Welcome to the Wildfire Research Team at Kings College London, based in the Earth & Environmental Dynamics Research Group in the Department of Geography. Located in central London, we work with collaborators to study vegetation fires and their impacts in many worldwide environments, using remote sensing, modelling and in situ methods. Examples are available at the links below. If you think you might like to work or study with us, or are just interested to learn more, feel free to contact us through Prof. Martin Wooster (martin.wooster@kcl.ac.uk).

Team Members

The KCL Wildfire Team started in 2002 and is led by Professor Martin Wooster. It works within the Earth & Environmental Dynamics Research Group at KCL and typically consists of around three or four postdoctoral researchers, and a similar number of PhD students – each working on a different aspect of wildfire measurement and/or modelling.  Details of the team are here, and links to the individual members pages are below.

Individual Team Member Pages

Professor Martin Wooster (Team Lead)
♦ Dr Ronan Paugam
Dr Ralph Beeby
Dr Jon Atherton
♦ Dr Thomas Smith
♦ Mr Patrick Freeborn
♦ Mr Joshua Johnston

Associate Members

♦ Dr James Millington
♦ Prof Bruce Malamud

Team Alumni & Destination

♦ Dr Gareth Roberts (Lecturer, Southampton Uni.)
♦ Maria Tattaris (Researcher, CIMMYT Mexico)
♦ Dr Samuel Sperling (IT consultant, London)
♦ Dr Gareth Mottram (Researcher, Birkbeck Uni.)
♦ Dr G. Petropoulos (Lecturer, Aberystwyth Uni.)
♦ Dr A. Zoumas (Researcher, EU-JRC, Italy)
♦ Dr Alistair Smith (Asst. Prof., Uni. of Idaho)


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Wildfire Research at KCL

We use a variety of research approaches to study wildfires, including leading or collaborating on field campaigns almost every year.  In recent years our work has incorporated measurements in North America, South Africa, Australia, Brazil, UK and others.

Click on a title below to discover a little more about our main  research methods:

Click on “impact” for information on some of the various ways our work on satellite remote sensing of active fires and fire radiative power has been used beyond pure science applications.
And here’s a Weather Network TV Report of one of our recent field experiments in Canada.
Click  field campaigns to see a selection of field photographs.

By the way..if you have ever wondered what a “flame” is – check out this video that is the result of a competition launched by Alan Alda in which scientists were challenged to answer the question in a way that an 11-year-old could understand. Ben Ames, Ph.D. candidate in quantum optics at the University of Innsbruck, won top flame video with this great video entry!

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Data Access & Calendar

We are heavily involved in developing algorithms and datasets to provide information on biomass burning activity and impacts, in this case mostly from satellite remote sensing. Here you can find links to a few of the Data Resources that stem from our work, and also some links to data from others that we regularly use. There is also a link to our fieldtrip/workshop Calendar.

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