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Professor Martin Wooster

Professor Martin Wooster

Martin WoosterProfessor of Earth Observation Science


Tel:  +44 (0)20 7848 2577

Department of Geography 
Office: Bush House North East Wing, Room 5.17 

Research activity:  Wildfire Research at King's College London


Research Interests

  • remote sensing/Earth observation
  • biomass burning
  • active volcanoes
  • natural hazards
  • thermal processes atmospheric pollutionisation and complex systems 


Martin Wooster joined the Department of Geography in 1998 on a lectureship funded by the NERC Earth Observation Science Initiative (one of four such lectureships awarded nationally in the UK). In 2005 he was appointed Professor of Earth Observation Science at King's College London. Martin holds a BSc in Physics (Bristol) and an MSc in Remote Sensing (University of London), with a PhD in Earth Sciences (Open University) that focused on exploiting the ATSR instrument for the remote sensing of active volcanoes. Recently his group at KCL have been instrumental in developing the operational Fire Radiative Power (FRP) product from the Meteosat Second Generation satellites, available free in real-time from the EUMETSAT Land Satellite Applications Facility (Land SAF). Professor Wooster is a PI in the

NERC National Center for Earth Observation.

Click here for real-time Metoesat-derived Active Fire Data in Google Earth

Martin Wooster chaired the Steering Committee of the NERC Field Spectroscopy Facility. He was previously a member of the Steering Committee of the NERC Airborne Remote Sensing Facility . He holds investigatorships on a number of remote sensing missions, and was the recipient of the Daiwa-Adrian Award for Excellence in UK-Japan Collaborative Science

. In 2007 Martin was the first recipient of the "Young Academic Researcher of the Year" award at the now annual King's Awards , and more recently he and his research team and collaborators were recipients of the London Development Agency Knowledge Transfer Award for Environmental Science. In 2009 Martin was recipient of the King's College London "Innovation and Impact" award.

Prior to joining King's Martin worked at the Natural Resources Institute, where his work focused on the development of Earth Observation as part of a suite of methods being applied for the purpose of extending environmental monitoring in developing countries. Areas of work included included vegetation, rainfall and lake/ocean monitoring, for such diverse applications as famine early warning, forest fire detection and limnological/fisheries investigations. An example of one of these projects can be found here related to study of large lake biodiversity.

The above areas of work remain a particular interest to this day, as does the use of infrared and thermal remote sensing approaches and their application to a wide variety of environmental investigations. A key current interest is in the quantifying the role of vegetation fires (biomass burning) plays in exchanges of material between the land surface and the atmosphere, and the development of remote sensing approaches to help address this question. The link at left provides further details of this and other research topics. Those interested in possible postgraduate study or research fellowships are welcome to email. 

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