Gareth Rees

Gareth Rees heads the Polar Landscapes and Remote Sensing group at the Scott Polar Research Institute. The core activity of this group is, at present, the development and application of spaceborne and airborne methods for monitoring vegetation at high latitudes. The focus of this activity is currently the Russian boreal forest, in a collaborative project with British Antarctic Survey, the Geography Faculty of Moscow State University, and the Institutes of Geography and of Space Science of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Other scientific activities of the group include development and application of remote sensing methods to other polar phenomena (ice, snow, and animals at high latitudes). The development of new technologies using UAVs is a particular interest, being pursued in collaboration with the Arctic University of Norway as well as with GF MSU and IG RAS.

Gareth Rees
Scott Polar Research Institute

Recent(ish) publications:
• Guo, W. and Rees, W.G. (2019) Altitudinal forest-tundra ecotone categorization using texture-based classification. Remote Sensing of Environment 232 111312
• Teleti, P.R., Rees, W.G., Dowdeswell, J.A. and Wilkinson, C. (2019) A historical Southern Ocean climate dataset from whaling ships’ logbooks. Geoscience Data Journal 00:1-11
• Marshall, G.J., Kivinen, S., Jylhä, K., Vignols, R.M. and Rees, W.G. (2018). The accuracy of climate variability and trends across Arctic Fennoscandia in four reanalyses. Int. J. Climatology. Doi 10.1002/joc.5541, pp 1-18.
• Rees, W.G., Brown, J.A., Fretwell, P.T. and Trathan, P.N. (2017). What colour is penguin guano? Antarctic Science 29 (5), 417-425.
• Marshall, G.J., Vignols, R.M. and Rees, W.G. (2016). Climate Change in the Kola Peninsula, Arctic Russia, during the last 50 years from meteorological observations. J. Climate 18 6823-6840
• Pope, A., Willis, I.C., Pálsson, F., Arnold, N.S., Rees, W.G., Björnsson, H. and Grey, L. (2016) Elevation change, mass balance, dynamics and surging of Langjökull, Iceland from 1997 to 2007. J. Glaciol. Doi 10.1017/jog.2016.55, pages 1-15.
• Pope, E.L., Willis, I.C., Pope, A., Miles, E.S., Arnold, N.S. and Rees, W.G. (2016) Contrasting snow and ice albedos derived from MODIS, Landsat ETM+ and airborne data from Langjökull, Iceland. Remote Sensing of Environment 175 183-195.
• Kasimov, N.S., Golubeva, E.I., Lurie, I.K., Zimin, M.V., Samsonov, T.E., Tutubalina, O.V., Rees, W.G., Mikheeva, A.I., Alyautdinov, A.R. (2015) Библиотека спектральных характеристик географических объектов в структуре Геопортала МГУ. Vestnik Moskovskogo Universiteta. Seriya 5: Geografiya (3-8)
• Trofaier, A M and Rees, W.G. (2015) The suitability of using ASTER GDEM2 for terrain-based extraction of stream channel networks in a lowland Arctic permafrost catchment. Fennia 193 66-73.
• Swirad, Z.M. and Rees, W.G. (2015) Geomorphometric analysis of a rocky coastline: an example from Hornsund, Svalbard. International Journal of Remote Sensing doi 10.1080/13658816.2015.1061131 (24 pp)
• Pope, A., Rees, W.G., Fox, A.J. and Fleming, A. (2014) Open access data in cryospheric remote sensing. Remote Sensing 6 6183-6220.
• Pope, A. and Rees, W.G. (2014). Impact of spatial, spectral and radiometric properties of multispectral imagers on glacier surface classification. Remote Sensing of Environment 141 1-13.
• Trofaier, AM, Bartsch, A., Rees, W.G. and Leibman, M.O. (2013) Assessment of spring floods and surface water extent over the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District. Environmental Research Letters 8 045026 (9 pp)
• Hofgaard, A., Tømmervik, H., Rees, G and Hanssen, F. (2013). Latitudinal forest advance in northernmost Norway since the early 20th century. J. Biogeography 40 938-949.
• Rees, W.G. (2013). Physical principles of Remote Sensing (third edition). Cambridge University Press. (441 pp.)