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Amy Woodget

Post-doctoral Researcher and Lecturer (Geography)

Institute of Science & the Environment

Contact Details

email: a.woodget@worc.ac.uk

tel: 01905 542441

I am a researcher and lecturer within the Geography department, with broad interests in the environmental applications of remote sensing and GIS. I joined the University in 2011 as a PhD student, and have been in my current post-doc role since 2015.

My research focusses on exploring novel methods, which make use of small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) and structure-from-motion photogrammetry (SfM), for quantifying a range of physical habitat parameters within river systems. My aim is to investigate whether these emerging techniques hold value as a tool for robust, reliable, routine assessments of river habitat. I am a trained and CAA licensed pilot for sUAS, and have used a variety of platforms for data collection, including the rotary-winged Draganflyer X6, an Allsopp SkyShot helikite and a variety of traditional kites. I have conducted fieldwork at a number of sites in the UK and abroad (including Chile), and worked on collaborative projects with colleagues from the Universities of Concepcion (Chile), Durham (UK), Bath Spa (UK), Cranfield (UK), the Institute for Water (Slovenia) and the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust (UK).

I teach on the BSc Geography and Physical Geography degree courses, which currently includes running lectures and practical sessions for modules such as Geographical Information Systems and Applied GIS and Remote Sensing. I also deliver introductory sessions on GIS and remote sensing for a number of local high schools in Worcestershire and Birmingham, in my role as a STEMNET ambassador. I sit on the Council of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc) as a co-opted member, and have previously organised the RSPSoc Annual Wavelength Conference (2014) for students and early-career professionals.

Prior to joining the University, I worked as a GIS and remote sensing specialist within the engineering geomorphology team at Ch2m Hill (formerly Halcrow). During my research masters, I also gained experience in the use of airborne LiDAR for commercial forest growth assessments, in conjunction with the Forestry Commission.

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Courses:
BSc Geography
BSc Physical Geography

Modules:
GEOG2113 Geographical Information Systems
GEOG3114 Applied GIS and Remote Sensing

Research Interests:
sUAS and SfM for fluvial habitat assessment and monitoring
Airborne lidar for environmental change detection
GIS and spatial data analysis

Funding & Awards

Funding & Awards

2015

  • British Hydrological Society Travel Grant: £750 to attend ISE Symposium, Melbourne, Australia
  • ISPRS Summer School Place Awarded: “Close range sensing techniques in Alpine terrain”, University of Innsbruck, Austria (unable to attend due to serious illness)

2013

  • EGU Summer School Place Awarded: “Understanding earth-surface processes in the alpine environment from high resolution topography”, University of Padua, Italy
  • Geological Remote Sensing Group Student Award: £750 for UAV/TLS fieldwork with Bath Spa University

2012

  • British Hydrological Society Travel Grant: £700 to attend AGU Fall Meeting     
  • Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society Travel Grant: £250 to attend AGU Fall Meeting
  • EU Gfg2 GNSS Summer School Place Awarded: Nottingham
  • British Society for Geomorphology Fieldwork Grant: £800 for fieldwork on San Pedro River, Chile
  • Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society Travel Grant: £80 to attend RSPSoc Student Meeting

2009

  • RGS GIScience Research Group Dissertation Prize: MSc thesis

2007

  • ISPRS Summer School Place Awarded: Laser Scanning, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Publications

Publications

Selected Recent Publications:

Woodget, A.S., Visser, F., Maddock, I.P. and Carbonneau, P. (2016) Quantifying fluvial substrate size using hyperspatial resolution UAS imagery and SfM-photogrammetry. 11th International Symposium on Ecohydraulics, 7-12 February 2016, Melbourne, Australia.

Woodget, A.S., Carbonneau, P.E., Visser, F. and Maddock, I.P. (2015) Quantifying submerged fluvial topography using hyperspatial resolution UAS imagery and structure from motion photogrammetry. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 40 (1): 47-64

Moore, R., Rogers, J., Woodget, A. and Baptiste, A. (2010) Climate change impact on cliff instability and erosion. Proceedings of the Environment Agency/DEFRA Flood and Coastal Management Conference, Telford, 2010

Woodget, A.S., Donoghue, D.M.N. and Carbonneau, P. (2007) An assessment of airborne LiDAR for forest growth studies. Ekscentar 10: 47-52

Selected Conferences, Invited talks, Workshops & Training:

2015

  • Environment Agency River Science Workshop (Wallingford, 17 September) Invited speaker: ‘Quantifying physical river habitat parameters using a UAS-SfM approach’
  • Institution of Environmental Sciences Regional Event (Manchester Met. University, 22 June) Invited speaker: ‘Drones for environmental research? Taking a closer look at physical river habitat’

2014

  • RSPSoc Annual Conference (Aberystwyth, 2-5 September) Oral presentation: ‘Hyperspatial UAS imagery and SfM photogrammetry for quantifying fluvial topography’
  • UAVs for Environmental Monitoring Course (Cranfield University, 7-11 July) Invited speaker: ‘UAVs for freshwater ecosystem monitoring: Interpretation of results’
  • European Geophysical Union General Assembly (Vienna, 27 April-2 May) Poster presentation: ‘Quantifying fluvial topography using UAS imagery and SfM-photogrammetry’
  •  UAVs Workshop at the British Geological Survey (BGS Keyworth, 10 April) Invited speaker: ‘Quantifying fluvial topography and substrate size using a UAS-SfM approach’
  •  RSPSoc Wavelength Conference (Great Malvern, 11-14 April) – Conference convenor. Oral presentation: ‘Quantifying fluvial grain size using high resolution UAS imagery and structure from motion’

2013

  • RSPSoc Annual Conference (Glasgow, 4-6 September) Oral presentation: ‘High resolution remote sensing from a UAS for assessing fluvial topography’
  • Remote Sensing from Small UAVs Workshop (University of Worcester, 4 July) – Conference convenor. Oral presentation: ‘High resolution remote sensing from a UAS for assessing fluvial topography’
  • British Hydrological Society National Meeting (University of Birmingham, 17 April) Poster presentation: ‘High resolution remote sensing from a UAV for quantifying fluvial topography’

2012

  • American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting (San Francisco, 3-7 December) Poster presentation: ‘High resolution remote sensing of water surface patterns’     
  • UAS Flight Training (Air2Air, London, January) CAA approved ‘Basic National UAS Certificate’ for flying small UAS (BNUC-S)
Education

Education

Education

PhD ‘Quantifying physical river habitat parameters using high resolution UAS imagery and SfM photogrammetry’ (University of Worcester, 2015)

MSc by research ‘An assessment of the use of airborne LiDAR for estimating growth of Sitka Spruce plantation forestry at Kielder Forest, UK’ (University of Durham, 2007)

BSc (Hons) Geography, 1st class (University of Durham, 2006)

Membership of Professional Bodies

Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc): member and co-opted Council member
British Society for Geomorphology (BSG): member
British Hydrological Society (BHS): member