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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: Dr David McKee
Role: Chair 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.

Name: Dr Angela Harris
Role: Member of FSFSC
Information: Angela is a Lecturer in the School of Environment, Education and Development at the University of Manchester. Her research interests focus on the innovative application of remote sensing for monitoring the impact of environmental change on vegetation communities, and to improve our understanding of ecosystem physical processes, particularly in climatically sensitive northern peatland ecosystems. She is interested in the novel use of Earth observation data across a range of temporal and spatial scales, which range from the collection of laboratory and in situ field spectroscopy data to the analysis of airborne and satellite imagery.

Name: Dr Evgenia Ilyinskaya
Role: Member of FSFSC
Information: Evgenia Ilyinskaya is a University Academic Fellow at the Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics at the University of Leeds. Her research focuses on volcanic gases and aerosol particles, with the overarching aim of monitoring volcanic activity and its impact on the environment and the atmosphere. Her work involves sampling and measurement campaigns at active volcanoes and she pioneered the implementation of volcanic gas measurements as a monitoring tool for Icelandic volcanic systems. Evgenia has worked with volcanoes in Iceland, Central America, Hawaii, Antarctica, and Japan.

Name: Dr Emma Tebbs
Role: Member of FSFSC
Information: Emma Tebbs is a Lecturer in Physical Geography at King's College London. She has expertise and interests in the application of Earth Observation technology to issues of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. Her research focuses on the remote sensing of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.

Name: Prof. Martin Wooster
Role: Director of NCEO EO Instrumentation & Facilities
Information: Professor Martin Wooster's research focuses on theoretical and applied Earth Observation science, including the linking of EO-derived information to environmental models. He is a PI in the NERC National Center for Earth Observation and satellite EO data is the primary tool, but NERC-supported ground-based and airborne methods such as VIS/NIR and LWIR spectroscopy and are also used, most commonly to develop, optimise and validate new methodologies and products. Much of his research utilises thermal remote sensing approaches, and has included the development of a number of operational 'real-time' EO systems supporting wider science investigations.