Dr Alan Blackburn

Senior Lecturer

Research Interests

My research focuses on developing remote sensing and GIS techniques for environmental applications, particularly in ecology and biodiversity, vegetation physiology and dynamics and environmental security. This work takes place at a variety of scales, from individual plant leaves to biomes.

Personal web page and copies of journal publications: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/people/blackbga/

What controls the magnitude of the daytime heat sink in a desert city?
Nassar, A.K., Blackburn, G.A., Whyatt, J.D. 03/2017 In: Applied Geography. 80, p. 1-14. 14 p.
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Variability in the effectiveness of two ornithological survey methods between tropical forest ecosystems
Martin, T., Nightingale, J., Baddams, J., Monkhouse, J., Kaban, A., Sastranegara, H., Mulyani, Y., Blackburn, G.A., Simcox, W. 10/01/2017 In: PLoS ONE. 12, 1, 15 p.
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Understanding the multi-seasonal spectral and biophysical characteristics of reedbed habitats in the UK
Onojeghuo, A.O., Blackburn, G.A. 28/11/2016 In: Geo-spatial Information Science. 19, 4, p. 233-244. 12 p.
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Dynamics and controls of urban heat sink and island phenomena in a desert city: development of a local climate zone scheme using remotely-sensed inputs
Nassar, A.K., Blackburn, G.A., Whyatt, J.D. 09/2016 In: International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation. 51, p. 76-90. 15 p.
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Characteristics and drivers of forest cover change in the post-socialist era in Croatia: evidence from a mixed-methods approach
Cvitanovic, M., Blackburn, G.A., Jepsen, M.R. 08/2016 In: Regional Environmental Change. 16, 6, p. 1751-1763. 13 p.
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Remote sensing of impervious surface growth: a framework for quantifying urban expansion and re-densification mechanisms
Shahtahmassebi, A.R., Song, J., Zheng, Q., Blackburn, G.A., Wang, K., Huang, L.Y., Pan, Y., Moore, N., Shahtahmassebi, G., Haghighi, R.S., Deng, J.S. 04/2016 In: International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation. 46, p. 94-112. 19 p.
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Exploiting high resolution multi-seasonal textural measures and spectral information for reedbed mapping
Onojeghuo, A.O., Blackburn, G.A. 25/02/2016 In: Environments. 3, 1, 15 p.
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Does the establishment of sustainable use reserves affect fire management in the humid tropics?
Carmenta, R., Blackburn, A., Davies, G., Lima, A., de Sassi, C., Parry, L.T.W., Tych, W., Barlow, B.J. 17/02/2016 In: PLoS ONE. 11, 2, 19 p.
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How well is current plant trait composition predicted by modern and historical forest spatial configuration?
Kimberley, A., Blackburn, G.A., Whyatt, D., Smart, S. 01/2016 In: Ecography. 39, 1, p. 67-76. 10 p.
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Habitat suitability modeling of endangered primates in Nigeria: integrating satellite remote sensing and spatial modeling techniques
Blackburn, G.A. 13/10/2015 In: Journal of Geoscience and Environment Protection. 3, p. 23-38. 16 p.
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Contributions of gas flaring to a global air pollution hotspot: spatial and temporal variations, impacts and alleviation
Anejionu, O., Whyatt, D., Blackburn, G.A., Price, C. 10/2015 In: Atmospheric Environment. 118, p. 184-193. 10 p.
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Meta-analysis of the detection of plant pigment concentrations using hyperspectral remotely sensed data
Huang, J., Wei, C., Zhang, Y., Blackburn, G.A., Wang, X., Wei, C., Wang, J. 10/09/2015 In: PLoS ONE. 10, 9, 26 p.
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Detecting gas flares and estimating flaring volumes at individual flow stations using MODIS data.
Anejionu, O., Blackburn, G.A., Whyatt, D. 1/03/2015 In: Remote Sensing of Environment. 158, p. 81–94. 14 p.
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Mapping crop phenology using NDVI time-series derived from HJ-1 A/B data
Pan, Z., Huang, J., Zhou, Q., Wang, L., Cheng, Y., Zhang, H., Blackburn, G.A., Yan, J., Liu, J. 02/2015 In: International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation. 34, p. 188-197. 10 p.
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Forest disturbance and regeneration: a mosaic of discrete gap dynamics and open matrix regimes?
Blackburn, G.A., Abd Latif, Z., Boyd, D.S. 11/2014 In: Journal of Vegetation Science. 25, 6, p. 1341-1354. 14 p.
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Developing the desert: the pace and process of urban growth in Dubai
Nassar, A.K., Blackburn, G.A., Whyatt, D. 05/2014 In: Computers, Environment and Urban Systems. 45, p. 50-62. 13 p.
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Traits of plant communities in fragmented forests: the relative influence of habitat spatial configuration and local abiotic conditions
Kimberley, A., Blackburn, G.A., Whyatt, D., Smart, S. 05/2014 In: Journal of Ecology. 102, 3, p. 632-640. 9 p.
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Investigating the structural condition of trees using LiDAR metrics
Murray, J., Blackburn, A., Whyatt, D., Edwards, C. 18/04/2014
Conference paper

Conservation value of secondary forest habitats for endemic birds, a perspective from two widely separated tropical ecosystems
Martin, T.E., Blackburn, G.A. 03/2014 In: Ecography. 37, 3, p. 250-260. 11 p.
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Satellite survey of gas flares: development and application of a Landsat-based technique in the Niger Delta
Anejionu, O., Blackburn, G., Whyatt, D. 28/02/2014 In: International Journal of Remote Sensing. 35, 5, p. 1900-1925. 26 p.
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The FORMNET-B database: monitoring the biomass and dynamics of disturbed and degraded tropical forests
Cho, P., Blackburn, G.A., Bird, N.M., Brewer, S.W., Barlow, J. 11/2013 In: Journal of Vegetation Science. 24, 6, p. 1204-1207. 4 p.
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Identifying the trait syndromes of conservation indicator species: how distinct are British ancient woodland indicator plants from other woodland species?
Kimberley, A., Blackburn, G., Whyatt, D., Kirby, K., Smart, S. 10/2013 In: Applied Vegetation Science. 16, 4, p. 667-675. 9 p.
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Early detection of oil-induced stress in crops using spectral and thermal responses
Emengini, E.J., Blackburn, G.A., Theobald, J.C. 17/01/2013 In: Journal of Applied Remote Sensing. 7
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Discrimination of plant stress caused by oil pollution and waterlogging using hyperspectral and thermal remote sensing
Emengini, E.J., Blackburn, G.A., Theobald, J.C. 01/2013 In: Journal of Applied Remote Sensing. 7, 17 p.
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Characterising reedbeds using LiDAR data: potential and limitations
Onojeghuo, A.O., Blackburn, G.A. 2013 In: IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing. 6, 2, p. 935-941. 7 p.
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Habitat associations of an insular Wallacean avifauna: a multi-scale approach for biodiversity proxies
Martin, T.E., Blackburn, G.A. 12/2012 In: Ecological Indicators. 23, p. 491-500. 10 p.
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The avifauna of the Lambusango Forest Reserve, Buton Island, South-East Sulawesi (with additional sightings from Southern Buton)
Martin, T.E., Kelly, D.J., Keogh, N.T., Heriyadi, D., Singer, H.A., Blackburn, A. 2012 In: Forktail. 28, p. 107-112. 6 p.
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Forest transition in an ecologically important region: patterns and causes for landscape dynamics in the Niger Delta
Onojeghuo, A.O., Blackburn, G.A. 09/2011 In: Ecological Indicators. 11, 5, p. 1437-1446. 9 p.
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Optimising the use of hyperspectral and LiDAR data for mapping reedbed habitats
Onojeghuo, A.O., Blackburn, G.A. 15/08/2011 In: Remote Sensing of Environment. 115, 8, p. 2025-2034. 10 p.
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Understanding human-fire interactions in tropical forest regions: a case for interdisciplinary research across the natural and social sciences
Carmenta, R., Parry, L., Blackburn, A., Vermeylen, S., Barlow, J. 03/2011 In: Ecology and Society. 16, 1, p. -. 22 p.
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Deriving spatial inputs for forest microclimate modelling using remote sensing techniques
Abd Latif, Z., Blackburn, G.A. 2011 In: IEESR. 4, p. 10-18. 9 p.
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Mapping reedbed habitats using texture-based classification of QuickBird imagery
Onojeghuo, A.O., Blackburn, G.A. 2011 In: International Journal of Remote Sensing. 32, 23, p. 8121-8138. 18 p.
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Optimising predictive models for leaf chlorophyll concentration based on continuous wavelet analysis of hyperspectral data
Huang, J.F., Blackburn, G.A. 2011 In: International Journal of Remote Sensing. 32, 24, p. 9375-9396. 22 p.
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Impacts of tropical forest disturbance upon avifauna on a small island with high endemism: implications for conservation
Martin, T.E., Blackburn, G.A. 31/08/2010 In: Conservation and Society. 8, 2, p. 127-139. 13 p.
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The effects of gap size on some microclimate variables during late summer and autumn in a temperate broadleaved deciduous forest.
Abd Latif, Z., Blackburn, G.A. 03/2010 In: International Journal of Biometeorology. 54, 2, p. 119-129. 11 p.
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An assessment of the effectiveness of two methods in describing a neotropical cloud forest bird community.
Martin, T.E., Blackburn, G.A., Simcox, W. 2010 In: Ornitologia Neotropical. 21, p. 131-147. 17 p.
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The effectiveness of a Mesoamerican 'paper park' in conserving cloud forest avifauna
Martin, T.E., Blackburn, G.A. 12/2009 In: Biodiversity and Conservation. 18, 14, p. 3841-3859. 19 p.
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Monitoring conservation in a global biodiversity hotspot: the contribution of land cover change assessment.
Joseph, S., Blackburn, G.A., Gharai, B., Sudhakar, S., Thomas, A.P., Murthy, M.S.R. 11/2009 In: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 158, 1-4, p. 169-179. 11 p.
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Monitoring active subglacial volcanoes : a case study using airborne remotely sensed imagery of Grímsvötn, Iceland.
Stewart, S.F., Pinkerton, H., Blackburn, A., Gudmundsson, M.T. 11/2008 In: International Journal of Remote Sensing. 29, 22, p. 6501-6514. 14 p.
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Retrieval of chlorophyll concentration from leaf reflectance spectra using wavelet analysis.
Blackburn, G.A., Ferwerda, J.G. 15/04/2008 In: Remote Sensing of Environment. 112, 4, p. 1614-1632. 19 p.
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Wavelet decomposition of hyperspectral data: a novel approach to quantifying pigment concentrations in vegetation.
Blackburn, G.A. 01/2007 In: International Journal of Remote Sensing. 28, 12, p. 2831-2855. 25 p.
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Mapping thermal anomalies using Airborne Thematic Mapper imagery: Grímsvötn caldera, Vatnajökull, Iceland.
Stewart, S.F., Pinkerton, H., Blackburn, G.A., Guðmundsson, M.T. 2007 In: Geological Society Special Publications. 283, p. 31-43. 13 p.
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Hyperspectral remote sensing of plant pigments.
Blackburn, G.A. 2006 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 58, 4, p. 855-867. 13 p.
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Spatial relationships between tree species and gap characteristics in broad-leaved deciduous woodland.
Koukoulas, S., Blackburn, G. 10/2005 In: Journal of Vegetation Science. 16, 5, p. 587-596. 10 p.
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Mapping individual tree location, height and species in broadleaved deciduous forest using airborne LIDAR and multi-spectral remotely sensed data.
Koukoulas, S., Blackburn, G.A. 10/02/2005 In: International Journal of Remote Sensing. 26, 3, p. 431-455. 25 p.
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The gap year for geographers: effects and paradoxes
Blackburn, A., Clark, G., Pilgrim, D. 2005 In: Geography. 90, 1, p. 32-41. 10 p.
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Quantifying the spatial properties of forest canopy gaps using LiDAR imagery and GIS.
Koukoulas, S., Blackburn, G.A. 10/08/2004 In: International Journal of Remote Sensing. 25, 15, p. 3049-3071. 23 p.
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A real-time hydrological model for flood prediction using GIS and the WWW.
Al-Sabhan, W., Mulligan, M., Blackburn, G.A. 01/2003 In: Computers, Environment and Urban Systems. 27, 1, p. 9-32. 24 p.
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Remote sensing of mangrove biophysical properties : evidence from a laboratory simulation of the possible effects of background variation on spectral vegetation indices.
Meza Diaz, B., Blackburn, G.A. 2003 In: International Journal of Remote Sensing. 24, 1, p. 53-73. 21 p.
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Remote sensing of forest pigments using airborne imaging spectrometer and LIDAR imagery.
Blackburn, A. 10/2002 In: Remote Sensing of Environment. 82, 2-3, p. 311-321. 11 p.
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Introducing New Indices for Accuracy Evaluation of Classified Images Representing Semi-Natural Woodland Environments.
Koukoulas, S., Blackburn, G.A. 04/2001 In: Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing. 67, 4, p. 499-510. 12 p.
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Towards the Remote Sensing of Matorral Vegetation Physiology : Relationships between Spectral Reflectance, Pigment, and Biophysical Characteristics of Semiarid Bushland Canopies.
Blackburn, G.A., Steele, C.M. 12/1999 In: Remote Sensing of Environment. 70, 3, p. 278-292. 15 p.
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Relationships between Spectral Reflectance and Pigment Concentrations in Stacks of Deciduous Broadleaves.
Blackburn, G.A. 11/1999 In: Remote Sensing of Environment. 70, 2, p. 224-237. 14 p.
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Biophysical controls on the directional spectral reflectance properties of bracken (Pteridium aquilinum) canopies: results of a field experiment.
Blackburn, G.A., Pitman, J. 1999 In: International Journal of Remote Sensing. 20, 11, p. 2265-2282. 18 p.
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Quantifying Chlorophylls and Caroteniods at Leaf and Canopy Scales: An Evaluation of Some Hyperspectral Approaches.
Blackburn, G.A. 12/1998 In: Remote Sensing of Environment. 66, 3, p. 273-285. 13 p.
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Spectral indices for estimating photosynthethic pigment concentrations : a test using senescent tree leaves.
Blackburn, G.A. 1998 In: International Journal of Remote Sensing. 19, 4, p. 657-675. 19 p.
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An ecological survey of deciduous woodlands using airborne remote sensing and geographical information systems (GIS).
Blackburn, A., Milton, E.J. 06/1997 In: International Journal of Remote Sensing. 18, 9, p. 1919-1935. 17 p.
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Filling the gaps: remote sensing meets woodland ecology
Blackburn, A., Milton, E.J. 07/1996 In: Global Ecology and Biogeography. 5, 4-5, p. 175-191. 17 p.
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Seasonal variations in the spectral reflectance of deciduous tree canopies
Blackburn, A., Milton, E.J. 03/1995 In: International Journal of Remote Sensing. 16, 4, p. 709-720. 12 p.
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Measurement of the spectral directional reflectance of forest canopies: a review of methods and a practical application
Milton, E.J., Blackburn, A., Rollin, E.M., Danson, F.M. 1994 In: Remote Sensing Reviews. 10, p. 285-298. 14 p.
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