Claire Neil

Claire is a Research Fellow at the University of Stirling where her research specialises in the development of remote sensing algorithms for water quality assessment in optically complex waters including lakes, estuaries and coastal zones. She has particular interest in adapting remote sensing technologies to monitor inland and coastal waters from a regulatory standpoint to enable UK regulators and industry to fully exploit the advantages that Earth Observation can offer for comprehensive water quality monitoring. This is the primary focus of her NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship funded by Satellite Application Catapult which aims to develop satellite remote sensing as an official data resource for systematic monitoring and assessment of water quality.

Claire has over 10 years’ experience in EO and has dedicated her working life to improving our understanding of some of the Earth’s most complex environmental systems. Her expertise includes underwater optical modelling, radiative transfer physics, image/signal processing and algorithm development. Having completed a PhD in Environmental Optics at the University of Strathclyde, Claire undertook a CNES Research Fellowship at Laboratoire d’océanographie de Villefranche (LOV) in the South of France. She returned to Scotland in 2013 where she took up a position of Data Analyst and Modeller at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. It was here that her interest in developing satellite applications for end-users grew and she has since focussed her research on generating algorithms capable of accurately estimating water quality parameters in UK lakes and reservoirs.

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