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fortiain has written 45 posts for Forest Planet

Flat Earth or Globe?

[This is a long post. If you don’t have the stamina, skip to the conclusion.] Occasionally I get embroiled in a discussion with a Flat Earther on Facebook, and I know my friends and family are thinking, “No! Why are you wasting your time!?”    Here is why… Science is simply too important in a … Continue reading

Free Remote Sensing e-Books – 7 April 2017

For the benefit of a training programme I’m involved with in Zambia, and for my upcoming MSc class on Introduction to Radar Remote Sensing, I am making my two remote sensing ebooks free on Amazon on Friday 7th April.  Note that these are Amazon Kindle books, and you therefore need to download the (free) Kindle … Continue reading

Still… imag(in)ing a world without trees

Trees lost from familiar works of art… still one of my most popular blog posts after more than three years. It certainly generated more interest than anything I ever did in my research career! My excuse for re-blogging it is Marina Galperina’s animated GIFs that now give me the chance to revisit these visualisations through their … Continue reading

Edinburgh’s Ecosystem Ecosystem

It is said that “innovation ecosystems” allow for the full exploitation of the positive sum relationships (symbiosis) between actors who work together around a core sector.   In Edinburgh we have such an ecosystem centred around “forest ecosystems” and it is one of the reasons why I love working in Edinburgh. I reckon Edinburgh hosts the … Continue reading

101 Top Tips for PhD students

My newest eBook is available to download for FREE today only: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00YB9BTXI This book aims to summarise advice I have given my research students over the year.  Hopefully useful, informative and a little bit of fun too. . . . . .

4 Day Course on Radar Remote Sensing: 20-24 April

I am now making my Introduction to Radar Remote Sensing training course available to outside participants. This popular MSc module is intended to provide an introduction to the techniques used in radar remote sensing. With the increasing availability of satellite radar data it is becoming more important than ever to know how these systems work and to … Continue reading

“Introduction to Microwave Remote Sensing” – now an eBook

In 2005 I published my Introduction to Microwave Remote Sensing (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00U4D8EJM).  It is now available as a Kindle eBook. At the moment, the eBook is simply a PDF replica of the print book, but because I have self-published it via Speckled Press, I have managed to keep it <$10, which is a substantial saving compared to … Continue reading

Spock: Science *and* adventure

To mark the sad passing of Leonard Nimoy today, I publish a short essay I wrote 20 years ago as a PhD student:   When I was seven years old, a popular playtime game was play-acting Star Trek and it will come as no surprise to many of my current friends that I always played … Continue reading

Where trees and people live

This is a follow on post from an earlier one called “The forest as a lived environment”.   One of my highlights of 2014 was getting my complimentary copy of Bill Liao’s book, “Forests: Reasons to be hopeful“.  As well as offering some advice on the scientific content of a few of the figures, I also … Continue reading

The Snakes and Ladders of Ecosystem Services

The trend towards applying economic value to forest ecosystems is contentious. While the valuing of the processes of nature (“ecosystem services”) or valuing of their stock value (“natural capital”) is potentially advantageous in helping to tackle challenges of nature’s conservation and protection, it is not unambiguously beneficial. I therefore wanted to find a way to … Continue reading

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