Contact Joanna Zawadzka

Areas of expertise

  • Carbon, Climate and Risk
  • Digital Agriculture
  • Monitoring and Environmental Informatics
  • Natural Capital
  • Soil
  • Soil Resources


Joanna attained her MSc degree jointly from Warsaw University of Life Sciences and Cranfield University, where she studied Protection of Environment and Geographical Information Management respectively. She acquired knowledge of processes occurring within all aspects of environment, coupled with technical skills essential for analysis and assessment of environmental resources. After graduating she joined Cranfield University where she embarked on research projects concerned with digital soil mapping and terrain analysis. In her work she is using a variety of remote sensing and GIS techniques as well as statistical modelling to extract information on soil and terrain characteristics. She is also conducting research related to carbon sequestration within various types of environment as well as Ecosystem Goods and Services Assessment.

Current activities

Joanna Zawadzka has a strong interest in spatial data analysis in the context of the environmental mapping and modelling. She uses various GIS, remote sensing, and statistical methods to extract, analyse, and interpret data on natural environment, contributing to a variety of research and commercial projects. 

Joanna's recent activities include:

  • mapping soil resilience using digital soil mapping techniques within England and Wales;
  • mapping land surface temperature for three English towns: Milton Keynes, Bedford, and Luton, as part of the Urban-BESS (Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability) project;
  • application of data-mining techniques for understanding water purification processes in artificial wetlands located within the South Florida Water Management District;
  • conducting an ecosystem goods and services assessment for a new road development in Norfolk;
  • researching carbon sequestration in soil and biomass under various types of vegetation including energy crops;
  • teaching digital terrain analysis and digital soil mapping in the Advanced GIS and Environmental Resource Survey MSc modules.


  • Central Networks
  • Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
  • EDF Energy
  • EU Framework 7
  • ISRIC - World Soil Information
  • Joint Resarch Centre (Ispra)
  • Mott MacDonald
  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
  • Teagasc - Irish Environmental Protection Agency


Articles In Journals


  • Simo I, Constanje R, Fealy R, Hallett SH, Hannam J, Holden N, Jahns G, Jones B, Massey P, Mayr T, McDonald E, Reidy B, Schulte R, Sills P, Spaargaren O, Zawadka J & Creamer RE (2014) Mapping Soils in Ireland. In: GlobalSoilMap: Basis of the global spatial soil information system, CRC Press.
  • Mayr T, Rivas Casado M, Bellamy P, Palmer R, Zawadzka J & Corstanje R (2010) Two methods for using legacy data in digital soil mapping. In: Digital soil mapping: bridging research, environmental application, and operation. Boettinger JL, Howell DW, Moore AC, Hartemink AE, Kienast-Brown S (ed.), Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer, p. 191-202.