Rebecca Charnock is a Technical Business Development Officer at Aberystwyth University. This is a Knowledge Exchange Fellowship position jointly funded by Catapult, UK Space Agency and Aberystwyth University. This project seeks to support the development of the Welsh space sector by identifying the needs and opportunities available to support it with particular emphasis on identifying and supporting the development of the commercial downstream satellite applications sector in Wales.
Rebecca Charnock has over 20 years of combined experience in areas of agricultural research, environmental monitoring, remote sensing and GIS. Her recently completed PhD research focused on developing a methodology for classifying vegetation and invertebrate biodiversity within protected sites. This methodology integrated remote sensing data, satellite and aerial imagery (UAV) along with field data to produce vegetation maps and fauna habitat suitability models. Her PhD was sponsored by Welsh Government and Ecology Matters Ltd.
Prior to this she has worked on a number of other research projects using and developing methods using downstream satellite applications. These have included a European funded project ‘Biodiversity Multi-Source Monitoring System’ (BIOSOS), to create a system for monitoring Natura 2000 sites and Interoperable Geographic information for Biosphere Study (IGIBS) which aimed to improve the connection between the UK’s National Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) and the UK’s Academic SDI.
Previous research work in the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research (IGER, now IBERS, Aberystwyth University) has focused on agricultural plant breeding, an area now developing into one of the major areas within the downstream satellite applications sector.