William Maslanka received the M.Met. degree in Meteorology and the Ph.D. degree in Microwave Remote Sensing from the University of Reading, Reading, U.K., in 2013 and 2017, respectively. His PhD was titled “Extinction of Microwave Radiation in Snow” and looked to better understand the extinction processes of naturally emitted microwave radiation through the natural snowpack. From 2017 to 2019, he was a Flood Modeller and a Forecaster for the Environment Agency, before working as a Post-Doctoral Researcher with the LANDWISE Project, focusing on the remote sensing of soil moisture, for use with natural flood management, at the University of Reading between 2019 and 2022.
He is now a Research Associate in Earth Observation Sciences at King’s College London, with the National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO). His current work looks at estimating emissions from high-latitude fires from polar orbiting satellites; specifically using the VIIRS instrument upon the Suomi NPP and NOAA-20 satellites, as well as the TROPOMI instrument upon Sentinel-5P. With a background of physical Geography, Meteorology, and Earth Observation, his research interests include satellite-based remote sensing techniques of landscape fires, soil moisture, and snow.
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