Rebecca Charnock

Technical Business Development Officer
Photograph of Rebecca Charnock.


Office: Research, Business & Innovation, Lower Ground Floor, Visualisation Centre, Penglais
Phone: +44 (0)1970 628788


To support the development of the Welsh space sector by identifying the needs and opportunities available to support it with particular emphasis on the commercial downstream satellite applications sector in Wales.


  • Connecting academic expertise with Welsh businesses and organisations.
  • Enabling companies to pull through knowledge and skills to create new technologies and develop new products and services.


Rebecca Charnock joined RB&I as a Technical Business Development Officer in 2015 on a Knowledge Exchange Fellowship programme sponsored by the Satellite Applications Catapult and the UK Space Agency.

Rebecca Charnock has over 20 years of combined experience in areas of agricultural research, environmental monitoring, remote sensing and GIS.  Her recently completed PhD research sponsored by Welsh Government and Ecology Matters Ltd. and focused on developing a methodology for classifying vegetation and invertebrate biodiversity within protected sites. This methodology integrated remote sensing data, satellite and aerial imagery (UAV) along with field data to produce vegetation maps and fauna habitat suitability models.  

Prior to this she has worked on a number of other research projects using and developing methods using downstream satellite applications.  These have included a European funded project ‘Biodiversity Multi-Source Monitoring System’ (BIOSOS), to create a system for monitoring Natura 2000 sites and Interoperable Geographic information for Biosphere Study (IGIBS) which aimed to improve the connection between the UK’s National Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) and the UK’s Academic SDI.

Previous research work in the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research (IGER, now IBERS, Aberystwyth University) has focused on agricultural plant breeding, an area now developing into one of the major areas within the downstream satellite applications sector.

Staff Publications

Harris A, Charnock R, Lucas, R. M. (2015), Hyperspectral Remote Sensing of Peatland Floristic Gradients. Remote Sensing of Environment.

Lucas R, Blonda P, Bunting P, Jones G,  Inglada J, Arias M, Kosmidou V, Petrou Z, Manakos I, Adamo M, Charnock R, Tarantino C, Mücher,C, Jongman, Kramer R, Arvor D, Honrado P, and Mairota P. (2014), The Earth Observation Data for Habitat Monitoring (EODHaM) System. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation

Mairota P, Boccaccio L, Cafarelli B, Labadessa R, Leronni V, Blonda P, Lovergine F, Pasquariello G, Honrado J, Lucas R, Charnock R, Bailey M, Nagendra H, Niphadkar M, Kosmidou V. (2012), D6.4 Landscape pattern analysisBIO_SOS Project Report Deliverable 6.4.

Driver, T. and Charnock, R., (2001). Prehistoric flint finds from Plas Gogerddan, near Aberystwyth, Ceredigion. Studia Celtica XXXV (2001).

Cresswell, A., Sackville Hamilton, N. R., Thomas, H. and Charnock, R. B.,1997. Evidence for Root Contraction in White Clover. Annals of Botany.

Kemball, W. D., Sackville Hamilton, N. R., Charnock, R. B., 1997.  The Importance of Clonal Integration Along a White Clover Stolon for Foraging Within a Heterogeneous Environment. Journal of Ecology.

Charnock, R. B. and Cresswell, A., 1996. The effect of Competition in Grass/Clover Seedling Establishment. Pasture Ecology and Animal Intake EU Concerted Action Report 1996.

Kemball, W. D., Sackville Hamilton, N. R., Charnock, R. B., 1996. Population Dynamics of White Clover Stolons in Clover Rich Patches. BGS Occasional Symposium no. 30.