Dr Angela Harris

Lecturer in Geography (GIS)

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General Research Interests

Angela's research interests focus on the innovative application of remote sensing for monitoring the impact of environmental change on vegetation communities, and to improve our understanding of ecosystem physical processes, particularly in climatically sensitive northern peatland ecosystems. She is interested in the novel use of Earth observation data across a range of temporal and spatial scales, which range from the collection of laboratory and in situ field spectroscopy data to the analysis of airborne and satellite imagery.


Angela gained her BSc (Hons) in Marine Geography from the University of Cardiff in 1999. She then went on to gain an MSc in Environmental Conservation Management from the University of Glamorgan in 2000. This was followed by a PhD in the Department of Geography, University of Sheffield investigating the "potential of remote sensing as a tool for the measurement of near-surface hydrological conditions in northern peatlands", which was completed in 2004. She has been a Research Assistant at Sheffield (2004) and a Lecturer in Remote Sensing at the School of Geography, University of Southampton (2005-2010) and was subsequently appointed as Lecturer in Remote Sensing at the University of Manchester in 2010.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Member of the European Geosciences Union (EGU)
  • Member of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc)

Further information

Academic websites of interest

The Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society: 

NERC Field Spectroscopy Facility:

NERC Airborne Research and Survey Facility: 

The Sheffield Spectroscopy Laboratory: 

Current  administrative responsibilites

  • Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes
  • Director of MSc Geographical Information Science

Other Activities

I am a member of the European Geosciences Union, British Ecological Society and a council member of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society. I am also a peer-reviewer for a number of international journals including Remote Sensing of Environment, Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, International Journal for Geographical Information Sciences and a grant reviewer for the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO). I was an Erasmus Mundus visiting fellow at the University of Sydney, Australia in 2008, a World Universities Network visiting researcher at the University of Alberta, Canada, in 2010.

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