Dr Brian Barrett
- Lecturer in Remote Sensing (School of Geographical & Earth Sciences)
telephone: +44 (0) 141 330 8655
My principal research interests are in the use of microwave remote sensing for applications in the terrestrial environment. From a wider perspective, the use of remote sensing to study the interaction and further understanding of Earth system processes, in the context of environmental change, greatly interests me. Most of my research to date has been concerned with the modelling and characterisation of the spatio-temporal behaviour of surface soil moisture, a key parameter for the energy and mass fluxes at the land surface-atmosphere boundary. Assessing the influence of soil moisture on Differential SAR interferometry is an area of particular interest. More recently, I have been exploring the use of different machine learning algorithms to identify patterns in time-series of multi-configuration radar datasets with the ultimate goal of improving land use inventories and facilitating reporting on national greenhouse gas emissions related to landuse. Current research focuses on the use of radar and multispectral remote sensing to improve upland habitat inventories, support monitoring of diffuse pollution risk in Scottish catchments, socio-ecological sustainability in Sub-Saharan Africa (https://sustainablefuturesinafrica.com/) and in predicting pasture biomass in Irish, Colombian and New Zealand dairy farms.
I am keen to hear from prospective students who wish to study for a PhD. Enquiries are welcome, although please investigate potential funding and/or scholarships (if required) before getting in touch. Please see here for further details.
Petropoulos, G. P., Ireland, G. and Barrett, B. (2015) Surface soil moisture retrievals from remote sensing: Current status, products & future trends. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Parts A/B/C, 83-84, pp. 36-56. (doi:10.1016/j.pce.2015.02.009)
Barrett, B. , Nitze, I., Green, S. and Cawkwell, F. (2014) Assessment of multi-temporal, multi-sensor radar and ancillary spatial data for grasslands monitoring in Ireland using machine learning approaches. Remote Sensing of Environment, 152, pp. 109-124. (doi:10.1016/j.rse.2014.05.018)
Barrett, B. , Raab, C., Cawkwell, F. and Green, S. (2016) Upland vegetation mapping using Random Forests with optical and radar satellite data. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation, 2(4), pp. 212-231. (doi:10.1002/rse2.32)
Ali, I., Barrett, B. , Cawkwell, F., Green, S., Dwyer, E. and Neumann, M. (2017) Application of repeat-pass TerraSAR-X staring spotlight interferometric coherence to monitor pasture biophysical parameters: limitations and sensitivity analysis. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 10(7), pp. 3225-3231. (doi:10.1109/JSTARS.2017.2679761)
Scottish Funding Council GCRF - Sustainable Futures in Africa (SFA) network’s administrative support (£74,941). PI: Brian Barrett
BBSRC (as part of the RCUK-CIAT Newton-Caldas Fund Sustainable Tropical Agricultural Systems Programme) - Advancing sustainable forage-based livestock production systems in Colombia (CoForLife) (£819,681 (UofG £411,341)) Co-I and UofG lead: Brian Barrett
NERC (funded through the NERC TaSE (Towards a Sustainable Earth) research programme) - “River basins as 'living laboratories' for achieving sustainable development goals across national and sub-national scales” (£399,237 (UofG £239,273)) Co-I: Brian Barrett
Scottish Funding Council GCRF Lost limbs, lives and livelihoods: understanding community behavioural change and the role of remote data collection approaches for Mine Risk Education (MRE) in Myanmar (£51,430). PI: Brian
Scottish Funding Council GCRF - Towards resilient and sustainable tropical livestock production systems in Colombia (£22,795). PI: Brian Barrett
BBSRC (as part of the RCUK-CIAT Newton-Caldas Fund Sustainable Tropical Agricultural Systems Programme) - Advancing sustainable forage-based livestock production systems in Colombia (£135,392 & additional US$111,883 of in-kind contributions from the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)). PI: Brian Barrett. Further details here
Scottish Funding Council – Visualising Violence in Malawi (£46,776) Co-I: Brian Barrett
European Commission - GEONATURA – open educational resources platform for Geomatics applications to social and environmental issues (€247,988 (UofG €60,163)). Universidade Nova de Lisboa (coordinator), TU Delft, University of Florence, and University of Glasgow. Further details here.
Industry (UK SME) - Developing a radar model for pasture biomass estimation in New Zealand (£64,648) PI: Brian Barrett
SEPA/Scottish Government - How can SEPA best use remote sensing technology to help assess the effectiveness of measures to address rural diffuse pollution (£75,543, (UofG £18,463)). ADAS RSK Ltd & Brian Barrett.
Scottish Funding Council - Building Sustainable futures in Africa: using capacity-strengthening activities to design and pilot methods for cross-disciplinary research (£36,500) Co-I: Brian Barrett
British Council Newton Fund - Earth Observation in support of sustainable livestock grazing systems in Colombia (£3,932) PI: Brian Barrett
University of Glasgow Learning & Teaching Development Fund - Unmmanned Aerial Vechicles in fieldwork teaching and learning (£2,644) Co-I: Brian Barrett
Society of Antiquaries of Scotland - Stevenson in Vulcano: the acquisition of raw materials for Glasgow`s industries in the 19th century (£1,870) Co-I: Brian Barrett. Further details here.
Post-graduate research students
Qi Qin (MSc-by-Research) Mapping environmental factors to Fasciola hepatica at farm-scale. Co- supervised by Prof. Nick Jonsson (Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine) (Graduated June 2019).
Uduak Affiah (PhD candidate) Vulnerability of the Nigerian coastal communities to climate change induced coastal hazards.Co-supervised by Dr Larissa Naylor and Dr Mia Perry (School of Education).
Niantang Liu (PhD candidate) A Deep Convolutional Neural Network-based framework For Crop Classification on High-Resolution Radar & Multispectral Imagery
Dr Marcela Ramos - BBSRC funded CoForLife project
Dr Jing Xie - BBSRC funded Sustainable Tropical Agricultural Systems project
Dr Philip Nicholson - SFC GCRF funded Remote data collection approaches for Mine Risk Education in Myanmar project.
Visiting postgraduate (PhD and MSc) students
Diana Gutierrez - PhD student from the University of Antioquia, Colombia, July – October 2019 (Colciencias funded).
Carlos Echeverria, PhD student in Water Engineering at the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Spain, September – December 2018 (Erasmus funded).
Nikolina Mijic - PhD student from the Institute of Geophysics and Geoinformatics at the University of Miskolc, Hungary, October 2017 (British Scholarship Trust funded).
Konstantina Bika, MSc student from the University of the Aegean, Greece, July – September 2016.
- Environmental Remote Sensing (Nankai University, China - DUMF-5114)
- Principles of GIS (GEOG-5019)
- Remote Sensing of the Environment (GEOG-5056)
- Applied GIS (GEOG-5102)
- Managing Sustainable Water Environments: Policy and Practice (GEOG5115)
Remote Sensing (GEOG-4094) Geography/Earth Science Level 3/4
Geography Level 2 (GEOG-2001) (GIS)
Research Skills (GEOG-3010) (Advanced Geographical Techniques) Geography Level 3
- Head of the Earth Systems Research Group (ESRG)
- Scottish Hub Director of the Sustainable Futures in Africa strategic network
- School Principal Web Publisher (PWP)
- School Technology Enhanced Learning and Teaching (TELT) contact
- Remote Sensing of Environment
- Nature Plants
- IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing
- ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
- International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation
- Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science
- Hydrology and Earth System Sciences
- Remote Sensing
- International Journal of Remote Sensing
- Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing
- Journal of Applied Remote Sensing
- Environmental Engineering and Management Journal
- Earth Surface Processes and Landforms
- Comptes Rendus Geoscience
- Physics and Chemistry of the Earth
- Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation
Professional Society Membership
- Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc)