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Heather Reese


Department of Earth
Visiting address
Guldhedsgatan 5A
41320 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 460
40530 Göteborg

About Heather Reese

My primary research interest is in remote sensing of subarctic alpine vegetation types and changes in the vegetation of these areas. I combine multiple data sources such as optical data from Sentinel-2 or Landsat, but also incorporate 3D data from LiDAR or photogrammetry. Connecting information at different spatial scales is a challenge, where data from drones and satellite platforms need to be carefully correlated. I fly drones at my research sites with near-infrared and thermal-infrared cameras, and have contributed to a number of cross-disciplinary research projects.

I often work with large area operational projects and cooperate with government agencies and consulting companies in aspects of method development. My future interests are to apply multi-scale remote sensing and spatial modelling to better determine changes (climate and other agents) in alpine, sub-arctic ecosystems. I have also worked with applications in Burkina Faso and Rwanda. As a new member of the Department, I am currently working with further integration of remote sensing into our Earth Science research and teaching.

Currently financed research projects include:

• Multi-temporal classification of Sentinel-2 satellite data for alpine vegetation and tree species using Hidden Markov Models (Financer: Swedish National Space Board)

• Operational mapping of alpine vegetation types in the new National Land Cover Map (Financer: Swedish Environmental Protection Agency)

• UAV photogrammetry for monitoring palsa degradation (Unfinanced)

• Using optical and radar satellite data to answer questions on the interrelated roles of trees, soil moisture and crop condition for food security in Burkina Faso (Financer: Swedish National Space Board)

• Improving model performance with high spatial-resolution albedo estimates (Financer: MERGE at GU)

• Mapping greening and browning in the Swedish subarctic with multi-scale remote sensing data (Financer: BECC at GU)

• Heat stress in tropical trees and its implications for tree community composition and plantation success.(Financer: BECC at GU)

• Northern wetland mapping and validation of greenhouse gas emissions (Financer: Formas)

See also:

Twitter: HeatherMReese (@RRs4es) and Alpine Polar Ecology group at GU (@APEGU1)

GU Science Faculty article (2019)

GU Journal article (2019)