Dr Ian Davenport
Project 'Multi-scale impacts of cyanobacterial crusts on landscape stability'
Postgraduate supervision: Karolina Fieber, thesis 'Airborne Small-Footprint Full-Waveform LiDAR Data for Vegetation Characterization'
Remote sensing of the land surface - soil, vegetation and snow properties.
Ian has a BSc (1st Hons, 1990) in Physics with Astrophysics from The University of Kent, and a PhD (1994) in Astronomy from University College London. He has worked on the extraction of environmental variables from remotely-sensed data since 1994 in the NERC Unit for Thematic Information Systems, the NERC Environmental Systems Science Centre and the National Centre for Earth Observation.
His remote sensing experience has included developing novel methodology for deriving digital elevation models of the intertidal zones from SAR satellite data, using airborne laser altimetry to estimate soil roughness and vegetation structure and density, modelling gene flow from genetically-modified oilseed rape, estimating field-scale pollution migration from topography, soil moisture and snow mass measurement from satellite data.
Ian has worked on the soil moisture retrieval algorithms for the European Space Agency's Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) Mission within the Expert Support Laboratory group at the University of Reading, and for NASA's Soil Moisture Active/Passive Mission as part of the mission Science Team.