Grantham Scholar Matt Hethcoat has been presented with an award at the National Centre for Earth Observation’s Annual Science Conference.
Matt, who began his Grantham Centre PhD in October last year, was given the prize for Best Oral Presentation by an Early Career Scientist at the conference in Warwick.
His talk was part of a session on the carbon cycle, and was titled ‘Challenges of detecting low intensity selective logging with medium resolution imagery’. Matt said:
“I was really pleased the talk was so well received. I presented on a problem we’ve been trying to tackle, and how we’ve had limited success. Afterward, we had some useful discussions with other researchers who offered a few suggestions and ideas for the future.”
For his PhD, Matt is looking at how satellite data can be used to measure deforestation and forest degradation. Matt is jointly supervised by Professor Shaun Quegan in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sheffield, Dr David Edwards in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences and Dr Robert Bryant in the Department of Geography.