The Steering Committee

The running and development of the Facility is overseen by the FSF Steering Committee. This is a panel of six people comprising the Facility Director, NCEO Divisional Director for EO Instrumentation and Facilities (EOIF), and four experts from the UK remote sensing community, whose details are presented below. Among other things the Steering Committee exist to review applications for use of Facility equipment, to monitor output from the Facility (research, reports, software products), and to provide advice to the Director of NERC Services and Facilities on all aspects of the operation of the Facility.

Name: Prof.Clive Oppenheimer
Role: Chair of FSFSC
Information: Clive Oppenheimer's main research interests are the controls of volcanic degassing on differentiation and redox state of magmas, and on eruptive processes; the atmospheric chemistry of volcanic plumes; the environmental, climatic and human impacts of volcanism in antiquity; and development of environmental sensing techniques and applications. His main research focus has become Erebus volcano in Antarctica where he has worked with the US Antarctic Program since 2003

Name: Prof. Martin King
Role: Member of FSFSC
Information: Martin King runs the snow and aerosol research group at RHUL. Martin studies the photochemistry in Polar snow and sea-ice; the oxidation of atmospheric aerosol using laser tweezers and neutron reflection; the effect of black carbon on snow albedo and polar climate change; and the directional reflectance (BRDF) of snow and sea-ice, used for the calibration validation of satellite observation and energy balance models.

Name: Dr David McKee
Role: Member of FSFSC
David is a Senior Lecturer in the Physics Department, University of Strathclyde where he works in Marine Optics and Remote Sensing. His research is currently focused on improving the quality of products obtained from ocean colour remote sensing signals and in situ optical measurements of absorption, scattering and fluorescence. He is also interested in development of new platforms for optical instruments in oceanography such as micro-satellites for Earth observation and in situ profiling moorings. The research combines significant time spent at sea making measurements, numerical simulation of underwater and water leaving light fields and statistical data analysis. Most of the work is concentrated on optically complex shelf seas (e.g. Bristol Channel, Irish Sea, Mediterranean) where the influence of terrestrial and anthropogenic sources are strongest, though more recently he has started to develop interests in optical complexity in more open ocean areas that are subject to episodic inputs of wind-borne particulates.

Name: Prof. Mathew Williams
Role: Director of FSF
Information: Mat is the Professor of Global Change Ecology at Edinburgh University. His research is on quantifying and understanding the terrestrial carbon cycle and its links to global change. Studying the interactions of plant and soil processes across environmental and biodiversity gradients from the tropics to the Arctic. Using a process based modelling and data assimilation method to extract information from detailed ecosystem measurements on feedback processes between soil, vegetation and the atmosphere, over timescales from days to years. Linking to remote sensing data, through the use of models to upscale process information to investigate landscape processes. He particularly focusses on issues relating to the drought sensitivity of forests, the role of disturbance (fire or anthropogenic) on forest biomass, and the sensitivity of Arctic ecosystems to warming. Understanding and simulating the non-steady state behaviour of ecosystems is a current focal interest.