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Barnaby J. F. Clark

 
PhD Student
TAITA Project Researcher
Geoinformatics Group
Department of Geosciences and Geography
University of Helsinki
P.O. Box 64
00014 Helsinki, Finland
 

E-mail: barnaby.clark@helsinki.fi
Telephone: +358 9 191 51062
Fax: +358 9 191 50760

Research Interests:

Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
Remote Sensing of Tropical Vegetation
Multiangular Reflectance Characteristics of Earth Surface Materials

I am English and originally from London, but I am currently a doctoral student working and teaching in the Geoinformatics Group at the Department of Geosciences and Geography, University of Helsinki, researching optical satellite imagery processing.

Education:

MSc Geographical Information Science, Birkbeck College, University of London, 2002
BSc (Hons), Geography, University of Bristol, 1997

 

Work Experience:

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching GIS and remote sensing at a university level since 2005. In addition, I have developed lectures and practicals for, and participated in, several specialist courses in environmental monitoring and modelling and landscape rehabilitation for international development projects (see below). The courses I have taught at the Department of Geosciences and Geography are:

  • Remote Sensing Methods (56301): Practicals
  • Advanced Remote Sensing (563010): Lectures and Practicals
  • Environmental Monitoring and Modelling (56282e): Lectures and Practicals

INTERNATIONAL TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Ethiopia, July, 2008:

As part of the Finnish CIMO North-South-South programme funded by the Ministry of Education and the Foreign Ministry of Finland, Viikki Tropical Resources Institute (VITRI) at the University of Helsinki organized a special course in landscape connectivity studies entitled “Forest Landscape Restoration in North East Africa” (RE_E1), which was given at Wondo Genet College of Forestry, Hawassa University, Ethiopia, from the 16-26 July, 2008. I gave lectures on the principles of GIS and remote sensing for environmental monitoring, and also applications of geoinformatics in landscape rehabilitation. Further, I developed and taught a detailed GIS based practical exercise in landscape connectivity modelling using least-cost spatial analysis methods to identify corridor areas and priority sites for rehabilitation interventions.

Kenya, September - October, 2006:

The TAITA project of the Department of Geography of the University of Helsinki and the Regional Centre for Mapping the Resources of Development (RCMRD) arranged a geoinformatics course entitled “GIS applications in environmental monitoring in the Taita Hills” at the premises of RCMRD in Nairobi, in September 25 – October 6, 2006. The course was funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, University of Helsinki, RCMRD and the Academy of Finland. Participants from various Kenyan NGOs, research institutions and government departments attended. The course was developed and taught by myself and a colleague from the Department of Geosciences and Geography, Mika Siljander.

COMMERCIAL EXPERIENCE

September 1997- March 2004 MSI/Marconi Wireless Geodata Group
Positions Held:
Geodata Project Manager:  December 2000 – March 2004
Geodata Team Leader: October 1999 – December 2000
Remote Sensing Engineer:   September 1997 – October 1999

My six and a half year career with MSI/Marconi started as a remote sensing engineer, giving me daily exposure to GIS and Remote Sensing data handling and processing, and from December 2000 I was the UK Geodata Project Manager responsible for providing a world-class “one-stop-shop” for digital mapping products and services to the wireless telecom markets. As part of a small group I developed excellent team working skills and enjoyed in depth exposure to all areas involved in the Remote Sensing and GIS business. I gained extensive experience in processing Landsat TM and SPOT satellite imagery and in geographical database management. By the end of 2003, however, I wanted to move away from an increasingly managerial role and return to full-time academic study in RS and GIS where my original interests lay.

 

Recent Publications:

PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

Clark, B., J. Suomalainen, and P. Pellikka. The selection of appropriate pseudo-invariant ground targets for use in empirical line spectral calibration of SPOT satellite imagery. Submitted for publication.

Clark, B., J. Suomalainen, and P. Pellikka. An historical empirical line method for the retrieval of surface reflectance factor from multi-temporal SPOT HRV, HRVIR and HRG multispectral satellite imagery. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, submitted for publication.

Clark, B., J. Suomalainen, and P. Pellikka. A comparison of methods for the retrieval of surface reflectance factor from multi-temporal SPOT HRV, HRVIR and HRG multispectral satellite imagery. Submitted for publication.

Siljander, M., B. Clark, and P. Pellikka, (2010). A predictive modelling technique for human population distribution and abundance estimation using remote sensing and geospatial data in a rural mountainous area in Kenya. International Journal of Remote Sensing, in press.

Erdogan, H. E., P. Pellikka, and B. Clark, (2010). Modelling the impact of land cover change on potential soil loss in the Taita Hills, Kenya, between 1987 and 2003 using remote sensing and geospatial data. International Journal of Remote Sensing, in press.

Clark, B., and P. Pellikka (2009). Landscape analysis using multi-scale segmentation and object-oriented classification. In: A. Röder, J. Hill, (eds.), Recent Advances in Remote Sensing and Geoinformation Processing for Land Degradation Assessment. Taylor & Francis, pp. 323-341.

Clark, B. and P. Pellikka, (2007). Mapping Land cover change in the Taita Hills, Kenya, utilizing multi-scale segmentation and object-oriented classification of SPOT imagery. Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, 2007. IGARSS 2007. IEEE International Digital Object Identifier: 10.1109/IGARSS.2007.4423201

OTHER SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS

Clark, B., and P. Pellikka, (2005). The Development of a Land Use Change Detection Methodology for Mapping the Taita Hills, South-East Kenya: Radiometric Corrections. Proceedings of the 31st International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE), 20-24 June, 2005, St Petersburg, Russian Federation. CD-Publication, no page numbers.

Pellikka, P., B. Clark, T. Sirviö and K. Masalin, (2005). Environmental change monitoring applying satellite and airborne remote sensing data in the Taita Hills, Kenya. Proceedings of the International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation Processing in the Assessment and Monitoring of Land Degradation and Desertification (RGLDD), 7-9 September, 2005, Trier, Germany. CD-Publication, no page numbers.

Pellikka, P., J. Ylhäisi and B. Clark (eds.): Taita Hills and Kenya, 2004 (2004). Expedition Reports of Department of Geography, University of Helsinki 40, Department of Geography, University of Helsinki, 79-86.

Pellikka, P., B. Clark, P. Hurskainen, A. Keskinen, M. Lanne, K. Masalin, P. Nyman-Ghezelbash and T. Sirviö, (2004). Land use change monitoring applying geographic information systems in the Taita Hills. Proceedings of the 5th AARSE conference (African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment), 18-21 October, 2004, Nairobi Kenya. CD-Publication, no page numbers. (PDF)

 

Other Interests:

I also enjoy reading, travelling, walking, listening to music, and socialising. In addition, I have had a life-long passion for railways and I am interested in all aspects of railway operations, travel, history, and modelling. I am a member of the Locomotive and Carriage Institution: http://www.lococarriage.org.uk/