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Dr Niels Andela

Dr Niels Andela

Lecturer in Remote Sensing

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Overview

  • Vegetation fires
  • Emissions
  • Air quality
  • Land use change
  • Carbon cycle
  • Ecosystem change
  • Remote sensing
  • Seasonal to decadal forecasting
  • Statistical modelling

Biography

  • Lecturer in remote sensing, Cardiff University (2020 - present)
  • Assistant research professor, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and University of Maryland (2018 – 2020)
  • Postdoctoral research scholar, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and University of California, Irvine (2015 – 2018)
  • PhD in Earth Sciences, Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, VU University Amsterdam (2016)
  • MSci in Hydrology, Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, VU University Amsterdam (2012)

Publications

2021

2020

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2018

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2016

2015

2014

2013

Teaching

I teach about satellite remote sensing and contribute to the following modules:

  • EA1303 – GIS, Maps, and Analytical Skills
  • EA2308 – Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis

My research focuses on the interactions between climate, socio-economic development, and tropical ecosystem change. I have a particular interest in the occurrence of fires, human caused fires burn millions of square kilometres every year and play an important role in tropical ecosystems. I study how changing fire regimes influence ecosystems, the carbon cycle, emissions and air quality. I have developed several fire related remote sensing datasets, including the first global dataset of individual fire behaviour. These data enable improved prediction of fire impacts and understanding of the future role of fire in the Earth System. Most of my research is based on the use of satellite remote sensing and statistical modelling techniques.