This Week’s Discoveries | 20 November 2018
- Tuesday 20 November 2018
Niels Bohrweg 2
2333 CA Leiden
- De Sitterzaal
Joris Timmermans (CML and UCLC)
Joris is a remote sensing researcher at the Institute of Environmental Studies (CML) at Leiden University and a consultant at University College London Consultant. His field sits at the intersection between environmental sciences, physics and computer science.
His current focusses on the radiative transfer in soil/vegetation as well as the application of earth observation data to monitor biodiversity (loss) specifically: how can data-assimilation techniques be used to merge multiple satellite (optical and radar) observations consistently to investigate ecological processes? At present only single-sensor approaches are used. This is in stark contrast to the large number (145) of research satellites currently orbiting earth, and only when multi-sensor frameworks are implemented can advancements in ecological and environmental research be made. To this purpose Joris is contributing to the recently released MULTIPLY platform that combines ecological information, and radiative transfer modelling and Bayesian statistics for operationally producing information regarding functional vegetation traits and evaluating biodiversity loss.