ability and potential of volunteers/citizen sensors to advance geographic research),… read more

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I have broad interests in geography - spanning activity that lies in the social sciences (e.g. on the motivations, ability and potential of volunteers/citizen sensors to advance geographic research), the environmental sciences (e.g. on land cover changes on the carbon cycle and patterns of biodiversity) and technology/engineering (e.g. on machine learning methods for image analysis). My main research interests focus on the interface between remote sensing, informatics and ecology.

I have been fortunate to work on a variety of projects with a range of collaborators, including >36 PhD students who have worked under my supervision. This work has been supported by research funding from a variety of bodies. I am or have recently been PI on awards from the:

  • EPSRC
  • British Academy
  • EU COST - I am chair of the inter-disciplinary COST Action TD1202 'Mapping and the Citizen Sensor' which lies in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) COST domain and involves colleagues from ~30 countries.
  • EU Horizon

A major new programme of research is within the the LandSense project funded by an EU Horizon award (https://landsense.eu/). This project brings together my interests in remote sensing, crowdsourcing/citizen sensing and land cover. Much of this project will focus on the assessment of the accuracy of data contributed by citizens and those obtained by new satellite systems to case studies addressing important topics in conservation, agriculture and land cover/forestry. This methodological work should also help advance scientific research, notably NERC supported research on the biodiversity and biomass of tropical forests. A key feature of all of this work is on furthering the understanding the effects of land cover changes on fundamental ecosystem properties. Finally, a new avenue of research is focused on the use of remote sensing in addressing sustainable development goals, notably in relation to slavery, and is part funded by the EPSRC. I welcome proposals from potential PhD students wishing to undertake research that relates to these various activities.

To-date, research has resulted in >200 refereed journal articles, 9 books and >200 other publications (book chapters, conference papers etc). My publications have been cited >20,000 times and I have a 'h' index of 75 (source - Google Scholar).

I serve on a variety of committees (e.g. sub-panel C17 of REF2014) and I am currently on the editorial board of >10 journals:

  • Emer. Editor-in-chief International Journal of Remote Sensing (Letters editor 2001-8; EiC 2007-2013, Emeritius, 2014- )
  • Editor-in-chief Remote Sensing Letters (Founding editor-in-chief, 2010- )
  • 'Co-ordinating' editor Landscape Ecology (2005- )
  • Associate editor Ecological Informatics & guest editor, vol 2(2), (2005-2016)
  • Editorial board Geocarto International (1996-)
  • Editorial board Remote Sensing of Environment (2005-)
  • Editorial board International Journal of Applied Remote Sensing (2006-);
  • Editorial board International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation (2007-)
  • Editorial board Remote Sensing (2009-)
  • Editorial board Scottish Geographical Journal (2010-)
  • Editorial board PeerJ (2017- )
  • Editorial board Korean Journal of Remote Sensing (2017- )

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