Will Simonson

Will Simonson
Senior Programme Officer, Climate change and Biodiversity Programme
UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre


My doctoral and post-doctoral work in the Forest Ecology and Conservation Group at Cambridge focused on the application of airborne lidar to study the structure, composition and ecosystem services (habitat quality, carbon storage) of woodlands in southern Iberia. This has led to a broader interest in remotely-sensed vegetation structural indicators of biodiversity. I am also interested in optical remote sensing for measuring land use land cover changes in Mediterranean and other landscapes, and linking this to conservation and restoration prioritization. At UNEP-WCMC I have been involved in a number of remote sensing initiatives including SWOS: Satellite-based Wetland Observation Service (a Horizon 2020 project).

Effect of Tree Phenology on LiDAR Measurement of Mediterranean Forest Structure
Satellite remote sensing of land cover change in a mixed agro-silvo-pastoral landscape in the Alentejo, Portugal doi:10.1080/01431161.2018.1440095
Modelling above-ground carbon dynamics using multi-temporal airborne lidar: insights from a Mediterranean woodland
Applications of airborne lidar for the assessment of animal species diversity
doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.12219