Dr Pete Bunting

PhD BEng

Dr Pete Bunting


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Dr. Pete Bunting is a senior lecturer within the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences (DGES). He joined the department in 2004 when he undertook his PhD and in 2007 received a lectureship in remote sensing. Prior to joining the department he undertook his undergraduate degree in Computer Science, also at Aberystwyth University.

### Responsibilities * Head of the Earth Observation and Ecosystem Dynamics Laboratory * Coordinate of MSc's in Remote Sensing * Member of Research and Strategy Committee * CPD and Short Course Coordinatorpiw1



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 - http://www.rsgislib.org & SPDLib; http://www.spdlib.org). Key results include the development of the SPD software library which is the first of its kind to support operational processing of the latest full waveform & multispectral LiDAR datasets. Also algorithms for the automated delineation of tree crowns from high-resolution remotely sensed data & their classification to species. The develoment of an algorithm for automated image-to-image registration of multi-modal remotely sensed data has allowed the fusion of airborne hyperspectral & LiDAR data for the calculation of component biomass of individual trees, among other applications.

More recently work has concentrated on the application of airborne LiDAR data for the classification of vertical stand structure & texture analysis of optical data for the segmentation & classification of land surface patterns & structures. Dr Bunting has also been a key member of the team which used optical spaceborne remote sensing data to map the vegetation habitats of Wales at a resolution of 5 m (in collaboration with Environment Systems Ltd & National Resources Wales) considered to be the first wide scale production of a habitat map from remotely sensed

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Mapping Mangrove Extent and Change: A Globally Applicable ApproachThomas, N., Bunting, P., Lucas, R., Hardy, A., Rosenqvist, A. & Fatoyinbo, T. 2018 In : Remote Sensing.10, 9, 1 p., 1466
Enhancing digital surface models for hydraulic modelling using flood frequency detectionEttritch, G., Hardy, A., Bojang, L., Cross, D., Bunting, P. & Brewer, P. 2018 In : Remote Sensing of Environment.217, p. 506-52216 p.
Management of mangrove ecosystems for increasing fisheries production in Lubuk Kertang village, North Sumatra, IndonesiaFitri, A., Basyuni, M., Wati, R., Sulistiyono, N., Slamet, B., Harahap, Z. A., Balke, T. & Bunting, P. 2018 In : AACL Bioflux.p. 1252-126413 p.
Monitoring the coastal zone using earth observation: application of linear spectral umixing to coastal dune systems in WalesEttritch, G., Bunting, P., Jones, G. A. & Hardy, A. 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation.
Assessing the applicability of terrestrial laser scanning for mapping englacial conduitsKamintzis, J. E., Jones, J. P. P., Irvine-Fynn, T., Holt, T., Bunting, P., Jennings, S. J. A., Porter, P. R. & Hubbard, B. 2018 In : Journal of Glaciology.64, 243, p. 3748 p.
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