Computational Modelling Group

Robin Wilson

Research Fellow
Geography (FSHS)
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BSc Geography, University of Southampton (2007-2010) - First Class

Fellow of the Software Sustainability Institute

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

I am currently a Research Fellow in Geography & Environment at the University of Southampton. My research is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and I am focusing on improving methods for monitoring air quality from satellite data.

During my PhD I developed a novel technique to monitor particulate matter air pollution from satellites at over 100,000 times the level of detail that was previously possible. This data can then be used for a variety of applications including monitoring air pollution, atmospherically correcting satellite images, and as inputs to climate models. More details are available here.

I do a lot of programming as part of my work, and have released a number of pieces of software, including a Python interface to the 6S Radiative Transfer Model (see here), extensions for ENVI and ArcGIS, as well as libraries for IDL. For more about my research software see my Github profile, and my Depsy profile which states that I'm in the 91st percentile of impact for my research software.

I also maintain a list of Free GIS Data on my website, which currently lists over 300 sources of freely available data - everything from global land cover to terrorist incidents, and irrigated lands maps to building footprints. The site receives around 300 visits per day, and has received attention from a number of organisations including English Heritage, the US National Centre for Geoinformation and others.

I am interested in teaching, and have taken the Postgraduate Induction to Learning and Teaching course, which has provided me with recognition from the Higher Education Academy at Associate Fellow level. I provide teaching support for undergraduate and MSc modules, and have run a number of other training courses including a Software Carpentry Boot Camp.

Far more details about me are available on my academic website (, where you can also find source-code for software I have written.

Working with...

Joanna Nield
Senior Lecturer, Geography (FSHS)
Jason Noble
Research Fellow, Electronics and Computer Science (FPAS)

Joint projects with...

Edward Milton
Professor, Geography (FSHS)
Joanna Nield
Senior Lecturer, Geography (FSHS)

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