My research interests centre around improving our understanding of key terrestrial processes relevant to climate change, in particular related to the carbon cycle, methane and wildfires.
I am a Lecturer in Earth Observation in the School of Physics and Astronomy. I also am a member of the National Centre for Earth Observation where I lead Earth System Model and Climate-Carbon Data Evaluation. I have over 15 years’ experience in using satellite data to retrieve concentrations of atmospheric constituents and analysing them to improve our understanding of the carbon cycle. I developed key satellite methane data products which are extensively used by the community for better understanding the global methane budget. I have expertise in using satellite data for evaluation of land surface and climate models and was awarded an international European Space Agency (ESA) Living Planet Fellowship on this topic.
I work as part of the UK Earth System Modelling Core Group, leading NCEO activities in climate model evaluation. I represent UKESM on the ESA Climate Modelling User Group. I currently lead several Digital Twin activities that bring together Earth system modelling, Earth Observation and Machine Learning to improve our understanding and predictive capabilities for the Earth system and the response to climate change.
I currently supervise 2 PhD students in Earth Observation at University of Leicester. I have previously supported the supervision of 7 students who have gone on to achieve their PhD and moved into successful careers including as founder of their own environmental company, working in investment banking and continuing to work in research (UK academia and NASA).
- D Orr - Satellite Observations of CO2 in Support of the Paris Agreement for Emission Reduction
- S Poudel - Investigating the Susceptibility of Tropical Forests to Climate Change using Earth System Modelling, Satellite Remote Sensing and Machine Learning