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Prof Jan-Peter Muller
Nu 101
Mullard Space Science Laboratory
Dept. of Space & Climate Physics
Holmbury St Mary
  • Professor of Image Understanding and remote Sensing
  • Dept of Space & Climate Physics
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
Research Summary

Imaging science
- new remote sensing techniques (e.g. fluorescence spectroscopy)
- uncooled thermal and Shortwave IR
- sub-surface SAR imaging systems from space

Imaging instruments
- PAH & micro-organism location through fluorescence
- Hyperspectral imaging instruments using tunable filters
- fused lidar-stereo instruments for exploration & industry

3D extraction
- multi-angle stereo (e.g. MISR, MISRlite, HRSC, NavCam)
- imaging lidar
- InSAR and SAR phase correlation

Machine vision and 3D Animated visualisation
- automated landscape feature extraction (e.g. trees, buildings on earth; craters on Mars)
- orbital-rover data fusion
- web-GIS for data dissemination and visualisation
- visualisation of global change (link to Global Change Video)

Global climate from EO
- long-term calibration of EO instruments (e.g. TRUTHS, vicarious calibration)
- validation methods
- global land surface albedo
- global cloud-top heights and winds
- global aerosol source-to-sink (e.g. volcanic ash, smoke, pollution)
- PM2.5/PM1 mapping in urban canyons from space
- Standing biomass
- Solar-planetary weather teleconnections

Planetary science
- life detection on other planets (in our solar system & beyond)
- comparative morphology for understanding surface processes using 3D terrain
- highly turbulent flow and how Giant Planets' banded structure and long-lived storms can persist

Research Experience

Discovery of hurricane systems in Jupiter’s equator, lightning, role of internal heating in driving Jupiter’s atmospheric motions as well as recently frozen sea and catastrophic floods on Mars. Development of world leading advanced algorithms for automated 3D surface extraction using stereo, SAR interferometry and most recently, Imaging LiDAR  (including clouds and Mars) and solid-earth deformation measurement (radar interferometry), automated extraction of global environmental information (BRDF/albedo, aerosols, cloud-top heights), automated interpretation of aerial and space imagery for building and vegetation extraction, animated 3D visualisation of global change, the exploitation of parallel and cluster processing technology and development of technology for sharing geographic knowledge through web-GIS.

Teaching Summary

Lecturing on M.Sc. in Remote Sensing, Environmental Mapping, GIS, Hydrographic Surveying, Space Science & Engineering.

Course co-ordinator of GMES (Global Monitoring of Environment & Security), contributing lecturer to Image Understanding (Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering) and Planetary surface instrumentation.

Supervisor to 8 PhD students and up to 7 MSc students every summer.

01-OCT-1991 Professor of Image Understanding & Remote Sensing Space & Climate Physics UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1980 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Astrophysics University College London
1977 MSc Master of Science – Atmospheric Physics Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
1976 BSc Bachelor of Science – Physics University of Sheffield
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