Dr Alan Blackburn
Lancaster Environment Centre,
Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YQ, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1524 510237
LEC 103 Environmental Processes and Systems (Biosphere section)
LEC 115 Geographical Skills in a Changing World (Remote Sensing section)
LEC 214 Interacting Landscapes: Biogeography and Geomorphology
LEC 215 Investigating Mediterranean Environments (Field Course)
LEC 315 Environmental Remote Sensing and Image Processing
LEC 402 Geoinformatics
La Alpujarra, Spain
Present. Senior Lecturer, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University.
1993 -2000. Lecturer, Geography Department, King's College London.
Ph.D. in Remote Sensing, Southampton University. 1993.
B.Sc. in Physical Geography. University of Bristol. 1990.
Key admin roles.
Part 1 Director of Studies, 2012-present.
Director of Teaching and Learning, 2008-2011.
Undergraduate Admissions Tutor, 2003-2007.
Jon Murray, in progress, “A step-change in tree hazard assessment using emerging techniques and technologies”. EPSRC studentship.
Iguniwari Ekeu-Wei, in progress, “Application of geoinformatics for flood management and urban planning in Yenagoa City, Nigeria”. Niger Delta Development Commission studentship.
Anson Hancock, in progress, “Multi-scale, multi-sensor monitoring of volcanic activity”.
Adam Kimberley, in progress, “Spatial aspects of landscape and vegetation change in Britain” NERC-CEH studentship.
Beth Brockett, in progress, “An interdisciplinary approach to the sustainable management of agricultural grasslands” NERC LWEC studentship.
Sek Aun Tan, in progress, “Characterizing and quantifying tropical rainforest structure through LiDAR technology”. Malaysian Government studentship.
Ahmed Nassar, in progress, “Spatial-temporal urban change analysis in Dubai city and its environmental impact using remote sensing and GIS”
Lisiane Zanella, PhD 2015, “The Brazilian Atlantic Forest: Investigations into deforestation, forest fragmentation and the distribution of threatened plant species”. Brazilian Government Studentship.
Obinna Anejionu, PhD 2015, “Remote survey of gas flares in the Niger Delta and modelling of the environmental and health impacts”. Petroleum Technology Development Fund studentship.
Alison Birkett, PhD 2014, “Dung beetles and ecosystem functions in UK uplands: predicting responses to environmental change.” NERC studentship.
Louisa Reynolds, PhD 2014, “The measurement of net available energy using satellites: method development and evaluation.” NERC studentship.
Alex Parker, Ph.D. 2014, “Exploring the potential of remote sensing techniques in irrigation scheduling for potato crops” Perry Foundation Studentship.
Percival Cho, Ph.D. 2014, “An investigation of tropical forest response to hurricane disturbance with evidence from long-term plots and earth observation in Central America.” LU Faculty of Science and technology studentship.
Rachel Carmenta, Ph.D. 2013, “From earth observation to ethnography: Investigating the relationship between land-tenure and Amazonian wildfires.” NERC-ESRC studentship.
Alex Onojeghuo, Ph.D. 2011, “Reedbed mapping using remotely-sensed data”. Petroleum Technology Development Fund Studentship.
Ebele Emengini, Ph.D. 2010, “Hyperspectral and thermal remote sensing of plant stress responses to oil pollution, waterlogging and water deficit.” Petroleum Technology Development Fund Studentship.
Zulkiflee Latif, Ph.D. 2010, “Modelling microclimates in broadleaved deciduous forests using remotely-sensed data.”. Malaysian Government studentship.
Tom Martin, Ph.D. 2010, “Avifauna and anthropogenic forest disturbance in two biodiversity hotspots.”, Faculty of Science and Technology Studentship
Uwem Ituen, Ph.D. 2007, “Land use inventory and change detection in a rural environment of northern Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.” British Council Studentship.
Kina Stewart, Ph.D. 2006 “Airborne remote sensing of Grímsvötn subglacial volcano, Vatnajökull, Iceland.” Self-funded.
Niels Nielsen, Ph.D. 2004 “Spatial metrics of structure and diversity: calculation from Earth Observation and map data, for use as indicators in environmental management.” EU & Danish Government funding.
Waleed Alsabhan, Ph.D. 2002 “A real-time hydrological model for flood prediction using GIS and the WWW.”, Saudi Arabian Government Studentship.
Sotirios Koukoulas, Ph.D. 2001 “Analysing the spatial structure of semi-natural deciduous woodlands through high-resolution airborne imagery and Geographic Information Systems.”, Self-funded.
Benito Meza-Diaz, Ph.D. 2000, “Remote sensing of the biophysical properties of mangroves: an evaluation of spectral vegetation indices.”, Departmental Studentship.
Kimberley, A., Blackburn, G.A., Whyatt, J.D. and Smart, S. (2015) How well is current plant trait composition predicted by modern and historical forest spatial configuration? Ecography. 38, 1-10.
Anejionu, O.C.D., Blackburn G.A. and Whyatt J.D. (2015) Detecting gas flares and estimating flaring volumes at individual flow stations using MODIS data. Remote Sensing of Environment.158, 81-94.
Pan, Z., Huang, J., Zhou, Q., Wang, L., Cheng, Y, Zhang, H., Blackburn, G.A., Yang, J., Liu, J. (2015) Mapping crop seasonality parameters using NDVI time-series derived from HJ-1 A/B data. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation. 34, 188–197.
Blackburn, G.A., Abd Latif, Z., & Boyd, D.S. (2014) Forest disturbance and regeneration: a mosaic of discrete gap dynamics and open matrix regimes? Journal of Vegetation Science. Doi: 10.1111/jvs.12201
Kimberley, A., Blackburn, G.A., Whyatt, J.D. and Smart, S. (2014) Traits of plant communities in fragmented forests: The relative influence of habitat spatial configuration and local abiotic conditions. Journal of Ecology. 102, 632–640.
Nassar, A.K., Blackburn, G.A. and Whyatt, J.D. (2014) Developing the desert: The pace and process of urban growth in Dubai. Computers Environment and Urban Systems. 45, 50-62.
Anejionu, O.C.D., Blackburn G.A. and Whyatt J.D. (2014) Satellite survey of gas flares: development and application of a Landsat-based technique in the Niger Delta. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 35(5), 1900-1925.
Martin, T.E. and Blackburn, G.A. (2014) Conservation value of secondary forest habitats for endemic birds, a perspective from two widely separated tropical ecosystems. Ecography,37(3), 250-260.
Emengini E.J., Blackburn, G.A., Theobald, J.C. (2013) Discrimination of plant stress caused by oil pollution and waterlogging using hyperspectral and thermal remote sensing. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing. 7(1), 073476 (Nov 26, 2013).
Cho, P., Blackburn, G.A., Bird, N., Brewer, S. and Barlow, J. (2013) The FORMNET-B database: monitoring the biomass and dynamics of disturbed and degraded tropical forests. Journal of Vegetation Science. 24, 1204–1207.
Kimberley, A., Smart, S., Blackburn, G.A., Whyatt, J.D. and Kirby, K. (2013) Identifying the trait syndromes of conservation indicator species: How distinct are British ancient woodland indicator plants from other woodland species? Applied Vegetation Science, 16(4), 667-675.
Emengini, E.J., Blackburn, G.A and Theobald, J.C. (2013) Early detection of oil-induced stress in crops using spectral and thermal responses. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, 7(1), 073596 (Jan 17, 2013)
Onojeghuo, A.O. and Blackburn, G.A. (2013) Characterising reedbeds using LiDAR data: potential and limitations. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 6(2), 935-941
Martin, T.E. and Blackburn, G.A. (2012) Habitat associations of an insular Wallacean avifauna: A multi-scale approach for biodiversity proxies. Ecological Indicators. 23, 491-500.
Martin, T.E., Kelly, D.J., Keogh, N.T., Heriyadi, D., Singer, H.A. and Blackburn, G.A. (2012) The avifauna of the Lambusango Forest Reserve, Buton Island, South-East Sulawesi (with additional sightings from Southern Buton). Forktail. 28, 107-112.
Onojeghuo, A.O. and Blackburn, G.A. (2011) Mapping reedbed habitats using texture-based classification of QuickBird imagery. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 32 (23), 8121-8138.
Huang, J.F. and Blackburn, G.A. (2011) Optimising predictive models for leaf chlorophyll concentration based on continuous wavelet analysis of hyperspectral data. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 32 (24) 9375-9396.
Abd Latif, Z. & Blackburn, G. A. (2011) Deriving spatial inputs for forest microclimate modelling using remote sensing techniques. International Journal of Electrical and Electronic Systems Research, 4, 13-20.
Onojeghuo, A.O. and Blackburn, G.A. (2011) Optimizing the use of hyperspectral and LiDAR data for mapping reedbed habitats. Remote Sensing of Environment. 115, 2025-2034.
Carmenta, R., Parry, L., Blackburn, G.A., Vermeylen, A. and Barlow, J. (2011) Understanding human-fire interactions in tropical forest regions: A case for interdisciplinary research across the natural and social sciences. Ecology and Society 16(1): 53.
Onojeghuo, A.O. and Blackburn, G.A. (2011) Forest transition in an ecologically important region: patterns and causes for landscape dynamics in the Niger Delta. Ecological Indicators. 11, 1437-1446.
Martin, T.E. and Blackburn, G.A. (2010) Impacts of tropical forest disturbance upon avifauna on a small island with high endemism: implications for conservation. Conservation and Society. 8(2), 127-139.
Martin, T.E. and Blackburn, G.A. and Simcox, W. (2010) An assessment of the effectiveness of two methods in describing a neotropical cloud forest bird community. Ornitologia neotropical. 21, 131–147.
Abd Latif, Z. & Blackburn, G. A. (2010) The effects of gap size on microclimate and soil water content in a temperate broadleaved deciduous forest. International Journal of Biometeorology. 54, 119–129.
Martin, T.E. and Blackburn, G.A. (2009) The effectiveness of a Mesoamerican ‘paper park’ in conserving cloud forest avifauna. Biodiversity and Conservation. 18, 3841–3859.
Joseph, S., Blackburn, G.A., Gharai, B., Sudhakar, S., Thomas, A.P. and Murthy, M.S.R. (2009) Monitoring conservation in a global biodiversity hotspot: the contribution of land cover change assessment. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 158, 169-179.
Stewart, S. F., Pinkerton, H., Blackburn, G.A. and Gudmundsson, M.T. (2008) Monitoring active subglacial volcanoes: a case study using airborne remotely sensed imagery of Grímsvötn, Iceland. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 29(22), 6501–6514.
Blackburn, G.A. and Ferwerda, J.G. (2008) Retrieval of chlorophyll concentration from leaf reflectance spectra using wavelet analysis. Remote Sensing of Environment. 112, 1614–1632.
Blackburn, G.A. (2007) Wavelet decomposition of hyperspectral data: a novel approach to quantifying pigment concentrations in vegetation. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 28(12), 2831-2855.
Stewart, S. F., Pinkerton, H. and Blackburn, G.A. (2007) Mapping thermal anomalies using Airborne Thematic Mapper imagery: Grímsvötn caldera, Vatnajökull, Iceland. Geological Society, London, Special Publications 283, 31-43.
Blackburn, G.A. (2006) Hyperspectral remote sensing of plant pigments. Journal of Experimental Botany. 58(4), 855-867.
Koukoulas, S. and Blackburn, G.A. (2005) Spatial relationships between tree species and gap characteristics in broadleaved deciduous woodland. Journal of Vegetation Science. 16, 587-596.
Koukoulas, S. and Blackburn, G.A. (2005) Mapping individual tree location, height and species in broadleaved deciduous forest using airborne LiDAR and multi-spectral remotely sensed data. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 26(3), 431-455.
Blackburn, G.A., Clark, G. and Pilgrim, D. (2005) The gap year for geographers: effects and paradoxes. Geography. 90(1), 32-41.
Koukoulas, S. and Blackburn, G.A. (2004) Quantifying the spatial properties of forest canopy gaps using LiDAR imagery and GIS. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 25(15), 3049-3071.
Meza-Diaz, B. and Blackburn, G.A. (2003) Remote sensing of mangrove biophysical properties: evidence from a laboratory simulation of the possible effects of background variation on spectral vegetation indices. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 24(1), 53-73.
Al-Sabhan, W., Mulligan, M. and Blackburn, G.A. (2002) A real-time hydrological model for flood prediction using GIS and the WWW. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems. 27(1), 5-28.
Blackburn, G.A. (2002) Remote sensing of forest pigments using airborne imaging spectrometer and LIDAR imagery. Remote Sensing of Environment. 82, 311-321.
Koukoulas, S. and Blackburn, G.A. (2001) Introducing new indices for accuracy evaluation of classified images representing semi-natural woodland environments. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 67(4), 499-510.
Blackburn, G.A. and Steele, C.M. (1999) Towards the remote sensing of matorral vegetation physiology: relationships between spectral reflectance, pigment and biophysical characteristics of semi-arid bushland canopies. Remote Sensing of Environment, 70(3), 278-292.
Blackburn, G.A. (1999) Relationships between spectral reflectance and pigment concentrations in stacks of deciduous broadleaves. Remote Sensing of Environment, 70(2), 224-237.
Blackburn, G.A. and Pitman, J.I. (1999) Biophysical controls on the directional spectral reflectance properties of bracken (Pteridium aquilinum) canopies: results of a field experiment. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 20(11), 2265-2282.
Blackburn, G.A. (1998b) Quantifying chlorophylls and carotenoids from leaf to canopy scales: An evaluation of some hyper-spectral approaches. Remote Sensing of Environment, 66(3), 273-285.
Blackburn, G.A. (1998a) Spectral indices for estimating photosynthetic pigment concentrations: a test using senescent tree leaves. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 19(4), 657-675.
Blackburn, G.A. and Milton, E.J. (1997) An ecological survey of deciduous woodlands using airborne remote sensing and geographical information systems (GIS). International Journal of Remote Sensing, 18(9), 1919-1935.
Blackburn, G.A. and Milton, E.J. (1996) Filling the Gaps: Remote Sensing Meets Woodland Ecology. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 5, 175-191.
Blackburn, G.A. and Milton, E.J.(1995) Seasonal variations in the spectral reflectance of deciduous tree canopies. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 16(4),709-721.
Milton, E.J., Blackburn, G.A., Rollin, E.M. and Danson, F.M. (1994) Measurement of the spectral directional reflectance of forest canopies: a review of methods and a practical application. Remote Sensing Reviews, 10, 285-298.
Pollino National Park, Italy