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Dr Patrick Osborne BSc, DPhil, FLS, FRGS


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Patrick E. Osborne is a data scientist and spatial analyst with special interest in how patterns in environmental factors affect human wellbeing and biodiversity, within Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Southampton.

He is a member of the EU EMERGE consortium working to evaluate the effects of potential emission reduction solutions for shipping in Europe. He also studies the impacts of environmental stressors in urban environments and how these may be ameliorated through effective spatial planning. Previous work has focused on tools and techniques for robust assessment of biodiversity and ecosystems, combining his skills in landscape ecology, satellite remote sensing, geographic information systems and modern statistics.


D.Phil., Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology, University of Oxford.
BSc (Hons) Biology, specialising in Ecology. First class honours. University of Exeter.


Senior Lecturer, School of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Stirling.
Head of Ecology, National Avian Research Centre, Abu Dhabi.
Freelance Consultant, specialising in environmental monitoring and data analysis.
Conservation Management Adviser and Researcher, RSPB, Sandy.
Science Officer, British Council, London and Lesotho.
Demonstrator in Ecology, Department of Zoology, University College of Swansea.

Patrick’s work centres around data analysis in ecology and environmental science; spatial analysis; landscape ecology; GIS and remote sensing. His papers have attracted >6500 citations and his H-index is 29 (Google Scholar).

PhD Supervision

Patrick is currently supervising four cross-disciplinary PhD projects with a fifth starting March 2020 on machine learning approaches to urban image analysis. He has supervised an additional 16 PhDs to completion and has conducted research examinations for nine universities in four countries.

Research Projects

Patrick currently works within the EU EMERGE project, a consortium of 18 groups from across Europe who have come together (i) to quantify and evaluate the effects of potential emission reduction solutions for shipping in Europe for several scenarios, and (ii) to develop effective strategies and measures to reduce the environmental impacts of shipping. EMERGE objectives will be achieved through real-world test cases involving measurements and modelling on actual vessels, along main shipping routes and in sensitive European marine regions. The project will collect and synthesize experimental evidence on waste streams to water and emissions to air originating from ships, for different emission control technologies. The measurements will focus on abatement techniques and will include emissions to, and concentrations in water, air and marine biota. The project will especially investigate how effectively available scrubbers reduce the effects of key pollutants.

EMERGE includes five geographical case studies, in different ecologically vulnerable regions, and a mobile onboard case study. The case study regions are (i) Eastern Mediterranean (ii) Northern Adriatic Sea, (iii) the region surrounding the Lagoon of Aveiro, (iv) the Solent Strait and (v) the Öresund Strait. The mobile onboard case study will be deployed in various European sea regions. EMERGE will develop an integrated modelling framework to assess the combined impacts of shipping emissions on the aquatic and atmospheric environments, and the effects on marine ecosystems. The assessment will include the benefits and costs of control and mitigation options affecting water quality, air pollution exposure, health impact, climate forcing and bioaccumulation of pollutants. EMERGE will provide recommendations and guidance for stakeholders and decision-makers on cost-beneficial options for sustainable use of shipping on the medium and long term.

Patrick is also working on the measurement and modelling of urban stressors and how these are experienced by city dwellers.

Recently completed grants include EPSRC-funded work on Engineering healthier cities: towards minimised inhalation of air pollution during active travel, Defra/NE/SNH-funded work on Conservation and adaptation in the landscape: A review of landscape scale approaches, and a NERC/EUFAR supported project on Hyperspectral monitoring and field surveys of a Mediterranean ecosystem.

Research group

Environmental Change and Sustainability (ECaS)

Affiliate research groups

Centre for Environmental Sciences, Landscape Dynamics and Ecology (LDE)

Research project(s)

The effects of climate change on the distribution, biodiversity and ecosystem services of tropical montane forests

Evaluation, control and Mitigation of the EnviRonmental impacts of shippinG Emissions

Programme Lead for MSc Environmental and Sustainability Programme Suite.

Awards External Examiner for the Faculty of Science, University of Plymouth (2019 onwards).

Grant reviewer for the Millennium Science Initiative (MSI) at Chile’s Ministry of Economy, (2020).

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Module lead for:

  • Advanced Quantitative Methods – data science and predictive modelling using machine-learning tools in R (level 4 and level 7)
  • Advanced GIS and Spatial Analysis – GIS modelling using open source software (level 7)
  • MSc Research Project - project design and execution for Environmental Management and Sustainability students (level 7).

Contributor to:

  • Environmental Instrumentation – introduction to building simple electronic monitoring equipment using Arduinos, followed by data collection with the device and data analysis (level 2).
Dr Patrick Osborne
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Room Number NNN: 44/2054

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