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Dr Kari Hyll

Kari Hyll
Research Associate

Email: kari.hyll@kcl.ac.uk

Department of Geography
King's College London K4L.04
King's Building 
Strand Campus 
WC2R 2LS 

Research group/affiliations

Earth and Environmental Dynamics Research Group

King’s wildfire research team

National centre for earth observation (NCEO)

Research interests

  • Infrared sensing/imaging and emissivity
  • Dynamic image analysis
  • Earth observation & modelling
  • Spectroscopy and multispectral measurements
  • Biomass processes

Biography

Kari (uses the gender-neutral pronoun they/them/theirs) is a measurement physicist with a broad background. Undertaking astronomy studies at Stockholm University (Sweden) in 2004, Kari spent a year as an exchange student at Western university (Ontario , Canada) in 2007. In Canada, they studied planetary science and did an undergraduate research project modelling temperature and line emission from circumstellar gas around Be type stars. Returning to Stockholm University, Kari studied numerical analysis and computer science in addition to the astronomy curriculum, which comprised an observational field trip to the Nordic Optical Telescope at La Palma. Their graduate project was focused on the analysis of absorption spectra from stars with infrared excess using IDL.

In 2010 Kari began PhD in studies in optics & metrology in production engineering at KTH Royal institute of technology (Stockholm, Sweden) with an industrial internship at Innventia, the Swedish pulp and paper research institute. Their early PhD work focused on improving the use of thermal cameras in research and process monitoring by better measurements of the emissivity of wood-based materials. Here, they developed a new goniometric method for paper emissivity measurements which allowed the temperature, observation angle, and moisture content of the sample to be varied. Their later PhD work focused on developing methods for quantitative characterisation of water suspended micron-sized particles in papermaking pulp.

Since summer 2016, Kari has working with prof. Martin Wooster as a research associate at the Geography department at King’s college. Their project focus on infrared (FTIR, thermal camera) measurements of gas and aerosols from burning biomass and on instrument calibration but will also entail the validation of fire-related products from satellite remote sensing data.

With a passion for outreach and diversity and inclusion in the physical sciences, Kari has worked extracurricular as a guide at the National museum of science and technology in Stockholm and as a Science ambassador for the Faculty of science at Stockholm University. Kari always has a cup of tea ready for discussions on exciting topics. 

Publications

Kari’s publications can be found on Researchgate and Orcid.

 

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