University of Leicester
My research fellowship develops satellite concepts to reduce deforestation to
reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change.
Because of global deforestation, a large amount of greenhouse gases is released
to the atmosphere. This accelerates global warming. Governments want to slow
down and eventually halt deforestation as a way of combating dangerous climate
change. Satellites are needed to monitor compliance and inform the public what is
Over the past year, my research group has simulated a new airborne radar sensor
for mapping forests and analysed airborne data specifically acquired for this
purpose. Radar satellites can see changes in forest cover, forest biomass and
other environmental changes. These methods are now being used in the
European Space Agency project GLOBBIOMASS, which will map the world's
forest resources from space.
Radar satellites can be used in different ways to combat deforestation:
* By mapping forest biomass and providing information on where the highest
biomass is located
* By mapping logging tracks and alerting land owners and government agencies
to a risk of logging
This research has a potential impact on the quality of information on the state of
global forests, the rates of deforestation and areas at risk from future
deforestation. It can inform the public and agencies of changes in forests, and
help reduce deforestation. As increasing finance is becoming available to combat
climate change, this research can help create confidence that obligations from
nations that want to reduce deforestation are being met.