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Prof Philip Lewis
114 Pearson Building
Dept. Geography
Gower St
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  • Professor of Remote Sensing
  • Dept of Geography
  • Faculty of S&HS

Career History

2008-present:   Professor of Physical Geography, Department of Geography UCL.
2002-2008:      Reader in Remote Sensing, Department of Geography UCL.
1992 - 2002:    Lecturer in Remote Sensing, Department of Geography UCL.
1991 - 1992:    PGRA, Dept. Photogrammetry and
Surveying, UCL;
                      NERC grant to TIGER 3.1 Project - Improved determination of 
                      albedo and surface roughness at multiple spatial scales using
                      remote sensing data and physical models surface roughness
                      for HAPEX-SAHEL.
1988 - 1991:    PGRA, Dept. Photogrammetry and Surveying, UCL;
                      NERC grant Angular variations of reflectance in multiple
                      look-angle satellite and aircraft data.

University Education

1996:   University College London, University of London
                      Ph.D. Remote Sensing, 
                      Dept. Geomatic Engineering (formerly Photogrammetry and Surveying)
                      Botanical Plant Modelling for Remote Sensing Simulation Studies
1988:   University of London.
                      M.Sc. Remote Sensing. (Distinction).
1987:   Queen Mary College, University of London
                      B.Eng. Avionics, Dept. Aeronautical Engineering (First Class Hons.).

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Research Themes
Research Summary


The main focus of my research is monitoring vegetation using Earth Observation methods. I have built a focus, in my own work and that of my research group, around developing and applying new methods in this area, with a key emphasis on moving the field from loose empirical correlations to making use of physically-based models. I have always sought to develop a strong, rigorous, capability in modelling within my own work and that of my group (research as well as training elements such as the MSc remote sensing). This has led to a wide range of fruitful collaborations over the years. The approach has provided practical solutions to operational monitoring (e.g. my work over the last 10+ years leading to the development of the NASA MODIS BRDF/albedo product with colleagues at BU1, NASA, UoW, Swansea2, and UCL) as well as providing for greater accuracy in spinoff applications such as model-based burn scar detection in Africa/change detection with colleagues at UMD3/NASA. Gaining a NERC EOSI Lectureship in the last few years (Dr Paul Saich, a
microwave EO modeller) has allowed for rapid progress in the area of examining common links between information in the optical and microwave domains. Exploring and exploiting this synergy forms previous joint work for ESA and BNSC (in collaboration with BAE systems), as well as a focus for future developments in the NERC Centre of Excellence and other areas.

Academic Background
1996   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
1988   Master of Science Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
1987   Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Queen Mary College, University of London
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