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Staff - Division of Geography & Environmental Management

Dr Elias Symeonakis

Senior Lecturer in GIS and the Environment

I am a Remote Sensing and GIS scientist with a Master’s degree in GIS (University College London) and a PhD in Geography (King’s College London). Previously, I worked as a researcher or a lecturer in other institutions, such as the CSIRO (Australia), Royal Holloway, King’s College London, CGIAR/CIAT (Colombia), the University of Valencia (Spain) and the University of the Aegean (Greece). I have received funds for undertaking research in Europe, Africa, Australia and South America. More recently, I was awarded with a 4-year EU Marie Curie Career Integration Grant to carry out research in South Africa related with the monitoring of land degradation and desertification with the use of Earth Observation data.

Professional Highlights

  • FELLOWSHIPS / GRANTS 2014: EU Marie Curie Career Integration Grant (FP7) 2009: EU Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (FP7) 2005: EU FP6 Marie Curie Outgoing International Fellowship (FP6) 2005: The Ministry of Education (Greece) 2002: EU Marie Curie Individual Fellowship (FP5) 2001: The British Council 1999: United Nations Development Project (UNDP) 1998: King's College London 1995: The Greek Foundation of State Scholarships (I.K.Y.)

Management Responsibilities

  • Timetabling for the Division of Geography and Environmental Management
  • Unit Coordinator (Undergraduate Geography and Environmental Management Network): 6F4Z3004 Spatial Methods
  • UNIGIS Postgraduate distance learning course: MSc Projects supervisor

Web sites

Contact

Email:


e.symeonakis@mmu.ac.uk

Tel:
+44 (0)161 2471587

Room:
E410a

Teaching Specialisms

  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Remote Sensing Applications
  • Spatial Data Analysis

Contact

Email:
e.symeonakis@mmu.ac.uk

Tel:
+44 (0)161 2471587

Room:
E410a

Research Interests

  • Mapping, monitoring and modelling of land use/cover change with Earth observation data and GIS
  • Land degradation and desertification in African and Mediterranean environments
  • Current & Recent Projects
  • 2014-1018: EU FP7 'LanDDApp'
  • 2009-2013: EU FP7 'COMPASS'
  • 2005-2008: EU FP6 'Monitoring Land Use'
  • 2002-2004: EU FP5 'Land Use Change and Land Degradation in Mediterranean Agricultural Systems'

Selected Publications

Symeonakis, E., P. A. Caccetta, J. F. Wallace, E. Arnau-Rosalen, A. Calvo-Cases S. Koukoulas. (2015). "Multi-temporal Forest Cover Change and Forest Density Trend Detection in a Mediterranean Environment." Land Degradation & Development, DOI: 10.1002/ldr.2405

Higginbottom, T. P. and Symeonakis, E. 2014. Assessing Land Degradation and Desertification Using Vegetation Index Data: Current Frameworks and Future Directions. Remote Sensing 6 (10), 9552-9575. DOI:10.3390/rs6109552

Symeonakis, E. and Higginbottom, T. P. 2014. Bush encroachment monitoring using multi-temporal Landsat data and random forests. Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XL-2, 29-35. doi:10.5194/isprsarchives-XL-2-29-2014.

Symeonakis, E., Karathanasis, N., Koukoulas, S. and Panagopoulos, G. 2014. Monitoring sensitivity to land degradation and desertification with the ESAI methodology: the case of Lesvos island. Land Degradation & Development DOI: 10.1002/ldr.2285

Payne, R. and Symeonakis, E. 2012. The spatial extent of tephra deposition and environmental impacts from the 1912 Novarupta eruption. Bulletin of Volcanology 74 (10) , pp. 2449-2458.

Symeonakis, E., Caccetta, P. A., Koukoulas, S., Furby, S. and Wallace, J. F., 2012. Multi-temporal land use change mapping applied to the Mediterranean island of Lesvos (Greece). International Journal of Remote Sensing, 33(13), 4075-4093.

Symeonakis, E. and Drake, N., 2010. 10-daily Soil Erosion Modelling over sub-Saharan Africa. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 161, pp. 369-387. DOI: 10.1007/s10661-009-0754-7

Symeonakis, E., Bonifašio, R. and Drake., N., 2008. . A comparison of rainfall estimation techniques for sub-Saharan Africa. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 11(1), pp. 15-26.

Symeonakis, E., Calvo, A. and Arnau, E., 2007. Land Use Change and Land Degradation in Southeastern Mediterranean Spain. Environmental Management, 40, 80-94.

Symeonakis, E. Robinson, T. and Drake, N., 2007. GIS and Multiple-Criteria Evaluation for the Optimisation of Tsetse Fly Eradication Programmes. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 124, 89-103.

Symeonakis, E. and Drake, N., 2004. Monitoring Desertification and Land Degradation over Sub-Saharan Africa, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 25(3), 573-592.

Drake, N., Zhang, X., Symeonakis, E., Wooster, M. and Patterson, G. 2004. Near real-time modelling of regional scale soil erosion using AVHRR and meteosat data: A tool for monitoring the impact of sediment yield on the biodiversity of Lake Tanganyika. In Richard E.J. Kelly, Nicholas A. Drake and Stuart L. Barr (eds) Spatial Modelling of the Terrestrial Environment, Wiley, London. p.288.

Contact

Email:
e.symeonakis@mmu.ac.uk

Tel:
+44 (0)161 2471587

Room:
E410a