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Last updated 27th March 2023

Biography

I am a geophysicist and remote sensing specialist who has a wide range of research interests in Earth Observation to study changes in natural environments from Arctic sea ice to wetlands and forests in sub-Saharan Africa. Since completed my PhD from the University of Manitoba in Canada, my research attracted research grants from NERC, Royal Society, EU and the U.S. Office of Naval Research. Current research includes:

  • Arctic sea ice – I analyse satellite and aerial survey data to study how the thermodynamic melt affects the fragmentation of Arctic sea ice. In this project, I am working closely with the University of Reading (and Met Office, ECMWF, NOC and British Antarctic Survey).
  • Agricultural wetlands in Malawi – I use the latest technology of unmanned aerial systems (UAV) and satellite imagery to assess the degradation of the agricultural wetlands in Malawi. I am closely collaborating with the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources and local partners.
  • Coffee forest in Ethiopia – I use innovative ground survey and satellite technologies to assess the changes in the coffee forest in Ethiopia as well as the conservation of wild coffee trees in the forests. In this project, I am closely working with Jimma University.
  • Land use mapping in the UK – I use a combination of UAV and citizen science tools to map the land use of local farming communities.

I teach topics of remote sensing, GIS, climate, statistics and mountain environments.

I welcome any postgraduate student research ideas involving image analysis/machine learning, advanced satellite algorithms, and UAV technology for better monitoring of natural environments.    

I am currently the director of the Centre for Climate Resilient Society at the University of Huddersfield.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Sea Ice
  • Marginal Ice Zone
  • Synthetic aperture radar

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