Mark Danson

  • Professor of Environmental Remote Sensing - University of Salford

Research interests

My research interests are concerned with mapping, modelling and understanding environmental change, specifically the effects of climate and human activity on the biosphere.

My main area of expertise is in the application of Earth Observation satellite and airborne remote sensing imagery to monitor change in ecosystems. I have pioneered the use of remote sensing to measure vegetation water content and applied these methods in research to predict wildfires in the Mediterranean and UK. I have also used remote sensing to map landscape change in China and central Asia and model the transmission of the deadly parasite Echinococcus multilocularis.

Most recently I have developed the World’s first dual-channel full-waveform terrestrial laser scanner that is now being used to study changes in forests and woodlands by making the most accurate three-dimensional structural measurements of tree canopies ever achieved.