Research Fellow, 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 renewing interests in remote sensing of arid environments whilst working 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 inter-annual variation of vegetation and land surfaces to interpret land cover-change and landscape processes. He is skilled in the use of programming languages and software to analyse spatial data.
Andrew is using satellite data for (i) Peatland restoration - Peatland Action, Scottish National Heritage, (ii) Colombian Paramo and water storage - NERC and (iii) Mathematical challenges in… read more
Andrew is using satellite data for (i) Peatland restoration - Peatland Action, Scottish National Heritage, (ii) Colombian Paramo and water storage - NERC and (iii) Mathematical challenges in landscape decisions - NERC.
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