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Dr Mathias (Mat) Disney

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mdisney2.jpeI am a senior lecturer in Remote Sensing in the Department of Geography and member of the Environmental Monitoring and Modelling Group.

I can usually be found in Room 113, Pearson Building. My office number is +44 (0)20 7679 0592 (fullcontact details).

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UCL Dept. of Geography, Office 113, Pearson Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 0592 (int. x30592)

email: mathias dot disney at ucl dot ac dot uk (replace "at" and "dot" appropriately)

twitter: @mathiasdisney

Blog: Terrestrial laser scanning

Biography

I am a senior lecturer in Remote Sensing in the Department of Geography and member of the Environmental Monitoring and Modelling Group. I am also a member of the NERC National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO), and am funded through the Carbon Cycle theme. I was also involved in the precursor NERC Centre for Terrestrial Carbon Dynamics.

My background was a BSc in physics, followed by our very own UCL MSc in remote sensing. I then studied radiative transfer modelling of crop canopies for my PhD, using detailed 3D models to explore the information content of moderate resolution satellite data, to test simpler models and validate new (at the time!) satellite albedo products based on these simpler approaches. This led to work with NASA colleagues on the MODIS BRDF/albedo product, amongst other things.

 

Publications

Citation information

My Google scholar profile is here: ~2200 citations, h-index 19 (as of April 2014).

Peer-reviewed journal papers:

2014

Danson, F. M., Gaulton, R. et al. incl. Disney, M. I. and Lewis, P. E. (2014, accepted) Developing a dual-wavelength full-waveform terrestrial laser scanner to characterise forest canopy structure, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, accepted.

Disney, M. I. (2014, forthcoming) Remote sensing of vegetation: potentials, limitations, developments and applications, in Canopy Photosynthesis: From Basics to Applications eds. K. Hikosaka, U. Niinemets and N. P. R. Anten, Springer Series: Advances In Photosynthesis and Respiration, Springer, Dordrecht.

Hackenberg, J., Morhart, C., Sheppard, J., Spiecker, H., and Disney, M. I. (2014) Highly accurate tree models derived from terrestrial laser scan data - a method description, Forests (OPEN ACCESS), Special Issue: LiDAR and Other Remote Sensing Applications in Mapping and Monitoring of Forests Structure and Biomass), 5, 1069-1105; doi:10.3390/f5051069.

Chen, X. T., Disney, M. I., Lewis, P. and Armston, J. (2014) Sensitivity of direct canopy gap fraction retrieval from airborne waveform lidar to topography and survey characteristics, Remote Sensing of Environment, 143C (2014) OPEN ACCESS, 15-25, DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2013.12.010.

2013

Widlowski, JL, Pinty, B, M Lopatka, C Atzberger, D Buzica, M Chelle, M. I. Disney, JP Gastellu-Etchegorry, M Gerboles, N Gobron, E Grau, H Huang, A Kallel, H Kobayashi, P Lewis, M Schlerf, J Stuckens, W Qin, D Xie (2013, in press) The 4th Radiation Transfer Model Intercomparison (RAMI-IV): Using ISO standards to evaluate model proficiency, JGR Atmospheres, 118, 68696890, doi:10.1002/jgrd.50497 (PDF).

Knyazikhin, Y, Lewis, P., Disney, M. I., Mõttus, M, Rautiainen, M, Stenberg, P, Kaufmann, R, Marshak, A, Schull, MA, Carmona, PL, Vanderbilt, V, Davis, AB, Baret, F, Jacquemoud, S, Lyapustin, A, Yang, Y and Myneni, RB (2013) Reply to Ollinger et al. (2013): Remote sensing of leaf nitrogen and emergent ecosystem properties, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, doi:10.1073/pnas.1305930110 (PDF). See Ollinger et al. letter here.

Weissert, L. and Disney, M. I. (2013) Carbon storage in peatlands: A case study on the Isle of Man, Geoderma, 204-205, 111-119 (PDF).

Knyazikhin, Y, Lewis, P, Disney, M. I., Stenberg, P, Mõttus, M, Rautiainen, M, Kaufmann, R, Marshak, A, Schull, MA, Carmona, PL, Vanderbilt, V, Davis, AB, Baret, F, Jacquemoud, S, Lyapustin, A, Yang, Y and Myneni, RB (2013) Reply to Townsend et al.: Decoupling contributions from canopy structure and leaf optics is critical for remote sensing leaf biochemistry. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1301247110, (PDF). See Townsend et al. letter here.

Calders, K., Lewis, P., Disney, M. I., Verbesselt, J. and Herold, M. (2013) Modelling LiDAR waveforms to solve for canopy properties, Rem. Sens. Environ., 134, 39-49, doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2013.02.018 (PDF).

Armston, J., Disney, M. I., Lewis, P., Scarth, P., Phinn, S., Lucas, R., Bunting, P., Goodwin, N. (2013) Direct retrieval of canopy gap probability using airborne waveform lidar, Remote Sensing of Environment,134, 24-38 (PDF).

Raumonen, P, Kaasalainen, M, Åkerblom, M, Kaasalainen, S, Kaartinen, H, Vastaranta, M, Holopainen, M, Disney, M. I. and Lewis, P (2013) Comprehensive Quantitative Tree Models From Terrestrial Laser Scanner Data, Remote Sensing, 5(2), 491-520; doi:10.3390/rs5020491. See the direct link (free access) or local PDF version.

Stoy, P. C., Williams, M., Evans, J. G., Prieto-Blanco, A., Disney, M. I., Hill, T. C., Ward, H., Wade, T. J., and Street, L. (2013) Upscaling tundra CO2 exchange from chamber to eddy covariance tower, Antarctic and Alpine Research, 45 (2), 275-284 (PDF).

2012

Knyazikhin, Y, Schull, MA, Stenberg, P, Mõttus, M, Rautiainen, M, Yang, Y, Marshak,A, Carmona, PL, Kaufmann, R, Lewis, P, Disney, M. I., Vanderbilt, V, Davis, AB, Baret, F, Jacquemoud, S, Lyapustin, A and Myneni, RB (2012) Hyperspectral remote sensing of foliar nitrogen content. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 110(3), E185-E192, doi:10.1073/pnas.1210196109 (PDF and Suppl. Information). See also commentary by Prof. Susan Ustin (local PDF here).

Hancock, S., Lewis, P., Foster, M., Disney, M. I., and Muller, J. -P. (2012) Measuring tree height over topography and understory vegetation with dual wavelength lidar: a simulation study, Agric. For. Meteorol., 161, 123-133, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agrformet.2012.03.014 (PDF) .

Pfeifer, M. Disney, M. I., Quaife, T., and Marchant, R. (2012) Terrestrial ecosystems from space: a review of earth observation products for macroecology applications Glob. Ecol. and Biogeog., 21, 603-624, DOI: 10.1111/j.1466-8238.2011.00712.x, (PDF; Supplementary Material).

Pfeifer, M., Alemu, G., Pellikka, P., Disney, M. I., and Marchant, R. (2012) Leaf area index changes along precipitation gradients in tropical biomes of the Eastern Arc Mountains and their catchment areas Rem. Sens. Environ., 118, 103-115, 10.1016/j.rse.2011.11.009 (PDF).

2011

Hancock, S., Disney, M. I., Muller, J. -P., Lewis, P. and Foster, M., (2011) A threshold insensitive method for locating tree tops with waveform lidar, Rem. Sens. Environ., 115 (12) 3286-3297, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2011.07.012, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2011.07.012 (PDF).

Disney, M. I., Lewis, P., Gomez-Dans, J., Roy, D., Wooster, M. and Lajas, D. (2011) 3D radiative transfer modelling of fire impacts on a two-layer savanna system, Rem. Sens. Environ.., 115, 1866-1881, DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2011.03.010 (PDF)

De Kauwe, M.,G. Disney, M. I., Quaife, T., Lewis, P. and Williams, M. (2011) An assessment of the MODIS collection 5 Leaf Area Index product for a region of mixed coniferous forest, Rem. Sens. Environ., 115 (2), 767-780 (PDF).

2010

Disney, M. I., Kalogirou, V., Lewis, P. E., Prieto-Blanco, A., Hancock, S. and Pfeifer, M. (2010) Simulating the impact of discrete-return lidar system and survey characteristics over 2 young conifer and broadleaf forests, Remote Sensing Environment, 114, 1546-1560, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2010.02.009 (PDF).

2009

Disney, M. I., Lewis, P., Bouvet, M, Prieto-Blanco, A. and Hancock, S. (2009) Quantifying surface reflectivity for spaceborne lidar via two independent methods, IEEE Trans. Geosci. Rem. Sens., 47(10), 3262-3271, doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2009.2019268 (PDF).

Stoy, P., Williams, M., Disney, M. I., Prieto-Blanco, A., Huntley, B., Baxter, B. and Lewis, P. (2009) Upscaling as ecological information transfer: A simple framework with application to Arctic ecosystem carbon exchange, Landscape Ecology, 24, 971-986, doi: 10.1007/s10980-009-9367-3 (PDF).

2008

Quaife, T., Lewis, P., De Kauwe, M., Williams, M., Law, B., Disney, M. I. and Bowyer, P., (2008) Assimilating Canopy Reflectance data into an Ecosystem Model with an Ensemble Kalman Filter, Rem. Sens. Environ., 112(4),1347-1364, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2007.05.020 (PDF).

Quaife, T., Quegan, S., Disney, M. I., Lewis, P., Lomas, L and Woodward, F. I. (2008) The impact of land cover uncertainties on estimates of biospheric carbon fluxes, Global Biogeochemical Cycles 22, GB4016, doi:10.1029/2007GB003097 (PDF).

Widlowski, J. -L., Robustelli, M., Disney, M. I., J.-P. Gastellu-Etchegorry, T. Lavergne, P. Lewis, P. R. J. North, B. Pinty, R. Thompson and M. M. Verstraete (2008) The RAMI Online Model Checker (ROMC): A web-based benchmarking facility for canopy reflectance models, accepted Rem. Sens. Environ., 112(3), 1144-1150, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2007.07.016. (PDF)

2007

Lewis, P. E. and Disney, M. I. (2007) Spectral invariants and scattering across multiple scales from within-leaf to canopy, Rem. Sens. Environ. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2006.12.015 (PDF).
Grace, J., Nichol, C., Disney, M. I., Lewis, P., Quaife, T. and Bowyer, P. (2007) Can we measure photosynthesis from space?, Global Change Biol., 13, 1484-1497, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2007.01352.x (PDF).
J-L. Widlowski,M. Taberner,B. Pinty,V. Bruniquel-Pinel, Disney, M. I., R. Fernandes,4 J.-P. Gastellu-Etchegorry,5 N. Gobron,1 A. Kuusk,6 T. Lavergne,1 S. Leblanc,4 P. E. Lewis,3 E. Martin,5 M. M ottus,6 P. R. J. North,7 W. Qin,8 M. Robustelli,1 N. Rochdi,4 R. Ruiloba,2 R. Thompson,9 W. Verhoef,10 M. M. Verstraete,1 D. Xie,11 (2007) The third RAdiation transfer Model Intercomparison (RAMI) exercise: Documenting progress in canopy reflectance models, Journal of Geophys. Research (Atmospheres), 112, D09111, doi:10.1029/2006JD007821 (PDF)

Huang, D., Knyazikhin, Y., Dickinson, R., Rautiainen, M., Stenberg, P., Disney, M. I., Lewis, P., Cescatti, A., Tian, Y., Verhoef, W., Martonchik, J. and Myneni, R. B. (2007) Canopy spectral invariants for remote sensing and model applications, Rem. Sens. Environ., 106, 106-122. (PDF)

 

2005/2006

Disney, M. I., Lewis, P., Saich, P. (2006) 3D modelling of forest canopy structure for remote sensing simulations in the optical and microwave domains, Rem. Sens. Environ., 100(1), 114-132. (doi:10.1016/j.rse.2005.10.003, PDF)

 

2004

Disney, M. I., Lewis, P., Thackrah, G., Quaife, T., Barnsley, M. J. (2004) Comparison of MODIS broadband albedo with values derived from other EO data at a range of scales and ground measurements, over an agricultural site, Int. Journ. Rem. Sens., 25(23), 5297-5317 (PDF).

 

Pinty, B., Widlowski, J.-L., Taberner, M., Gobron, N., Verstraete, M. M., Disney, M. I., Gascon, F., Gastellu, J.-P., Jiang, L., Kuusk, A., Lewis, P., Li, X., Ni-Meister, W., Nilson, T., North, P., Qin, W., Su, L., Tang, S., Thompson, R., Verhoef, W., Wang, H., Wang, J., Yan, G., Zang, H. (2004) Radiation Transfer Model Intercomparison (RAMI) exercise: Results from the second phase, J. Geophys. Res., 109(D6), D06210 10.1029/2003JD004252 25 March 2004 (PDF).

 

2002

Schaaf, C. B., Gao, F., Strahler, A. H., Lucht, W., Li, X., Tsang, T., Strugnell, N., Xiaoyang, Z., Jin, Y., Muller, J.-P., Lewis,P., Barnsley, M. J., Hobson, P. H., Disney, M. I., Roberts, G., Dunderdale, M., Doll., C., D'Entremont, R. P., Hu, B. and Liang, S., Privette, J. L. and Roy, D. (2002) First operational BBRDF, albedo nadir reflectance products from MODIS, Rem. Sens. Environ., 83:135-148 (PDF).

 

2000

Barnsley, M. J., Lewis, P., O' Dwyer, S., Disney, M. I., Hobson, P., Cutter, M. and Lobb, D. (2000) The potential of the CHRIS-PROBA instrument for measurement of vegetation properties from space, Rem. Sens, Rev., 19:171-189. (PS version 26.1MB) , Tex version (43K) .

 

Disney, M. I., Lewis, P. and North, P. (2000) Monte Carlo methods in optical canopy reflectance modelling, Rem. Sens. Rev., 18:163-196. (PDF)

 

1999
Lewis, P., Disney, M. I., Barnsley, M. J. and Muller, J.-P. (1999) Deriving albedo maps for HAPEX-Sahel from ASAS data using kernel-driven BRDF models, Hydrol. and Earth Sys. Sci., 3(1):1-13.

 

 

Books/chapters

S. Quegan, P. Lewis, T. Quaife, G. Roberts, M. Wooster, Disney, M. I. (2008) Satellite observations in regional scale calculations of carbon exchange, The Continental-Scale Greenhouse Gas Balance of Europe, Dolman, Han; Valentini, Riccardo; Freibauer, A. (Eds.), Ecological Studies vol 203, Springer, 390p, ISBN: 978-0-387-76568-6. (PDF)

 

Conference papers and reports

2014

Disney, M. I. (2014) New 3D measurements of forest biomass and structure, NCEO-CEOI Joint Science Conference, University of Sheffield, 24-27 June, Sheffield.

Gomez-Dans, J., Lewis, P., Quaife, T, Lines, E. and Disney, M. I. (2014) Data Assimilation for land surface studies in the Sentinel era: how can we deliver? NCEO-CEOI Joint Science Conference, University of Sheffield, 24-27 June, Sheffield.

Disney, M. I., Burt, A., Calders, K., Raumonen, P., Gonzalez de Tanago, J., Cuni Sanchez, A., Herold, M., Armston, J., Lewis, S., Lines, S. and Lewis, P. (2014) New applications of 3D measurements and modelling to quantifying forest structure and biomass, Global Vegetation Modelling and Measurement (GV2M) meeting, Avignon, France, 3-7 Feb 2014.

Calders, K., Newnham, G., Herold, M., Murphy, S., Raumonen, P., Culvenor, D., Burt, A., Avitabile, V., Amston, J. and Disney, M. I. (2014) Non-destructive Estimations of above-ground biomass using terrestrial lidar, Global Vegetation Modelling and Measurement (GV2M) meeting, Avignon, France, 3-7 Feb 2014.

 

2013

Calders, K., Newnham, G., Herold, M., Murphy, S., Culvenor, D., Raumonen, P., Burt, A., Amston, J., Avitabile, V. and Disney, M. I. (2013) Estimating above-ground biomass from terrestrial laser scanning in Australian Eucalypt open forest, Silvilaser 2013, Beijing, China, 9-11 Oct 2013.

Armston, J. et al. including Disney, M. I. (2013) Intercomparison of Terrestrial Laser Scanning Instruments for Assessing Forested Ecosystems: A Brisbane Field Experiment, B11G-0443, AGU San Francisco, Dec. 2013.

Jimenez, C. et al. including Disney, M. I. (2013) Earth observation WAter Cycle Multi-mission Observation Strategy – EvapoTranspiration (WACMOS-ET): advancing in the production of evapotranspiration from satellite observations, EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference, 16-20 Sept. 2013.

Jimenez, C. et al. including Disney, M. I. (2013) Earth observation WAter Cycle Multi-mission Observation Strategy – EvapoTranspiration (WACMOS-ET): advancing in the production of evapotranspiration from satellite observations, ESA Living Planet Symposium, Edinburgh 9-13 Sept. 2013.

Lewis, P., Gomez-Dans, J. and Disney, M. I. (2013) A Vision for a Land Observation System, ESA Living Planet Symposium, Edinburgh 9-13 Sept. 2013.
Gomez-Dans, J., Lewis, P., Quaife, T., Wooster, M., Roy, D. and Disney, M. I. (2013) Edge-Preserving Data Assimilation for Fire Monitoring using Moderate Resolution Optical Data, ESA Living Planet Symposium, Edinburgh 9-13 Sept. 2013.
Woodgate, W., Armston, J., Disney, M. I., Jones, S., Suarez, L.,Hill, M., Wilkes, P., Soto-Berelov, M., Haywood, A. and Mellor, A. (2013) The impact of sensor characteristics for obtaining accurate ground-
based measurements of LAI, in proc. IGARSS2013, Melbourne, Australia, Jul 21-26 2013.
Disney, M. I., Burt, A., Raumonen, P., Armston, J., Calders, K. and Lewis, P. (2013) Rapid characterisation of forest structure using TLS and 3D modelling, in proc. IGARSS2013, Melbourne, Australia, Jul 21-26 2013.
Raumonen, P., Casella, E., Disney, M. I., Åkerblom, M. and Kaasalainen, M. (2013) Fast automatic method for constructing topologically and geometrically precise tree models from TLS Data, FSPM2013, Saariselkä, Finland, 9-14 June, 2013.
Casella, E., Disney, M. I., McKay, H. (2013) tLiDAR methodologies can overcome limitations in estimating forest canopy LAI from conventional hemispherical photograph analyses, FSPM2013, Saariselkä, Finland, 9-14 June, 2013.
Knyazikhin, Y., Lewis, P., Disney, M. I. et al. (2013) Monitoring canopy structure and leaf biochemistry using multiangle and hyperspectral data, NASA Terrestrial Ecology Science Team meeting, Scripps Seaside Forum, La Jolla, California, USA, April 30-May 2 2013..
Gomez-Dans, J., Lewis, P., Disney, M. I., Roy, D. and Wooster, M. (2013) Edge-preserving data assimilation and a spectral change interpretation model for fire monitoring using optical DA, EGU Vienna, 7-12 April 2013.

 

2012

Schaepman, M. E., Morsdorf, F., Leiterer, R., Pfeifer, N., Hollaus, M., Disney, M. I., Lewis, P., Gastellu-Etchegorry, J.-P., Brazile, J. and Koetz, B. (2012) Novel reference site approach to prototyping, calibrating, and validating Earth observation data and products, AGU San Francisco, USA, 3-7 Dec 2012.

Disney, M. I., Lewis, P. and Raumonen, P. (2012) Testing a new vegetation structure retrieval algorithm from terrestrial lidar scanner data using 3D models, Silvilaser 2012, 16-19 September, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Armston, J., Disney, M. I., Scarth, P., Lucas, R., Phinn, S., Lewis, P. and Goodwin, N. (2012, submitted) Simulating the impact of changing airborne lidar sensor and survey properties on estimation of vegetation structure parameters, Silvilaser 2012, 16-19 September, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Morsdorf, F., Leiterer, R., Schaepman, M., Pfeifer, N., Hollaus, M., Lewis, P., Disney, M. I., Gastellu-Etchegorry, J.-P., Brazile, J. and Koetz, B. (2012) 3D-Vegetation Laboratory: A scientific support tool for accuracy assessment and prototyping of EO data and products, ForestSAT 2012, 11-14 September, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, US.

Calders, K., P. Lewis, M. I. Disney, J. Verbesselt, M. Herold (2012) Effects of clumping on waveform lidar in modelled forest canopies, IEEE IGARSS 2012, 22-27 July 2012, Munich, Germany.

Casella, E., J. Morrison, M. I. Disney, M. Danson, H. McKay (2012) Estimating forest canopy structure from tLIDAR measurements: a case study with a 670nm laser, Lidarnet workshop, Univ. of Leicester, 2-3 April 2012.

2011

Armston, J., Disney, M. I.,Lewis, P., Scarth, P., Bunting, P., Lucas, R., Phinn, S., Goodwin, N. (2011) Comparison of Discrete Return and Waveform Airborne Lidar Derived Estimates of Fractional Cover in an Australian Savanna, SilviLaser 2011, Oct 16-20 2011, Hobart, Tasmania.


Hill MJ
, Hanan NP, Hoffmann W, Scholes R, Prince S, Ferwerda J, Lucas RM, Baker I, Arneth A, Higgins SI, Barrett DJ, Disney MI, Hutley L (2011) Remote sensing and modeling of savannas: The state of the dis-union, in proc. 34th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment - The GEOSS Era: Towards Operational Environmental Monitoring, 10-15 April 2011, Sydney, Australia.

HARTLEY, I. P, HILL, T. C., WADE, T., CLEMENT, R. J., MONCRIEFF, J. B., PRIETO-BLANCO, A., DISNEY, M. I., HUNTLY, B., WOOKEY, P. A., BAXTER, R. (2011) Landscape-level methane fluxes in arctic Finland: sources, sinks and environmental control, BES Annual Meeting 2011, 12 - 14 September, University of Sheffield, UK.

2010

Gomez-Dans, J., Lewis, P., Disney, M. I., Watt, J. (2010) A probabilistic framework for inverting reflectance data using the PROSPECT model, Forestsat’2010, Lugo, Spain, 7-10 September, 2010.

Gomez-Dans, J., Lewis, P., Disney, M. I., Wooster, M., Roy, D. (2010) A novel approach to fire detection and characterisation using optical remote sensing, Forestsat’2010, Lugo, Spain, 7-10 September, 2010.

Pfeifer, M. Marchant, R., Disney, M. I. et al (2010) Carbon Mapping in the Eastern Arc Mountains Biodiversity Hotspot - from Ground to Space", in proc. ESA Living Planet Symposium, 27 June - 2 July, Bergen, Norway.

Lewis, P. E. and Disney, M. I. (2010) On canopy spectral invariants and hyperspectral ray tracing, 2nd Workshop on Hyperspectral Image Processing: Evolution in Remote Sensing (WHISPERS), 14-16 June, Reykjavik, Iceland. (PDF)

MacBean, N. Disney, M. I., P. Lewis, and P. Ineson (2010) Using satellite observations to improve model estimates of CO2 and CH4 from peatlands, ESA Living Planet Symposium, Bergen, Norway, 28 June - 2nd July 2010.

MacBean, N. Disney, M. I., P. Lewis, and P. Ineson (2010) Using satellite observations to improve model estimates of CO2 and CH4 flux: a Metropolis Hastings Markov Chain Monte Carlo approach, EGU meeting, Vienna, Austria, 3-7 May 2010.

Disney, M. I., A. Prieto-Blanco, P. Lewis, M. Williams, P. Stoy, T. Hill, R. Poyatos, R. Baxter, B. Huntley, T. Wade, J. Moncrieff (2010) Deriving above-ground biomass of mountain birch across Fennoscandian regions from remotely sensed data, IPY Oslo Science Conference 8-12 June, Oslo, Norway.

Stoy, P. C., Williams, M., Hill, T., Evans, J., Prieto-Blanco, A., Disney, M. I., Fletcher, B., Poyatos, R., Wade, T., Street, L. and Moncrieff, J., (2010) Multi-scale functional convergence of tundra vegetation simplifies carbon flux modeling, IPY Oslo Science Conference 8-12 June, Oslo, Norway.

Gaulton, R., F. M. Danson, G. Pearson, P. E. Lewis and M. I. Disney (2010) The Salford Advanced Laser Canopy Analyser (SALCA): A multispectral full waveform LiDAR for improved vegetation characterisation, in Proc. Rem. Sens. and Photog. Soc. Conference, Burlington House, London, 5th May 2010.

 

Williams, M., Stoy, P. C., Baxter, R., Phoenix, G, Hill, T., Moncrieff, J., Sloan, V., Evans, J., Harding, R., Fletcher, B., Poyatos, R., Hartley, I., Street, L., Wade, T., Subke, J., Disney, M. I., Prieto-Blanco, A. and Wookey, P. (2010) The carbon cycle of Arctic Fennoscandia: Assimilating multi-scale observations into ecological models, Ecol. Soc. America, Aug 1-6 2010, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

2009


Atherton, J. Hill, T. Wade, T., Moncrieff, J., Williams, M., Disney, M. I., Prieto-Blanco, A., Clement, R. and Nichol, C. (2009) Airborne remote sensing of photosynthetic light use efficiency and carbon uptake along an arctic transect in Finland, AGU Fall meeting, 14-18 December 2009, San Francisco, California, USA.
Hill, T. C.; Stoy, P. C.; Baxter, R.; Clement, R.; Disney, M. I.; Evans, J.; Fletcher, B.; Gornall, J.; Harding, R.; Hartley, I. P.; Ineson, P.; Moncrieff, J.; Phoenix, G.; Sloan, V.; Poyatos, R.; Prieto-Blanco, A.; Subke, J.; Street, L.; Wade, T. J.; Wayolle, A.; Wookey, P.; Williams, M. D. (2009) The Sub-Arctic Carbon Cycle: Assimilating Multi-Scale Chamber, Tower and Aircraft Flux Observations into Ecological Models, AGU Fall meeting, 14-18 December 2009, San Francisco, California, USA.
Williams, M., Stoy, P., Disney, M. I., Evans, J., Fletcher, B., Gornall, J., Harding, R., Hartley, I., Hill, T., Ineson, P., Moncrieff, J., Phoenix, G., Pope, V., Poyatos, R., Prieto-Blanxo, A., Subke, J., Street, L., Wade, T., Wayolle, A. and Wookey, P. (2009) The carbon cycle of Fennoscandia: assimilating multi-scale observations into ecosystem models, in proc. ICDC8 International Carbon Dioxide Conference, Jena, 13-19 Sept, 2009.
Prieto-Blanco, A., Disney, M. I. , Lewis, P., Gómez-Dans, J and Ganguly, S. (2009) Satellite Monitoring of Disturbances in Arctic Ecosystems, in proc. IGARSS09, Cape Town, SA, 12-17 July 2009.
Lewis, P., Quaife, T., Gómez-Dans, J., Disney, M. I., Wooster, M., Roy, D. and Pinty, B. (2009) Modelling the impact of wildfire on spectral reflectance, in proc. IGARSS09, Cape Town, SA, 12-17 July 2009.

2008

Prieto-Blanco, A., Disney, M. I. and Lewis, P. (2008) Satellite Monitoring of Disturbances in Arctic Ecosystems, EOS Trans. AGU, 89(53), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract U13B-0051.
S. Hancock, P. Lewis, Disney, M. I., M. Foster, J.-P. Muller (2008) Assessing the accuracy of forest height estimation with long pulse waveform lidar through Monte-Carlo ray tracing, in proc. Silvilaser08, 17-19 September, Edinburgh, 2008
Disney, M. I., Lewis, P. and Bouvet, M. (2008) Quantifying surface reflectivity for spaceborne lidar missions, in proc. IGARSS'08, 5-11 July, Boston, USA, 2008.
M. De Kauwe, T. Quaife, P. Lewis, Disney, M. I. and M. Williams(2008) Estimating the spatial exchange of carbon through the assimilation of Earth Observation (EO) derived products using an Ensemble Kalman Filter, in proc. IGARSS'08, 5-11 July, Boston, USA, 2008.
S. Hancock, Disney, M. I., P. Lewis, J.-P. Muller (2008) Exploring the measurement of forests with full waveform lidar through Monte-Carlo ray tracing, in proc. IGARSS'08, 5-11 July, Boston, USA, 2008.
N. Macbean, Disney, M. I., Lewis, P. and P. Ineson (2008) Using remote sensing data to quantify changes in vegetation over peatland areas, in proc. IGARSS'08, 5-11 July, Boston, USA, 2008.

2007

Quaife, T,. Lewis, P., Disney, M. I., DeKauwe, M., Williams, M. and Law, B. (2007) Assimilating reflectance data into an ecosystem model to improve estimates of terrestrial carbon fluxes, in pro. IGARSS07, Barcelona, Spain, 23-27 July 2007.
Disney, M. I. and Lewis, P. (2007) Spectral invariant behaviour of a complex 3D forest canopy, in proc. 10th ISPMSRS meeting, Davos, Switzerland, 12-14 March 2007.
Pfeifer, M., Disney, M. I. and Lewis, P. (2007) Simulating gap fraction of complex forest scenes, in proc. 10th ISPMSRS meeting, Davos, Switzerland, 12-14 March 2007.
Lewis, P. and Disney, M. I. (2007) Modelling Canopy reflectance with spectral invariants, in proc. 10th ISPMSRS meeting, Davos, Switzerland, 12-14 March 2007.
Hancock, S., Lewis, P., Muller, J. P and Disney, M. I. (2007) Using Monte Carlo ray tracing to investigate the measurement of forest parameters with the Echidna laser scanner, in proc. 10th ISPMSRS meeting, Davos, Switzerland, 12-14 March 2007.

2006

Hancock, S., Disney, M. I., Lewis, P. and Muller, J.-P. (2006) Using lidar to characterise tree canopies, in proc. of IWMMM-4, 20-24th March 2006, Sydney, Australia.

2005

Quaife, T., Lomas, M., Picard, G., Disney, M. I., Woodward, F. I., Quegan, S. and Lewis, P. (2005) Using SPOT-VEGETATION data for dynamic vegetation modelling within the Centre for Terresrial Carbon Dynamics (CTCD), in proc. Int. VEGETATION User Conference, XXX, XXXX, Vol 5., pp247-254.
Disney, M. I., Lewis, P., Quaife, T. and Nichol, C. (2005) A spectral invariant approach to modelling canopy and leaf scattering, in proc. of ISPMSRS05, Beijing, China, October 17-19 2005, ISSN 1682-1750, 318-320.
Lewis, P., Hillier, J., Watt, J., Andrieu, B., Fournier, C., Saich, P. and Disney, M. I. (2005) 3D dynamic vegetation modelling of wheat for remote sensing simulations and inversion, in proc. of ISPMSRS05, Beijing, China, October 17-19 2005, ISSN 1682-1750, 144-146.
Quaife, T., Lewis, P., Williams, M., Disney, M. I. and DeKauwe, M. (2005) Assimilating Earth Observation data into a vegetation model using an Ensmble Kalman Filter, in proc. of ISPMSRS05, Beijing, China, October 17-19 2005, ISSN 1682-1750, 386-389.
Lewis, P., Disney, M. I., Quaife, T., Nichol, C. and Rebelo, L. (2005) CTCD CHRIS-PROBA activities: biophysical parameter retrieval from CHRIS-PROBAD data over Harwood Forest, Northumberland, UK. In proc. 3rd ESA CHRIS/Proba Workshop, 21-23 MArch 2005, ESRIN, Frascati, Italy (ESA SP-593, June 2005) ( PDF 676K)

2004

M. Disney, M. Williams and P. Lewis (2004) The potential for assimilation of EO-measured radiance in terrestrial carbon studies: simulation of the canopy radiation regime, NERC EO conference, Plymouth, June 30 - July 1, 2004.
M. Disney, P. Lewis and P. Saich (2004) 3D modelling of forest canopy structure for remote sensing simulation and parameter estimation, in proc. 4th International Workshop on Functional-Structural Plant Models, CIRAD, Montpellier, June 7-11, 2004, p 282.
P.Lewis, P.Saich, M. Disney, B. Andrieu, C. Fournier, T. Macklin and J. Bodley (2004) Calibration of an L-system model of winter wheat for remote sensing modelling and inversion, in proc. 4th International Workshop on Functional-Structural Plant Models, CIRAD, Montpellier, June 7-11, 2004, pp 257-261.
S. Lafont and M. Disney (2004) Evaluation of the MODIS continuous tree cover map over the UK, NERC EO conference, Plymouth, June 30 - July 1, 2004.
S. Lafont and M. Disney (2004) Comparison of a remote-sensed forest map with ground-based inventory, UK Carbon meeting, Sheffield 6-8 January.

2003

P. Lewis, G. Thackrah, T. Quaife, M. Disney, P. Saich and M. Barnsley, (1993) The development of robust algorthms for retrieving biophysical parameters from multiangle hyperspectral image data, Spaceborne Hyperspectral Imaging Workshop, Cannes, December 8-9 2003.
P. Lewis, Barnsley, M., Quaife, T., Thackrah, G., Disney, M. and Saich, P. (2003) Biophysical parameters from CHRIS/PROBA, in proc. SPECTRA Workshop, ESA/ESTEC Noordwijk, Netherlands, Oct. 28-30.
, P. Saich, and P. Lewis Modelling the radiometric response of a dynamic, 3D structural model of Scots Pine in the optical and microwave domains, IGARSS'03 Toulouse, July 21-25, 2003. (PDF 273k)
P. Lewis, P. Saich and M. Disney, B. Andrieu, C. Fournier, S. Ljutovac, Modelling the radiometric response of a dynamic, 3D structural model of wheat in the optical and microwave domains", IGARSS'03 Toulouse, July 21-25, 2003. (PDF 357k)
P. Saich, P. Lewis and M. Disney Biophysical parameter retrieval from forest and crop canopies in the optical and microwave domains using 3D models of canopy structure, IGARSS'03 Toulouse, July 21-25, 2003. (PDF 196k)
T. Quaife, P. Lewis, M. Disney, M. Lomas, Intercomparison of phenological measures derived from medium and coarse resolution earth observation and implications for assimilation into vegetation growth models, IGARSS'03 Toulouse, July 21-25, 2003. (PS 1.63MB)

2002

M. Disney, P. Lewis, G. Thackrah, L. Rebelo, G. Roberts, M. Barnsley, T. Quaife, J. Shaw and P. Hobson (2002) MODIS MOD43 Validation: core sites: Barton Bendish (BB), Norfolk, UK. MODIS validation workshop, Dept. Geography Boston University, October 2002.
G. Roberts, P. Lewis, L. Rebelo, M. Disney, G. Thackrah, M. Barnsley, T. Quaife, J.-P. Muller (2002) MODIS MOD43 Validation: core sites: Mongu/Skukuza, Zambia. MODIS validation workshop, Dept. Geography Boston University, October 2002.

2001

Schaaf, C. B., F. Gao, A. H. Strahler, W. Lucht, X. Li, X. Zhang, Y. Jin, E. Tsvetsinskaya, J.-P. Muller, P. Lewis, M. Barnsley, G. Roberts, M. Disney, C. Doll, S. Liang, D. Roy, and Jeff Privette, Land Surface Albedo, Nadir BRDF-Adjusted Reflectance, and BRDF Product from the MODerate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), Proceedings, 11th Conference on Satellite Meteorology and Oceanography, AMS, Madison, WI, 15-18 October, 2001.
P. Saich, P. Lewis, M. Disney and G. Thackrah, 2001. Comparison of Hymap/E-SAR data with models for optical reflectance and microwave scattering from vegetation canopies, in proc. Third International Workshop on Retrieval of Bio- and Geo-Physical Parameters from SAR data for Land Applications, Sheffield, September 2001.
Schaaf, C. B., A. H. Strahler, F. Gao, W. Lucht, X. Li, X. Zhang, Y. Jin, E. Tsvetsinskaya, J.-P. Muller, P. Lewis, M. Barnsley, G. Roberts, M. Disney, C. Doll, S. Liang, and J. L. Privette, Operational Bidirectional Reflectance and Albedo Products from the MODerate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), Abstract, IGBP Global Change Open Science Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands, 9-13 July, 2001.
Schaaf, C. , A. H. Strahler, F. Gao, W. Lucht, X. Li, J.-P. Muller, P. Lewis, M. Barnsley, P. Hobson, M. Disney, G. Roberts, M. Dunderdale, C. Doll, Land Surface Spectral Bidirectional Reflectance and Albedo from the MODerate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), Abstract, American Geophysical Union Spring Meeting, Boston, MA, 29 May - 2 June, 2001.
Schaaf, C. B., F. Gao, A. Straler, W. Lucht, T. Tsang, N. Strugnell, X. Li, X. Zhang, J-P. Muller, P. Lewis, M. Barnsley, P. Hobson, M. Disney, M. Dunderdale, G, Roberts, C. Doll and S. Liang. Temporal Characteristics of the MODIS BRDF/Albedo Product. Proceedings of the 8th International Symposium on Physical Measurements and Signatures in Remote Sensing, Aussois, France, 8-12 January, 233-238, 2001.

2000

M.J. Barnsley, T. Quaife, P.D. Hobson, J. Shaw, P. Lewis, M. Disney, J-P. Muller, A.H. Strahler, C. Barker-Schaaf and W. Lucht, (2000). Estimation of Land-Surface Albedo and Biophysical Properties using SPOT-4 VGT and Semi-Empirical BRDF Models. In proc: Vegetation 2000. Lago Maggiore, Italy.
Schaaf, C.B.; Feng Gao; Strahler, A.H.; Tsang, T.; Lucht, W.; Strugnell, N.; Xiaowen Li; Muller, J.-P.; Lewis, P.; Barnsley, M.; Hobson, P.; Disney, M.; Dunderdale, M.;Roberts, G., (2000) The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) BRDF and albedo product, AGU Fall 2000 Meeting, San Francisco, Dec 2000.
Schaaf, C.B.; Feng Gao; Strahler, A.H.; Tsang, T.; Lucht, W.; Strugnell, N.; Xiaowen Li; Muller, J.-P.; Lewis, P.; Barnsley, M.; Hobson, P.; Disney, M.; Dunderdale, M.;Roberts, G., (2000) Initial Results From the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) BRDF and Albedo Product, AGU Spring 2000 Meeting, Washington DC, May 30-June 3.
Schaaf, C.B.; Feng Gao; Strahler, A.H.; Tsang, T.; Lucht, W.; Strugnell, N.; Xiaowen Li; Muller, J.-P.; Lewis, P.; Barnsley, M.; Hobson, P.;Disney, M.; Dunderdale, M.; Roberts, G., (2000) The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) BRDF and albedo product: preliminary results, IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposiun, 2000. Proceedings. IGARSS 2000. Volume: 7, 2000 Page(s): 3048 -3050 vol.7

1999

Schaaf, C., Strahler, A., Lucht, W., Tsang, T., Gao, F., Li, X., Strugnell, N., Chen, L., Liu, Y., McIver, D., Muller, J.-P., Lewis, P., Barnsley, M. J., Disney, M. I., Hobson, P., Dunderdale, M. and Roberts, G. (1999) The at-launch MODIS BRDF albedo product, 2nd International Workshop on Multiangular Measurements and Models (IWMMM-2) JRC Ispra, Italy September 15-17, 1999.
Lewis, P. and Disney, M. I. (1999) The development of spectral kernels to improve the linear kernel-driven approach to BRDF modelling, IWMMM-2 JRC Ispra, Italy September 15-17, 1999.
Disney, M. I. and Lewis, P. (1999) Towards a spectral kernel-driven BRDF model, in proc. 25th Annual Remote Sensing Society Conference , 7-10th September, Cardiff, 377-384.
Lewis, P. and Disney, M. I. (1999) Application of the Botanical Plant Modelling System (BPMS) to the analysis of spatial information in remotely sensed imagery , in proc. 25th Annual Remote Sensing Society Conference , 7-10th September, Cardiff, 507-514.
Lewis, P., Disney, M. I. and Riedmann, M. (1999) Application of the Botanical Plant Modelling System (BPMS) to the analysis of spatial information in remotely sensed imagery, in proc. 25th Annual Remote Sensing Society Conference, 7-10th September 1999, Cardiff, 507-514.
Hobson, P. D., Barnsley, M. J., Lewis, P. and Disney, M. I. (1999) Inversion of kernel-driven BRDF models using POLDER-on-ADEOS data, in proc. 25th Annual Remote Sensing Society Conference , 7-10th September, Cardiff, 371-376.
Hobson, P. D., Barnsley, M. J., Lewis, P. and Disney, M. I. and Muller, J.-P. (1999) Inversion of semi-empirical, kernel-driven models using POLDER on ADEOS data, ALPS '99, Meribel, France.
1998
Lewis, P. and Disney, M. I. (1998) The Botanical Plant Modelling System (BPMS): a case study of multiple scattering in a barley canopy, proc.IGARSS'98, Jul. 6th-10th, Seattle, USA.
Disney, M. I. and Lewis, P. (1998) An investigation of how linear BRDF models deal with the complex scattering processes encountered in a real canopy, proc. IGARSS'98, Jul. 6th-10th, Seattle, USA.
Disney, M. I., Lewis, P., Knott, R., Hobson, P., Evans-Jones, K. and Barnsley, M. J. (1998) Validation of a manual measurement method for deriving 3D canopy structure using the BPMS, proc. IGARSS '98, Jul. 6th-10th, Seattle, USA.

1997

Lewis, P. and Disney, M. I. (1997), Examining BRDF model operation with the Botanical Plant Modelling System (BPMS) , proc. Remote Sensing Society Conference, Reading, pp. 298-303.
Lewis, P. and Disney, M. I. (1997), Validation of kernel-driven BRDF models for monitoring albedo in the Sahel, proc. Remote Sensing Society Conference, Reading, pp 304-309.
Disney, M. I., Muller , J.-P., Lewis, P. and Barnsley, M. J. (1997) Production and validation of BRDF and albedo extracted from airborne and spaceborne data, 7th Int. Symp. Phys. Meas. Sig. Rem. Sens., Courchevel, France, April 7-11, 1997, (2):471-478.
1996
Barnsley , M. J., Disney , M. I., Lewis, P., Hesley, Z. and Muller, P. (1996) On the intrinsic dimensionality of the BRDF: Implications for the retrieval of land surface biophysical properties, proc. Remote Sensing Society Conference, Durham, pp 69-70.

Research

My research is more generally in the interactions of radiation (predominantly at optical wavelengths) with the land surface. In particular I am interested in how radiation interacts with vegetation, how we can model and understand this interaction and how we can exploit it to quantify and understand the terrestrial biosphere, particular relate to the carbon cycle - how plants take up and release carbon, naturally, in response to changing climate and under an increasing range of anthropogenic disturbances (eg fire, land use change, agriculture, deforestation and degradation etc). Satellites allow us large-scale but very indirect observations of surface biophysical properties, particularly the extent and dynamics of vegetation. Much of my research effort has been directed at new ways of exploiting observations of this sort to provide quantitative estimates of these things that are consistent with our understanding of climate carbon cycle models and observations. The image below sums up our aims - this shows an area of temperate rainforest on Fraser Island, Northern Queensland, Australia. The variety of structure (shadows, texture) and variations in leaf colour (to do with chlorophyll and water content) is very striking. My aim is to understand and exploit this 'signal' much better than we can do currently, for all sorts of applications that rely on knowing the state of forests like this.

I've continued to work with 3D models over the last few years, as they give us an unprecedented level of detail with which to model radiation interacting with the surface - and this is our satellite signal. Faster, cheaper computers mean we can use these models in ways we never could even a few years ago. I have worked with on the librat modelling software, which we have developed over the years into a powerful modelling tool, which we make freely available. We have used the tools for a range of applications and projects, including exploring lidar signals, modelling fire impacts and for benchmarking and testing simpler models, as part of the ongoing Radiative Transfer Model Intercomparison (RAMI) project; librat is one of the 'credible models' used in the RAMI online model checker. The librat wiki page contains some documentation on the software along with a list of some of the student projects and publications arising from librat over the years. We are always amenable to further collaborations using librat, so drop us an email.

I have a number of movies I've simulated over the years for various teaching and research applications here. Feel free to use these but please provide attribution.

Most recently I have become interested in how we can use new, more direct EO measurements from lidar to probe canopy 3D structure and function. I have been developing new models and methods to exploit observations from spaceborne, airborne and now ground-based lidar scanning instruments to extract canopy structure and biomass. Some recent examples of ongoing work in this are are available on the Geography blog page, including scanning forests in Queensland, Australia and ongoing work looking at forest structure and biomass in Gabon, W. Africa. See this video on youtube for a visualisation of 3D laser data from a forest plot in Gabon (video: Kim Calders)

This work addresses the requirement to be able to measure biomass, particularly in the tropics, more consistently, and ideally, independent of other field-based and satellite-derived measures, all of which rely on empirical (allometric) relationships between trunk diameter, height and volume (and hence biomass). But you can also scan elephants!


Images courtesy of Andy Burt (UCL), Kim Calders, Jose Gonzalez de Tanago (both Wageningen), and the UCL and Wageningen teams, and Gabonese National Parks Agency.

In early 2014 we obtained a new Riegl VZ-400 TLS instrument using NERC funding. WE will be using this instrument to scan forests across the world, but our first work is with Forest Research (UK Forestry Commission) at their experimental forest in Alice Holt, Surrey. We are scanning leaf-off and leaf-on conditions in a plantation oak woodland, before destructively harvesting the trees to weigh them, providing validation of our 3D reconstructions from the lidar. A first fly-through of these data is here:

My funding comes from a variety of sources, but primarily NERC and ESA.

 

Research Grants/ Awards

  • 2014-2018 EU FP7 QA4ECV: Quality Assurance for Essential Climate Variables, €5M total, UCL component €440K (shared between MSSL: €312K and Geog €127K).
  • NERC Capital Award: Terrestrial laser scanner, £117K.
  • 2013-2017 NERC GREENHOUSE: Generating Regional Emissions Estimates with a Novel
    Hierarchy of Observations and Upscaled Simulation Experiments, £156K from £2.5M total consortium, led by Edinburgh Geosciences (NE/K002554/1).
  • 2012-2016: NERC PhD CASE studentship with EADS Astrium, Quantifying forest state and degradation: exploiting new lidar measurements (~£100k), PI.
  • 2011-2013: ESA 3DVegLab: A 3D modelling tool for simulating remote sensing observations (€70K).
  • 2009-2010: ESA ASCOPE: Simulating the reflectivity of spaceborne LIDAR (€100K).
  • 2008-2012: PI in rebid for carbon component of NERC National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO), NE/F001444/1.
  • 2007-2010: NERC PhD studentship, with CTCD and UKPopnet, including £10k funding for fieldwork and data
  • 2007-2010: European Science Foundation ATANS (Abisko Transnational Researcher) travel funding (£6K).
  • 2006-2009: Arctic Biosphere-Atmosphere Coupling across multiple Scales (ABACUS), NERC Consortium project, £205K.
  • 2004-2007: NERC Capital Equipment Grant: "ASD Spectroradiometer" £78K
  • 2004-2007: Associate co-I: NERC Centre of Excellence in Earth Observation "The Centre for Terrestrial Carbon Dynamics", £2.25M (UCL protion approx £450K)

Data funding/Science Teams:

  • 2007+: ESA PI (ABACUS project)
  • 2000+: CHRIS-PROBA
  • 2000+: Multiple NERC ARSF acquisitions

 

 

Impact

Impact

My research in recent years has involved funding and collaboration across a range of sources and disciplines, including UK research councils, NASA, European Space Agency (ESA), EU, as well as NGOs and other organisations. The research has been part of work contributing to provision of information on global environmental processes, particularly vegetation and the land surface more generally, that has been used nationally and internationally to inform government and agency activities. Examples of this include: development and testing of global satellite datasets such as albedo, provided by NASA and ESA and used by a wide variety of government, NGO and other users such as the Met Office and ECMWF; development of new methods for monitoring change (particularly fire impacts) and forest carbon stocks eg for NGOs, African National Parks agencies (Gabon, S. Africa). Work on albedo has featured in the IPCC AR4 (2007) and AR5 (2013). I have led various consultancy projects through UCL, working with a range of industrial partners including via collaborative PhD research funding, enabling development of new remote sensing methods and instrumentation, particularly lidar. I have sat on government panels assessing government funding in environmental science for a range of agencies including NERC, NASA, ESA, the Environmental Protection Agency of Ireland and the Australian National Research Council, among others.

Outreach

I have participated and/or led a number of activities to bring the work I do to the wider public, as well as trying to promote interest in science topics more generally. I have been involved in two Royal Society Summer Exhibitions, contributed material on forests, fire and carbon to the NERC representative (Prof. Shaun Quegan) presenting examples of NERC-funded environmental science to the Parliamentary Committee on Science and Technology. I have been involved in in Network for Calibration and Validation of Earth Observation Data (NERC Knowledge Transfer project) and wider international CEOS Working Group on Calibration and Validation activities (e.g. lead of core MODIS validation site in UK, http://landval.gsfc.nasa.gov/coresite.php?SiteID=6). I regularly give lectures to schools across a range of age groups (from 11 to 18), focusing on topics of carbon, forests and climate change. I have given live presentations to children via virtual learning environments (see

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/1101/11011001) and I have written for national school publications on these same topics.

Recent Grants

Research Grants/ Awards

  • 2014-2018 EU FP7 QA4ECV: Quality Assurance for Essential Climate Variables, €5M total, UCL component €440K (shared between MSSL: €312K and Geog €127K).
  • NERC Capital Award: Terrestrial laser scanner, £117K.
  • 2013-2017 NERC GREENHOUSE: Generating Regional Emissions Estimates with a Novel
    Hierarchy of Observations and Upscaled Simulation Experiments, £156K from £2.5M total consortium, led by Edinburgh Geosciences (NE/K002554/1).
  • 2011-2013: ESA 3DVegLab: A 3D modelling tool for simulating remote sensing observations (€70K).
  • 2009-2010: ESA ASCOPE: Simulating the reflectivity of spaceborne LIDAR (€100K).
  • 2008-2012: PI in rebid for carbon component of NERC National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO).
  • 2007-2010: NERC PhD studentship, with CTCD and UKPopnet, including £10k funding for fieldwork and data
  • 2007-2010: European Science Foundation ATANS (Abisko Transnational Researcher) travel funding (£6K).
  • 2006-2009: Arctic Biosphere-Atmosphere Coupling across multiple Scales (ABACUS), NERC Consortium project, £205K.
  • 2004-2007: NERC Capital Equipment Grant: "ASD Spectroradiometer" £78K
  • 2004-2007: Associate co-I: NERC Centre of Excellence in Earth Observation "The Centre for Terrestrial Carbon Dynamics", £2.25M (UCL protion approx £450K)

Data funding/Science Teams:

  • 2007+: ESA PI (ABACUS project)
  • 2000+: CHRIS-PROBA
  • 2000+: Multiple NERC ARSF acquisitions

Teaching

Undergraduate courses

First Year

GEOG1006 Ideas in Geography
convenor: Dr. J. Kneale Here is the course webpage.
Scientific Method I: (PPT file).
Scientific Method II: (PPTX file).
Environmental Modelling: I (PPT file; PDF file).
Environmental Modelling: II (PPT file; PDF file).

Useful information for tutor groups
Nature journal web page
Science journal web page
Science in Society essays in Science
Science Magazine: Tragedy of the Commons revisited
Geographical journals from UCL Library.
Prospect magazine

Introduction to Gauch, H. (2003) Scientific Method In Practice
Gauch, H. (2006) Science, Worldviews and Education, Science & Education, DOI 10.1007/s11191-006-9059-1
Hardin, G. (1968) The Tragedy of the Commons, Science, 162, 1243-1248

 

Second Year

GEOG2021 Environmental Remote Sensing
Convenor: Prof. P. Lewis
A 2nd year introduction to remote sensing, covering how we acquire data, information extraction and various applications of remote sensing. The course is split between lectures and practicals and forms the usual requirement for 3rd year course, GEOG3010. Taught jointly with Prof. P. Lewis Here is the course webpage.

GEOG2001 Dissertation Process

convenor: Dr. Simon Lewis

Course web page (outline)

What is original science? (PPT file; PDF file).
Measurement in data-poor situations: (PPT file; PDF file).

Third Year

GEOG3051 Principles and Practice of Remote Sensing

Convenor: Dr. M. Disney

A 3rd year course following on from GEOG2021, introducing the fundamental concepts of how radiation interacts with the Earth's surface at a range of wavelengths, the laws and principles we use to exploit this interaction, and examples of remote sensing applications including LIDAR and RADAR remote sensing of vegetation and the terrestrial carbon cycle. Contains a practical element of programming to handle simple image analysis, again building on GEOG2021.

The course web page is here, including outline and lecture notes.

Note: the web pages are being modified as of May 2011.

 

Graduate courses

Background reading (and guide to mathematical requirements) for potential MSc Students


MSc Remote Sensing/Environmental Modelling: Analytical and Numerical Methods (GEOGG121):

Convenor: Dr. M. Disney

Module web page, including outline, practicals, reading list etc.


MSc Remote Sensing: Principles and Practice of Remote Sensing (GEOGG141):
Convenor: Dr. M. Disney

Module web page including course outline and lecture notes.


MSc Remote Sensing: GMES: Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GEOGG142)

Convenor: Prof. J.-P. Muller
Global vegetation biophysical parameters from EO: Lecture notes (PPT file; PDF file)
Calibration and validation: Lecture notes (PPT file; PDF file; ;AVHRR FASIR animated gif (15MB))
References for GMES lectures

PhD Students

Current PhD students

September 2012-current: Andrew Burt

Topic: Quantifying forest state and degradation: exploiting new measurements and models. NERC CASE studentship, in conjunction with EADS Astrium. Co-supervisors: Prof. P. Lewis and Dr. S. Lewis (both UCL).

 

September 2012-current: Charlotte Wheeler (2nd supervisor)

Topic: Designing Tropical Forests of the Future to mitigate Climate Change. NERC CASE studentship in conjunction with Permian, supervised by Dr. S. Lewis (UCL).

 

2007-2011: Natasha Macbean
Topic: Monitoring and modelling vegetation response under catchment-scale treatment regimes using Earth Observation (EO) data. Joint CTCD/UKPopnet studentship. Co-supervisor: Prof. Phil Ineson, University of York.

2006-2010

Steven Hancock: studentship. Co-supervisor with Prof. P. Lewis and Prof. P. Muller.

2005-2009:Martin DeKauwe
Topic: Data assimilation: Integrating EO data into ecosystem models
Co-supervisor with Prof. P. Lewis (UCL), Dr. M. Williams (Edinburgh) and Prof. S. Evans (Forest Research).

MSc students

Various (2005-present, no particular order) across MSc Remote Sensing, MSc Environmental Mapping, MSc Conservation, MSc Climate Change: Ben Grundy, Lena Weissert, Jacques Malaprade, Sam Fleming, Vasilios Kalogirou, Louise Ireland, Ruth Boogert, Martin Vickers, Niall Origo, Will Vincent, Alasdair Hitchens, Jennifer Adams etc. Co-supervisor of various others including Kim Calders, Jake Simpson.