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I am an all-round remote sensing specialist for earth science applications such as mining & critical raw materials, natural hazards, and environmental monitoring, within the framework of sustainable capacity building. 

I teach MSc and PhD courses on remote sensing data processing and computer programming, predominantly in international environments:

  •  course-director of the Applied Earth Sciences MSc programme, 2012-2015;
  • teaching e-learning and classroom courses in an MSc curriculum;
  • teaching tailor-made courses on location (Asia, Africa, Latin America);
  • supervision of over 32 MSc theses and 8 PhD theses;
  • mentoring students in managing their own learning experience.

My research interest is optical remote sensing and image processing for earth science applications:

  • porting hyperspectral mineral indices to freely available satellite imagery;
  • use freely available satellite imagery for continental-scale geological mapping;
  • analysis of multi-temporal satellite & field camera data for monitoring earth dynamics.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


  • QE Geology
  • spectroscopy
  • hyperspectral
  • iron oxide
  • rare earth elements
  • minerals
  • remote sensing
  • raw materials
  • time lapse
  • hydrocarbons
  • time series
  • GE Environmental Sciences
  • heavy metals
  • hydrocarbons
  • oil
  • gas
  • TR Photography
  • time lapse
  • image processing
  • LB2300 Higher Education


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