Dr Gail Millin-Chalabi

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Overview

Gail Millin-Chalabi is the GIS and Remote Sensing Technical Specialist for SEED. She leads the development of a Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) for The University of Manchester to enhance geospatial teaching and research by managing the use of the Esri cloud environment ArcGIS Online for geospatial distance learning and ArcGIS Pro for advanced geospatial analysis. In addition, via the Geospatial Technical Community Blackboard space Gail provides essential geospatial technical support for the School of Environment, Education and Development. Gail's interest for SDI development originates from her previous work experience at Mimas developing the national Earth Observation service Landmap and working on the Earthquake Hazards Team at the USGS.

Gail is also a Co-I Researcher of the 4 year NERC funded Towards a UK fire danger rating system project leading WP1: Fuel Mapping - landscape scale to local fuel structure. Her research interests are in the application of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) for burn scar detection, characterisation and recovery in UK moorland and heathland environments. Gail has also combined her expertise in burn scar characterisation with SAR and SDI development to develop the start-up company EnviroSAR Ltd. which received support by UMIP/Manchester Business School, Innovation Optimiser Award /Momentum Programme and the EU Copernicus Masters Accelerator Programme funded by the Satellite Applications Catapult.

Biography

Professional Experience

Jan 2020 - Dec 2023: Co-I Researcher - Towards a UK fire danger rating system: Understanding fuels, fire behaviour and impacts. NERC NE/T003553/1.

May 2016 - Present: GIS and Remote Sensing Technical Specialist, School of Environment, Eduation and Development, The University of Manchester.

Jan 2015 - May 2016: Lecturer in Remote Sensing, School of Environment, Education and Development, The University of Manchester.

Aug 2014 - Dec 2014: eLearning Technologist, Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, The University of Manchester.

Jan 2014 - Jul 2014: Geodata R&D Officer (Museum Augmented Reality & Visualisation), Mimas, Learning, Teaching & Professional Services (LTaPS).

Aug 2005 - Dec 2013: European Space Agency Category 1 Project Co-Investigator - Monitoring the UK with ASAR and MERIS (C1P2999)

Aug 2005 - Dec 2013: Geodata Services Development Officer - Landmap Service, Mimas, The University of Manchester.

Feb 2005 - Jul 2005: Geodata Interoperability Support Officer - Mimas, The University of Manchester.

Apr 2004 - Jan 2005: GIS Scientist (Earthquake Hazard Program) - United States Geological Survey

 

Education

2009 - 2016: P/T PhD Physical Geography, School of Environment, Education and Development, The University of Manchester.

2002 - 2003: MSc. Environmental  Monitoring, Modelling and Reconstruction, School of Geography, The University of Manchester.

1999 - 2002: BSc. (Hons) Geography, School of Geography, The University of Manchester.

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  • 2016 - Doctor of Philosophy, Radar Multi-Temporal and Multi-Sensor Approach to Characterise Peat Moorland Burn Scars and Assess Burn Scar Persistence in the Landscape, The University of Manchester (2009 - 2016)
  • 2003 - Master of Environmental Science, Evaluation of Geospatial Data to Characterise Upland Water Vole Arvicola terrestris Habitat at Grains in the Water and Swains Greave in the Peak District, Derbyshire , The University of Manchester (2002 - 2003)
  • 2002 - Bachelor of Science, Geography, The University of Manchester (1999 - 2002)

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