Andrew Gray

Andrew Grey
Operations Manager
the NERC Field Spectroscopy Facility (FSF)

I study the ecology and biogeochemistry of Polar environments using field-based methods, drones and satellites. My interest in this area started during my Masters and PhD (both at the University of Sheffield) where I investigated glacial biogeochemistry in Svalbard and Greenland. I then discovered remote sensing and went on to map snow algal biomass across Antarctica on a project based out of the University of Cambridge.

Alongside research, I manage operations at the NCEO Field Spectroscopy Facility based at the University of Edinburgh, where we provide free-at-the-point-of-delivery equipment and training to UK-based researchers. This means I keep up to date with state of the art earth observation equipment and methodologies, and have exposure to a variety of different remote sensing projects, from agricultural applications to geological mapping.


Gray, A., Krolikowski, M., Fretwell, P. et al. Remote sensing reveals Antarctic green snow algae as important terrestrial carbon sink. Nature Communications11,2527(2020).

James, K.; Nichol, C.J.; Wade, T.; Cowley, D.; Gibson Poole, S.; Gray, A.; Gillespie, J. Thermal and Multispectral Remote Sensing for the Detection and Analysis of Archaeologically Induced Crop Stress at a UK Site.Drones2020,4,61