Research Fellow - Application of Satellite Techniques To Studying Peatland Dynamics, Faculty of Engineering
Andrew began researching at the University of Birmingham incorporating urban and rural climate models with GIS to help improve winter road maintenance in the West Midlands (UK). He then moved to the University of Leicester where he studied for a PhD whilst contributing to a research project identifying threats around conservation areas in the Andes. Using his Earth observation skills (MSc. Leicester 1997) and an award from the Royal Geographical Society (Slawson Award) he analysed the patterns of deliberate agricultural grassland fires in the uplands and measured how agriculturalists influenced forest fragmentation in the lowland tropical forests. His main finding was that coca leaf cultivation (the source of cocaine paste) had less impact on deforestation than legitimate tropical fruits. He was awarded a PhD for this work in 2005. Andrew then contributed to the Water Life and Civilisation project monograph (University of Reading) with his GIS skills before moving to the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (Monks Wood) as a Remote Sensing Scientist investigating vegetation phenology cycles in the Amazon and contributing to the production of the UK Land Cover Map 2007. Andrew then returned to the University of Leicester to work on the Geoland2 and ESA fire-cci burned area products. As an algorithm developer in the production of improved burned area data sets from European satellites he added real time fire metric calculations and helped with product validation. After this work Andrew moved to Silwood Park (Imperial College) to develop land-change models. Here he ran a series of workshops bringing together key people from the land-change modelling community to develop the utility of land-change modeling. From this he led the development of a land-change model ensemble and a map validation tool, SimiVal. Here at the University of Nottingham Andrew is investigating peatland condition with remote sensing technologies.
Andrew has particular expertise in remote sensing of vegetation with respect to interpreting land cover-change and investigating the inter-annual variation of vegetation cycles.
Andrew is currently working on a project to investigate the condition of peatlands in the UK using satellite data. With a focus on the Flow Country in northern Scotland he is investigating the… read more
Andrew is currently working on a project to investigate the condition of peatlands in the UK using satellite data. With a focus on the Flow Country in northern Scotland he is investigating the applications of InSAR and optical satellite images to better understand peatland dynamics.
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