Geography and Environment

Research Group: Global Environmental Change and Earth Observation

We use earth observation  data, geostatistical tools and process models to investigate different aspects of global environmental change.

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Group Overview

Global environmental change

Global environmental change

Our research focuses on the development and application of models and algorithms for retrieving information from earth observation data from airborne and satellite platforms, field instrumentation and surveys. We also develop geographical information systems (GIS) and computational models that represent global-change impacts on society and natural resources at multiple spatial scales. We have strong geocomputational and technical skills and work closely with the Institute of Complex Systems Simulation.

We apply our research to environmental management and policy-decision support and have research projects in Europe, the US, South America, Africa and Asia. Our use of geospatial technologies for public health and environmental applications is closely allied to the agendas of development programmes and international charitable foundations.

We lead the UK element of the prestigious Erasmus Mundus international Masters Programme, which brings students from around the world to study remote-sensing and geospatial techniques.

Publications

Selected publications associated with this group from the University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints):

Article

Biggs, Eloise M. and Atkinson, P.M. (2011) A characterisation of climate variability and trends in hydrological extremes in the Severn Uplands. International Journal of Climatology, 31, (11), 1634-1652. (doi:10.1002/joc.2176).
Milton, Edward J., Baret, Frederic, Rossello, Philippe, Anderson, Elisa and Rockall, Emma (2011) A multi-stage database of field measurements and synoptic remotely sensed data to support model validation and testing in Earth observation. Computers & Geosciences, 37, (9), 1511-1514. (doi:10.1016/j.cageo.2011.02.007).
Biggs, Eloise M. and Atkinson, Peter M. (2010) A comparison of gauge and radar precipitation data for simulating an extreme hydrological event in the Severn Uplands, UK. Hydrological Processes, 25, (5), 795-810. (doi:10.1002/hyp.7869).
Dash, J., Jeganathan, C. and Atkinson, P.M. (2010) The use of MERIS terrestrial chlorophyll index to study spatio-temporal variation in vegetation phenology over India. Remote Sensing of Environment, 114, (7), 1388-1402. (doi:10.1016/j.rse.2010.01.021).
Anderson, Karen, Bennie, Jonathan, Milton, Ted, Hughes, Paul, Lindsay, Richard and Meade, Roger (2010) Classification of ombrotrophic peatland condition using structural signatures from remote sensing data. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 12, 3567.
Adnan, Nor Aizam and Atkinson, P. M. (2010) Exploring the impact of climate and land use changes on streamflow trends in a monsoon catchment. International Journal of Climatology (doi:10.1002/joc.2112).
Anderson, K., Bennie, J.J., Milton, E.J., Hughes, P.D.M., Lindsay, R. and Meade, R. (2010) Combining LiDAR and IKONOS data for eco‐hydrological classification of an ombrotrophic peatland. Journal of Environmental Quality, 39, (1), 260-273. (doi:10.2134/jeq2009.0093). (PMID:20048314).
Harris, A. and Dash, J. (2010) The potential of the MERIS Terrestrial Chlorophyll Index for carbon flux estimation. Remote Sensing of Environment (doi:10.1016/j.rse.2010.03.010). (In Press).
Jeganathan, C., Dash, J. and Atkinson, P.M. (2010) Mapping phenology of natural vegetation in India using remote sensing derived chlorophyll index. International Journal of Remote Sensing (In Press).
Batchelor, Nicola A., Atkinson, Peter M., Gething, Peter W., Picozzi, Kim, Fèvre, Eric M., Kakembo, Abbas S. L. and Welburn, Susan C. (2009) Spatial predictions of rhodesian human african trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness) prevalence in Kaberamaido and Dokolo, two newly affected districts of Uganda. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 3, (12), 563. (doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0000563).
Milton, Edward J., Schaepman, Michael E., Anderson, Karen, Kneubühler, Mathias and Fox, Nigel (2009) Progress in field spectroscopy. [in special issue: Imaging Spectroscopy] Remote Sensing of Environment, 113, supplement 1, S92-S109. (doi:10.1016/j.rse.2007.08.001).

Book Section

Wilson, R.T. and Milton, E.J. (2010) Automated selection of suitable atmospheric calibration sites for satellite imagery. In, From the Sea-Bed to the Cloud-Tops. Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society Annual Conference with Irish Earth Observation Symposium. Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society Annual Conference with Irish Earth Observation Symposium Nottingham, GB, Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society, University of Nottingham.
Biggs, E.M., Atkinson, P.M. and De Roure, D.C. (2009) Modelling the extreme hydrological event of Summer 2007 in the Severn Uplands from gauge and radar rainfall sources. In, Chelmicki, W. and Siwek, J. (eds.) Proceedings of Hydrological Extremes in Small Basins: 12th Biennial International Conference of the Euromediterranean Network of Experimental and Representative Basins (ERB). Hydrological Extremes in Small Basins: 12th Biennial International Conference of the Euromediterranean Network of Experimental and Representative Basins (ERB) Paris, France, International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), 1-8. (Technical Documents in Hydrology 84). (UNESCO Working Series SC-2009/WS/11).
Asmat, A., Milton, E.J. and Atkinson, P.M. (2008) Atmospheric correction of multiple flightline hyperspectral data (CASI-3). In, Proceedings of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society Conference: “Measuring Change in the Earth System”. University of Exeter, 15-17 September 2008. Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society Conference: “Measuring Change in the Earth System” Nottingham, GB, Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry Society, 1-4.

Staff

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