Dr Angela Harris

Senior Lecturer in Geography (Remote Sensing)

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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, UAV and satellite imagery.


BSc (Cardiff), M.Sc. (Glamorgan), PhD (Sheffield)

Education, Qualifications and Career

2017 - Senior Lecturer in Remote Sensing, Department of Geography. School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester

2010 - 2016 - Lecturer in Remote Sensing, School of Environment, Education and Development (Geography) University of Manchester

2005-2010 - Lecturer in Remote Sensing, School of Geography, University of Southampton

2001- 2004 - PhD ""The potential of remote sensing as a tool for the measurement of near-surface hydrological conditions in northern peatlands", University of Sheffield

2000-2001 - Research Assistant, School of Architecture, University of Wales, Cardiff

1999-2000 MSc Environmental Conservation Management, University of Glamorgan 

1996-1999 - BSc(Hons) Marine Geography, University of Wales, Cardiff

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.

External positions

NERC Field Spectroscopy Facility steering committee

1 May 2017 → …

Chair of Education and Training Committee, Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society

1 Dec 2015 → …

Areas of expertise

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