The Applied Remote Sensing Group focuses on research in the remote sensing of the environment from local to global scale. We develop cutting-edge techniques for extracting information from data collected by UAVs, aeroplanes, earth observation satellites and lab-based instruments.

Remote sensing provides a unique perspective on natural and anthropogenic processes. The recent multiplication of platforms is rapidly creating huge volumes of data, and the development of new algorithms for image analysis is constantly revealing new applications. The group develops state-of-the-art approaches which rely on integration of remote sensing and ancillary data through model-data fusion, to provide transparent and reliable information for a breadth of applications including deforestation, agriculture, food security, resource explorations and hydroclimatic extremes such as droughts, floods and heatwaves. Our research focuses on (i) understanding the physics of the measurements and (ii) implementing systems which utilise the remote sensing observations at operational scales.


A-D BBSRC, Cabinet Office (CO), Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, Commodity traders, DMC International Imaging Ltd, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), Department for Environment

E-H Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), EPSRC, ESRC, ETI, EUFP7, Electricite de France (EDF) Group, Environment Agency (EA), European Forest Institute, European Space Agency, Eurostat, Food Standard Agency (FSA), UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Forestry Commission, Government Office for Science (GO-Science), Hummingbird Technologies

I-P Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), Joint Research Centre (JRC) European Commission, Magellium Ltd, Marine Management Organisation, UK Ministry of Defence, NERC, NIAB, Natural England, PepsiCo, Produce World

S-Z Satellite Applications Catapult, Scotland and Northern Ireland Forum for Environmental Research (SNIFFER), The Institute of European Environmental Policy, The Parks Trust, UK space agency, Unilever, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Yorkshire Water