Dr Pete Bunting

PhD BEng

Profile

Pete Bunting is a Reader in Remote Sensing within the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences (DGES). He original joined the department in 2004 when he undertook his PhD, lectured from 2017-2011 before working for Landcare Research, NZ, returning in 2012. Prior to joining the department he undertook his undergraduate degree in Computer Science, also at Aberystwyth University.

 

Teaching

Research

Dr Bunting's research is concerned with the computational processing of spatial data, primarily for the mapping of land surfaces & biophysical attributes both in terms of their current state & as they change through time using remotely sensed (terrestrial, airborne & spaceborne) & ancillary GIS data, to inform policy & understand the processes of change. In particular, his research involves the development of new & automated techniques for information retrieval from image & 3D point cloud datasets.

Much of his research has been combined within a group of open source software libraries (RSGISLib - https://www.rsgislib.org & SPDLib; http://www.spdlib.org; KEALib: http://www.kealib.org; ARCSI https://arcsi.remotesensing.info). Key results include the:

  • Produced the first global automated classifications of mangrove forest extent and change from satellite imagery using a globally consistent methodology as part of the global mangrove watch (https://www.globalmangrovewatch.org).
  • Developed the SPD software library which is the first of its kind to support operational processing of the latest full waveform & multispectral LiDAR datasets.
  • Developed the RSGISLib software which is used globally by many others for the processing of remotely sensed and GIS data.

Currently work is focused on improving global mangrove mapping, extending methods to other forest types and the estimation of biomass change globally as part of the CCI Biomass project.

 

Research Groups

Publications

Worthington, TA, zu Ermgassen, PSE, Friess, DA, Krauss, KW, Lovelock, CE, Thorley, J, Tingey, R, Woodroffe, CD, Bunting, P, Cormier, N, Lagomasino, D, Lucas, R, Murray, NJ, Sutherland, WJ & Spalding, M 2020, 'A global biophysical typology of mangroves and its relevance for ecosystem structure and deforestation', Scientific Reports, vol. 10, no. 1, 14652. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-71194-5
Bennett, G, Hardy, A, Bunting, P, Morgan, P & Fricker, A 2020, 'A transferable and effective method for monitoring continuous cover forestry at the individual tree level using UAVs', Remote Sensing, vol. 12, no. 13, 2115. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs12132115
Thomas, N, Neigh, CSR, Carroll, ML, McCarty, JL & Bunting, P 2020, 'Fusion approach for remotely sensed mapping of agriculture (FARMA): A scalable open source method for land cover monitoring using data fusion', Remote Sensing, vol. 12, no. 20, 3459. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs12203459
Planque, C, Punalekar, S, Lucas, R, Chognard, S, Owers, CJ, Clewley, D, Bunting, P, Sykes, H & Horton, C 2020, Living Wales: Automatic and routine environmental monitoring using multi-source earth observation data. in K Schulz, U Michel & KG Nikolakopoulos (eds), Earth Resources and Environmental Remote Sensing/GIS Applications XI., 115340C, Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, vol. 11534, SPIE, Earth Resources and Environmental Remote Sensing/GIS Applications XI 2020, Virtual, Online, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 21 Sep 2020. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2573763
Lymburner, L, Bunting, P, Lucas, R, Scarth, P, Alam, I, Phillips, C, Ticehurst, C & Held, A 2020, 'Mapping the multi-decadal mangrove dynamics of the Australian coastline', Remote Sensing of Environment, vol. 238. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2019.05.004
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