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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

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

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

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

Listen to Jeff Goldblum, not Matt Ridley

Did you read Matt Ridley’s piece in the Wall Street Journal last month?    He was making a very compelling argument that the “World’s Resources Aren’t Running out”.   I have to admit that when I started reading it, I got a little seduced by his optimism. For a while, I was hooked.  I bought … Continue reading

Why One Branch Size Dominates Radar Backscatter

Warning: technical post for geeky radar folks! There is a common rule of thumb that I have often seen presented that states that the radar backscatter from a forest canopy mostly originates from scattering elements that are similar in size to the wavelength being used.   Sometimes this is explained through attenuation effects of a full-cover … Continue reading

How high is an Earth observing satellite? (infographic)

I just created this infographic to help my students get a handle on the scales involved when dealing with Earth observation satellites, as well as linking this to the structure of the atmosphere. It’s different from the usual structure of the atmosphere diagrams as it’s focused on Earth observation, and since it is a scalable … Continue reading

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