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

King’s Wildfire Research Team has been led by Professor Martin Wooster since 2002. Professor Wooster is Chair of Earth Observation Science at King’s College London, and a Divisional Director within NERC’s National Center for Earth Observation (NCEO). The Team works within the Earth & Environmental Dynamics Research Group at King’s, and comprises a mix of academics, full-time researchers, PhD students and technical staff – each working on aspects of landscape fire measurement and/or modelling.

Current Members @ King’s College London

Professor Martin Wooster (Team Lead)
♦ Dr Weidong Xu
♦ Dr Jiangping He
♦ Dr Kari Hyll
♦ Dr Daniel Fisher
♦ Dr Tianran Zhang
♦ Dr Bruce Main

♦ Ms Hannah Nguyen
♦ Mr Mark de Jong

Associate Members @ King’s College London

♦ Dr James Millington
♦ Prof Bruce Malamud

Team Alumni & First Destination

♦ Dr Tadas Nikonovas (Swansea University)
♦ Dr Patrick Freeborn (US Forest Service)
♦ Dr Ronan Paugam (US Forest Service)
♦ Dr Josh Johnston (Canadian Forest Service)
♦ Dr Jon Atherton (Uni. of Helskini)
♦ Dr Ralph Beeby (NHS)
♦ Dr Gareth Roberts (Southampton University)
♦ Dr Thomas Smith (LSE)
♦ Dr Maria Tattaris (CIMMYT Mexico)
♦ Dr Samuel Sperling (IT consultant, London)
♦ Dr Gareth Mottram (Birkbeck University.)
♦ Dr George. Petropoulos (Aberystwyth Uni.)
♦ Dr Athanassios Zoumas (EU-JRC)
♦ Dr Alistair Smith (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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