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Dr Andrew Burt

Andrew-Burt.jpgDepartment of Geography
University College London








  1. My research is focused on characterising the structure of forests, with a particular interest in quantifying tropical forest biomass and carbon stocks.

  2. Recent work has concentrated on uncertainty in estimates of above-ground biomass at the tree- and stand-scale, whether these estimates have been derived from traditional methods such as allometry (see here), or from new technologies such as lidar, which our group at UCL have helped pioneer (see here, here and here).

  1. Several pieces of useful software have been developed during my research. They can be found on GitHub here.

  1. 2007 - 2012: MEng - Aerospace Engineering, University of Surrey

  2. 2012 - 2017: PhD - Remote Sensing, University College London
  3. (A copy of my thesis can be found here)
  1. Burt, A., Calders, K., Cuni-Sanchez, A., Gómez-Dans, J., Lewis, P., Lewis, S. L., et al. “Assessment of bias in pan-tropical biomass predictions”. In: Frontiers in Forests and Global Change (2020). doi: 10.3389/ffgc.2020.00012.

  2. Jackson, T., Shenkin, A., Moore, J., Bunce, A., Emmerik, T. van, Kane, B., et al. “An architectural understanding of natural sway frequencies in trees”. In: Journal of The Royal Society Interface (2019). doi: 10.1098/rsif.2019.0116.

  3. Jackson, T., Shenkin, A., Wellpott, A., Calders, K., Origo, N., Disney, M., et al. “Finite element analysis of trees in the wind based on terrestrial laser scanning data”. In: Agricul- tural and Forest Meteorology (2019). doi: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2018.11.014.

  4. Jackson, T., Shenkin, A., Kalyan, B., Zionts, J., Calders, K., Origo, N., et al. “A New Architectural Perspective on Wind Damage in a Natural Forest”. In: Frontiers in Forests and Global Change (2019). doi: 10.3389/ffgc.2018.00013.

  5. Disney, M., Burt, A., Calders, K., Schaaf, C., and Stovall, A. “Innovations in Ground and Airborne Technologies as Reference and for Training and Validation: Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS)”. In: Surveys in Geophysics 40.4 (2019). doi: 10.1007/ s10712-019-09527-x.

  6. Burt, A., Disney, M., and Calders, K. “Extracting individual trees from lidar point clouds using treeseg”. In: Methods in Ecology and Evolution (2019). doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.13121.

  7. Boni Vicari, M., Disney, M., Wilkes, P., Burt, A., Calders, K., and Woodgate, W. “Leaf and wood classification framework for terrestrial LiDAR point clouds”. In: Methods in Ecology and Evolution 10.5 (2019). doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.13144.

  8. Wilkes, P., Disney, M., Boni Vicari, M., Calders, K., and Burt, A. “Estimating urban above ground biomass with multi-scale LiDAR”. In: Carbon Balance and Management (2018). doi: 10.1186/s13021-018-0098-0.

  9. Pfeifer, M., Gonsamo, A., Woodgate, W., Cayuela, L., Marshall, A. R., Ledo, A., et al. “Tropical forest canopies and their relationships with climate and disturbance: results from a global dataset of consistent field-based measurements”. In: Forest Ecosystems (2018). doi: 10.1186/s40663-017-0118-7

  10. Gonzalez de Tanago, J., Lau, A., Bartholomeus, H., Herold, M., Avitabile, V., Raumonen, P., et al. “Estimation of above-ground biomass of large tropical trees with terrestrial LiDAR”. In: Methods in Ecology and Evolution (2018). doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.12904.

  11. Disney, M., Boni Vicari, M., Burt, A., Calders, K., Lewis, S. L., Raumonen, P., et al. “Weighing trees with lasers: advances, challenges and opportunities”. In: Interface Focus (2018). doi: 10.1098/rsfs.2017.0048.

  12. Calders, K., Origo, N., Burt, A., Disney, M., Nightingale, J., Raumonen, P., et al. “Realistic Forest Stand Reconstruction from Terrestrial LiDAR for Radiative Transfer Modelling”. In: Remote Sensing (2018). doi: 10.3390/rs10060933.

  13. Wilkes, P., Lau, A., Disney, M., Calders, K., Burt, A., Gonzalez de Tanago, J., et al. “Data acquisition considerations for Terrestrial Laser Scanning of forest plots”. In: Remote Sensing of Environment (2017). doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2017.04.030.

  14. Calders, K., Disney, M., Armston, J., Burt, A., Brede, B., Origo, N., et al. “Evaluation of the Range Accuracy and the Radiometric Calibration of Multiple Terrestrial Laser Scanning Instruments for Data Interoperability”. In: IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (2017). doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2017.2652721.

  15. Gallacher, D. J., Robins, A. G., Burt, A., Chadwick, S., Hayden, P., and Williams, M. “Dispersion of positron emitting radioactive gases in a complex urban building array: a comparison of dose modelling approaches”. In: Journal of Radiological Protection (2016). doi: 10.1088/0952-4746/36/4/746.

  16. Cuni-Sanchez, A., White, L. J. T., Calders, K., Jeffery, K. J., Abernethy, K., Burt, A., et al. “African Savanna-Forest Boundary Dynamics: A 20-Year Study”. In: PLOS ONE (2016). doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0156934.

  17. Calders, K., Newnham, G., Burt, A., Murphy, S., Raumonen, P., Herold, M., et al. “Nondestructive estimates of above-ground biomass using terrestrial laser scanning”. In: Methods in Ecology and Evolution (2015). doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.12301.