My research interests focus on monitoring land surface dynamics using optical and thermal remote sensing. One aspect of this concerns linking Earth Observation (EO) data with models for quantifying land surface dynamics and vegetation change using biophysical parameters such as leaf area index and vegetation cover. More recently my research has focused on improving the understanding of fire in the natural environment and on the utilisation of satellite data to address questions regarding fire impacts and effects. This involves the development of thermal EO methods and their use in quantifying the amount of terrestrially-stored carbon released through biomass burning. In conjunction with colleagues at Kings College London and EUMETSAT this research led to the production of an operational fire detection and characterisation algorithm which is available from the Land Satellite Applications Facility.
Global Environmental Change and Earth Observation
Dr Gareth Roberts
Building 44 University of Southampton University Road Southampton SO17 1BJ
Room Number: 44/2079
Telephone: (023) 8059 9224