Lecturer
Geography
University College Cork
Cork
Ireland

T: +353 (0)21 4902707
E: f.cawkwell@ucc.ie

For many years Fiona has been interested in the use of satellite imagery for monitoring short and long term changes on planet Earth. This interest has led her to undertake fieldwork in places as diverse as Greenland, the Canadian Arctic, the Chilean Andes, and English saltmarshes. She has looked at clouds, at ice and snow, at habitats and biodiversity and at volcanic ash... the linking factor being that all are elements of the Earth System and all are either vulnerable to environmental change and/or are drivers of such change.

When not getting cold and dirty in the field, she can be found sitting at her desk looking at satellite images of these phenomena and many others besides, and in recent years her interest has turned more towards changing vegetation patterns in Ireland. In this context Fiona has been Principal Investigator on two EPA funded projects, most recently TaLAM which is exploring ways of mapping change in large upland areas as well as integrating other datasets for national landcover mapping. The Irish Land Mapping Observatory, which focused on mapping grasslands for the purpose of carbon accounting within the Irish landscape was completed in 2014.

She also has a passion for sharing her interest with others and is heavily involved in teaching remote sensing at undergraduate and postgraduate level at UCC, she convened an international conference on the subject at UCC in September 2010, and she is on the Council of the UK Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society as well as being one of the founding members of the Irish Earth Observation Symposium series. Fiona co-supervises several PhD students and co-ordinates the 12 month taught MSc in GIS and Remote Sensing.

Research Interests

Fiona has had a long interest in all aspects of Geoinformatics and their application to environmental issues. Her PhD studies focused on the role of clouds in controlling the radiation balance of the Greenland ice sheet, and how changes in cloud cover with changes in climate may result in variations in melt and runoff. The glaciological theme was continued into postdoctoral studies based in Canada, using imagery to map and monitor the changing ice extent in the Canadian High Arctic. Fieldwork in the Arctic was undertaken in support of the CryoSat calibration and validation project. Upon accepting a lectureship in Remote Sensing at University College Cork, her environmental applications of satellite imagery have moved towards a vegetation and coastal theme, although 5 months spent as a visiting scientist in Chile in 2009 allowed her to re-engage with glaciological and climate related issues. Fiona's long term aim is to develop a Centre of Excellence in Earth Observation and Visualisation at UCC, promoting research and education in this field.

Fiona is the leader of the Geoinformatics Research Cluster in the School of the Human Environment, a group that comprises staff members and postgraduate students from across the Departments of Geography and Archaeology, as well as researchers from the Coastal and Marine Resources Centre with whom the research cluster has very strong links. Current research topics within the Remote Sensing cohort of the group include mapping Irish agricultural regions, notably grassland areas, using a variety of spectral and spatial resolutions; using microwave sensing for forestry applications; the potential offered by unmanned aerial vehicles; terrestrial laser scanning of coastal processes; atmospheric phenomena from imagery... and more!

Fiona also convened the 2010 Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society annual conference in Cork, and sits on the Council of that Society. She was also one of the founders of the Irish Earth Observation Symposium series, a forum for those across the island of Ireland to meet and share developments in the discipline.

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
Earth Observation for Saltmarsh MonitoringForeign Research Institute01-DEC-0631-MAR-09€83,235.00
EPA 'Cloud Cover & Radiation Balance Changes Over Ireland Due to Aircraft Induced Contrails'Environment Protection Agency (EPA)07-JAN-0807-JAN-12€79,750.00
EPA - Can Geoinformatics be used to predict the Coastal Response to 21st Century Climate change?Environment Protection Agency (EPA)01-OCT-0830-JUL-09€95,000.00
Friends of the Irish Environment"Industrial Peat Extraction Scoping Project"Irish Funded Research01-SEP-0931-OCT-10€14,758.00
The Irish Land Mapping Observatory (ILMO_ - Mapping and Monitoring Land Cover, use and change.Environment Protection Agency (EPA)01-NOV-1131-JUL-14€201,745.00
Development of a satellite driven grass growth index to inform national monthly grassland production maps for IrelandTeagasc01-OCT-1230-SEP-15€65,500.00
DAFF 11/C/205 ; Additions and refinements to the Irish Forest carbon accounting and reporting tool.Department of Agriculture Fisheries & Forestry (DAFF)01-DEC-1231-DEC-16€199,549.00
Toward Landcover Accounting and Monitoring.Environment Protection Agency (EPA)01-MAY-1431-DEC-15€167,801.00

Book Chapters

YearPublication
(2014)'Recent glacier changes in the Canadian Arctic'
Sharp, M., Burgess, D.O., Cawkwell, F., Copland, L., Davis, J.A., Dowdeswell, E.K., Dowdeswell, J.A., Gardner, A.S., Mair, D., Wang, L., Williamson, S.N., Wolken, G. J. and Wyatt, F. (2014) 'Recent glacier changes in the Canadian Arctic' In: Global Land Ice Measurements from Space: Satellite Multispectral Imaging of Glaciers. USA: Praxis-Springer. [Details]
(2014)'First glacier inventory of Isla de Tierra del Fuego and adjacent islands in Southern Chile, and recent glacier variations'
Bown, F., Rivera, A., Zenteno, P., Bravo, C. and Cawkwell, F. (2014) 'First glacier inventory of Isla de Tierra del Fuego and adjacent islands in Southern Chile, and recent glacier variations' In: Global Land Ice Measurements from Space: Satellite Multispectral Imaging of Glaciers. USA: Praxis-Springer. [Details]
(2014)'Quality in the GLIMS Database'
Raup, B.H., Khalsa, S.J.S., Armstrong, R., Sneed, W.A., Hamilton, G.S., Paul, F., Cawkwell, F., Beedle, M.J., Menounos, B., Wheate, R., Rott, H., Liu, S., Li, X., Shangguan, D., Cheng, G., Kargel, J.S., Larsen, C.F., Molnia, B.F., Kincaid, J.L., Klein, A., and Konovalov V. (2014) 'Quality in the GLIMS Database' In: Satellite Multispectral Imaging of Glaciers. USA: Praxis-Springer. [Details]
(2014)'Mapping Blue Ice Areas and Crevasses in West Antarctica using ASTER images, GPS and Radar Measurements'
Rivera, A., Cawkwell, F., Wendt, A. and Zamora, P. (2014) 'Mapping Blue Ice Areas and Crevasses in West Antarctica using ASTER images, GPS and Radar Measurements' In: Global Land Ice Measurements from Space: Satellite Multispectral Imaging of Glaciers. USA: Praxis-Spinger. [Details]
(2011)'Hypsometry'
Rivera, A., Cawkwell, F., Rada, C. and Bravo, C. (2011) 'Hypsometry' In: Encyclopedia of Snow, Ice and Glaciers. The Netherlands: Springer-Verlag. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearPublication
(2015)'Temporal optimisation of image acquisition for land cover classification with Random Forest and MODIS time-series'
Nitze, I., Barrett, B., Cawkwell, F. (2015) 'Temporal optimisation of image acquisition for land cover classification with Random Forest and MODIS time-series'. International Journal Of Applied Earth Observation And Geoinformation, 34 :136-146 [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'Assessment of multi-temporal, multi-sensor radar and ancillary spatial data for grasslands monitoring in Ireland using machine learning approaches'
Barrett, B., Nitze., I., Green, S., Cawkwell, F. (2014) 'Assessment of multi-temporal, multi-sensor radar and ancillary spatial data for grasslands monitoring in Ireland using machine learning approaches'. Remote Sensing of Environment, 152 :109-124 [DOI] [Details]
(2013)'The implications of cloud cover for vegetation seasonality monitoring across the island of Ireland using the MERIS Global Vegetation Index (MGVI)'
O’Connor, B. Dwyer, E, Cawkwell, F. (2013) 'The implications of cloud cover for vegetation seasonality monitoring across the island of Ireland using the MERIS Global Vegetation Index (MGVI)'. Irish Geography, 46 (1-2):25-49 [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'Spatio-temporal patterns in vegetation start of season across the island of Ireland using the MERIS Global Vegetation Index'
O'Connor, B,Dwyer, E,Cawkwell, F,Eklundh, L (2012) 'Spatio-temporal patterns in vegetation start of season across the island of Ireland using the MERIS Global Vegetation Index'. Isprs Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 68 :79-94 [DOI] [Details]
(2009)'Mass balance of the Prince of Wales Icefield, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada'
Mair, D,Burgess, D,Sharp, M,Dowdeswell, JA,Benham, T,Marshall, S,Cawkwell, F; (2009) 'Mass balance of the Prince of Wales Icefield, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada'. Journal of Geophysical Research-Earth Surface, 114 [DOI] [Details]
(2008)'Spatial and temporal variability in the snowpack of a High Arctic ice cap: implications for mass change measurements;'
Bell , C., Mair, D., Burgess, D., Sharp, M., Demuth, M., Cawkwell, F., Bingham, R. and Wadham, J.; (2008) 'Spatial and temporal variability in the snowpack of a High Arctic ice cap: implications for mass change measurements;'. Annals of Glaciology, [Details]
(2007)'On the glaciers of Bylot Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada'
Dowdeswell, E.K., Dowdeswell, J.A. and Cawkwell, F.; (2007) 'On the glaciers of Bylot Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada'. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research, 39 (3):402-411 [Details]
(2002)'The impact of cloud cover on the net radiation budget of the Greenland ice sheet'
Cawkwell, F.G.L. and Bamber, J.L.; (2002) 'The impact of cloud cover on the net radiation budget of the Greenland ice sheet'. Annals of Glaciology, 34 (*):141-149 [Details]
(2001)'Determination of cloud top amount and altitude at high latitudes'
Cawkwell, F.G.L., Bamber, J.L. and Muller, J-P.; (2001) 'Determination of cloud top amount and altitude at high latitudes'. Geophysical Research Letters, 28 (9):1675-1678 [Details]

Other Journals

YearPublication
(2009)'Five Minutes to Midnight? Ireland and Climate Change, K. Hickey; Irish Geography (in press)'
Cawkwell, F; (2009) 'Five Minutes to Midnight? Ireland and Climate Change, K. Hickey; Irish Geography (in press)' . [Details]
(2007)'The disappearing snows of Kilimanjaro: Crossing the border of irreversible environmental change?'
Cawkwell, F.G.L.; (2007) 'The disappearing snows of Kilimanjaro: Crossing the border of irreversible environmental change?' Chimera, 22 :125-139. [Details]
(2004)'Book Review – Variability of Air Temperature and Atmospheric Precipitation in the Arctic'
Cawkwell, F.G.L.; (2004) 'Book Review – Variability of Air Temperature and Atmospheric Precipitation in the Arctic' The Holocene, 14 :316-*. [Details]

Conference Publications

YearPublication
(2014)IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium
Ali, I., Cawkwell, F., Dwyer, E. and Green, S. (2014) Application of statistical and machine learning models for grassland yield estimation based on a hypertemporal satellite remote sensing time series IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium [Details]
(2014)European Space Agency (ESA) Sentinel-2 for Science Workshop
Cawkwell, F., Nitze, B. and Barrett, B. (2014) On lessons learned from Remote Sensing of Irish grasslands, and potential for Sentinel-2 data European Space Agency (ESA) Sentinel-2 for Science Workshop [Details]
(2013)European Space Agency Living Planet Symposium
Nitze, I., Barrett, B., Cawkwell, F., Green, S. (2013) Inventory assessment of grasslands in Ireland using hyper-temporal optical data European Space Agency Living Planet Symposium [Details]
(2013)European Space Agency Living Planet Symposium
Barrett, B., Nitze, I., Green, S., Cawkwell, F. (2013) Improving grassland inventories in Ireland - the contribution of multi-temporal radar data European Space Agency Living Planet Symposium [Details]
(2010)European Space Agency Living Planet Symposium
Whelan, G., Cawkwell, F., Mannstein, H. and Minnis, P. (2010) Contrails and climate change: an investigation of the role of aviation-induced-cloudiness on the Irish climate using AATSR imagery European Space Agency Living Planet Symposium [Details]
(2010)European Space Agency Living Planet Symposium
O’Connor, B., Dwyer, N. and Cawkwell, F. (2010) On a methodology to extract a start of season metric from time series of reduced resolution MERIS global vegetation index data European Space Agency Living Planet Symposium [Details]
(2008)SPIE Europe Remote Sensing
Whelan, G. M. and Cawkwell, F. (2008) A review of satellite remote sensing of aircraft-induced contrails and investigation of their potential role in regional climate change SPIE Europe Remote Sensing [Details]
(2008)SPIE Europe Remote Sensing
O’Connor, B. A., Dwyer, N. and Cawkwell, F. (2008) Satellite remote sensing as a tool for monitoring vegetation seasonality SPIE Europe Remote Sensing [Details]
(2007)3rd EARSeL Workshop on the Coastal Zone
Cawkwell, F., Dwyer, N., Bartlett, D., Ameztoy, I. and O'Connor, B. (presented by N. Dwyer); (2007) Saltmarsh Habitat Classification from Satellite Imagery . In: * eds. 3rd EARSeL Workshop on the Coastal Zone Bolzano, Italy, , 07-JUN-07 - 30-DEC-99 , pp.*-* [Details]
(2003)IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium Proceedings
Cawkwell, F.G.L . and Bamber, J.L.; (2003) Evaluation of a stereo-derived cloud cover record for the Greenland ice sheet IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium Proceedings [Details]

Published Reports

YearPublication
(2010)Industrialised Peat Extraction Scoping Project: Final report on the Use of Remote Sensing to Evaluate the Potential of Identifying Exposed and Vegetated Peatlands in the Republic of Ireland.
Fiona Cawkwell, Ned Dwyer and Rory Scarrott (2010) Industrialised Peat Extraction Scoping Project: Final report on the Use of Remote Sensing to Evaluate the Potential of Identifying Exposed and Vegetated Peatlands in the Republic of Ireland. Friends of the Irish Environment, Online. Globe icon [Details]

Conference Contributions

YearPublication
(2014)Frontiers in Earth Observation for Land System Science (A joint workshop of the EARSeL SIG LULC and the NASA LCLUC Science Team),
Nitze, I., Barrett, B., Green, S., Cawkwell, F. (2014) Inventory assessment of grassland in Ireland using hyper-temporal optical data. [Poster Presentation], Frontiers in Earth Observation for Land System Science (A joint workshop of the EARSeL SIG LULC and the NASA LCLUC Science Team), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany , 17-MAR-14 - 18-MAR-14. [Details]
(2014)Frontiers in Earth Observation for Land System Science (A joint workshop of the EARSeL SIG LULC and the NASA LCLUC Science Team),
Barrett, B., Nitze, I., Cawkwell, F., Green, S. (2014) Assessment of multi-temporal, multi-frequency radar and ancillary spatial data for routine grassland monitoring. [Poster Presentation], Frontiers in Earth Observation for Land System Science (A joint workshop of the EARSeL SIG LULC and the NASA LCLUC Science Team), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany , 17-MAR-14 - 18-MAR-14. [Details]
(2013)ESA Living Planet Symposium 2013,
Nitze, I., Barrett, B., Cawkwell, F., Green, S., Hallahan, P. (2013) Inventory assessment of Grasslands in Ireland using hyper-temporal optical data. [Poster Presentation], ESA Living Planet Symposium 2013, Edinburgh, United Kingdom , 09-SEP-13 - 13-SEP-13. [Details]
(2012)Irish Earth Observation Symposium,
Barrett, B. W., Nitze, I., Cawkwell, F. (2012) Land cover mapping in Ireland using multi-temporal SAR data. [Oral Presentation], Irish Earth Observation Symposium, Dublin Institute of Technology , 01-NOV-12 - 02-NOV-12. [Details]
(2012)Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc),
Cawkwell, F., Barrett, B., Nitze, I., Green, S., Dwyer, N. (2012) Irish Land Mapping Observatory (ILMO). [Poster Presentation], Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc), University of Greenwich, London, UK , 12-SEP-12 - 14-SEP-12. [Details]
(2011)Irish Earth Observation Sympoisum,
Fiona Cawkwell, Alan Royston (2011) Land cover mapping with open source machine learning classifiers. [Oral Presentation], Irish Earth Observation Sympoisum, Wexford, Ireland , 17-NOV-11 - 18-NOV-11. [Details]
(2011)ENVIRON 2011 - Towards 2020: Environmental challenges and opportunities for the next decade,
Scarrott, R.G., O' Connor, B., Dwyer, N., Cawkwell, F. (2011) Characterising landcover using vegetation seasonality profiles determined from satellite imagery. [Oral Presentation], ENVIRON 2011 - Towards 2020: Environmental challenges and opportunities for the next decade, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland , 06-APR-12 - 08-APR-12. [Details]
(2011)European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2011,
O' Connor, B., Scarrott, R., Dwyer, N., Cawkwell, F. (2011) Land Surface Phenology in Ireland: a multi-sensor perspective. [Poster Presentation], European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2011, Vienna, Austria , 03-APR-12 - 08-APR-12. [Details]
(2011)Irish Earth Observation Symposium 2011,
Scarrott, R.G., O' Connor, B., Dwyer, N., Cawkwell, F. (2011) Characterising landcover using vegetation seasonality profiles determined from satellite imagery. [Oral Presentation], Irish Earth Observation Symposium 2011, Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford, Republic of Ireland , 17-NOV-11 - 18-NOV-11. [Details]
(2010)ESA Living Planet Symposium,
Whelan, G., Cawkwell, F.; (2010) Contrails and climate change: an investigation of the role of aviation-induced-cloudiness on the Irish climate using AATSR imagery. [Oral Presentation], ESA Living Planet Symposium, Bergen , 28-JUN-10 - 02-JUL-10. [Details]
(2010)ESA Living Planet Symposium,
O'Connor, B., Dwyer, N., Cawkwell, F.; (2010) On a methodology to extract a start of season metric from time series of reduced resolution MERIS global vegetation index data. [Oral Presentation], ESA Living Planet Symposium, Bergen , 28-JUN-10 - 02-JUL-10. [Details]
(2010)UK Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society,
Cawkwell, F., Dwyer, N., Scarrott, R.; (2010) Mapping and monitoring Irish peatlands using satellite imagery. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], UK Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society, Cork , 01-SEP-10 - 03-SEP-10. [Details]
(2009)UK Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society,
Cawkwell, F., ; (2009) An evaluation of snow cover mapping in Central Chile from multiple image sources. [Oral Presentation], UK Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society, Leicester , 09-SEP-09 - 11-SEP-09. [Details]
(2008)UK Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society,
O'Connor, B., Dwyer, N., Cawkwell, F.; (2008) Satellite remote sensing as a tool for monitoring vegetation seasonality. [Oral Presentation], UK Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society, Falmouth , 10-SEP-08 - 12-SEP-08. [Details]
(2007)Irish Earth Observation Symposium,
Cawkwell, F., Dwyer, N., Bartlett, D., O'Connor, B.; (2007) Mapping and monitoring the saltmarsh habitats of Morecambe Bay, North-West England. [Oral Presentation], Irish Earth Observation Symposium, Dublin , 14-NOV-07 - 14-NOV-07. [Details]
(2007)CoastGIS'07,
Cawkwell, F., Bartlett, D., Dwyer, N., Ameztoy, I. and O'Connor, B. (presented by D. Bartlett); (2007) A Geoinformatics Approach to Mapping and Monitoring Saltmarsh Vegetation in North-West England. [Oral Presentation], CoastGIS'07, Santander, Spain , 08-OCT-07 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(2006)CRYSYS annual meeting,
Cawkwell, F.G.L.; (2006) The contribution of the Global Land Ice Measurements from Space (GLIMS) program to mapping changes in glacier area and volume in the Queen Elizabeth Islands, Canada. [Oral Presentation], CRYSYS annual meeting, Toronto, Canada , 06-FEB-06 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(2006)GLIMS Workshop,
Cawkwell, F.G.L.; (2006) The contribution of the Global Land Ice Measurements from Space (GLIMS) program to mapping changes in glacier area and volume in the Queen Elizabeth Islands, Canada. [Oral Presentation], GLIMS Workshop, Cambridge, UK , 17-AUG-06 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(2006)International Glaciological Society conference on the Cryosphere as an Indicator of Climate Change,
Cawkwell, F.G.L., Sharp, M.J. and Copland, L.; (2006) Shrinkage of Small Ice Masses in the Canadian High Arctic, 1960-2000. [Oral Presentation], International Glaciological Society conference on the Cryosphere as an Indicator of Climate Change, Cambridge, UK , 21-AUG-06 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(2005)CRYSYS annual meeting,
Cawkwell, F.G.L.; (2005) GLIMS contributions to understanding changes in the ice masses of the Canadian Arctic. [Oral Presentation], CRYSYS annual meeting, Kananaskis, Canada , 10-MAR-05 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(2005)35th International Arctic Workshop,
Cawkwell, F.G.L.; (2005) A tale of two ice caps; environmental drivers of glaciological changes on the Manson and Agassiz Ice Caps in Arctic Canada. [Oral Presentation], 35th International Arctic Workshop, Edmonton, Canada , 15-MAR-05 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(2004)AGU Fall Meeting,
Cawkwell, F.G.L.; (2004) Variability of Decimetre and Centimetre Scale Ice Surface Roughness and the Potential Consequences on the CryoSat Radar Altimeter Signal. [Oral Presentation], AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, USA , 10-DEC-04 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(2004)34th Annual International Arctic Workshop,
Sharp, M.J. and Cawkwell, F.G.L.; (2004) Recent changes in the ice caps and glaciers of Canada’s Arctic islands. [Oral Presentation], 34th Annual International Arctic Workshop, Boulder, USA , 26-MAR-04 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(2004)International Glaciological Society conference on Arctic Glaciology,
Cawkwell, F.G.L.; (2004) Calibration and validation of the CryoSat radar altimeter: field studies on the Devon Ice Cap, 2004. [Poster Presentation], International Glaciological Society conference on Arctic Glaciology, Geilo, Norway , 24-AUG-04 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(2004)GLIMS workshop,
Cawkwell, F.G.L.; (2004) Comparing two Canadian Arctic ice caps. [Oral Presentation], GLIMS workshop, San Francisco, USA , 08-DEC-04 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(2004)International Glaciological Society conference on Arctic Glaciology,
Cawkwell, F.G.L.; (2004) Environmental drivers of glaciological change on the Manson Icefield, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada. [Oral Presentation], International Glaciological Society conference on Arctic Glaciology, Geilo, Norway , 24-AUG-04 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(2003)EGS-AGU-EUG,
Cawkwell, F.G.L.; (2003) A comparison of modelled Arctic surface fluxes from different cloud datasets. [Poster Presentation], EGS-AGU-EUG, Nice, France , 28-MAR-03 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(2003)IEEE IGARSS,
Cawkwell, F.G.L.; (2003) Evaluation of a stereo-derived cloud cover record for the Greenland ice sheet. [Oral Presentation], IEEE IGARSS, Toulouse, France , 25-JUL-03 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(2002)BB-IGS,
Cawkwell, F.G.L.; (2002) The implications for mass balance modelling of incorrectly parameterising cloud cover. [Oral Presentation], BB-IGS, Glasgow, UK , 02-SEP-02 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(2001)International Glaciological Society conference on Remote Sensing for Polar Regions,
Cawkwell, F.G.L.; (2001) The impact of cloud cover on the net radiation budget of the Greenland ice sheet. [Oral Presentation], International Glaciological Society conference on Remote Sensing for Polar Regions, Washington D.C., USA , 02-JUN-01 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(2000)EGS,
Cawkwell, F.G.L.; (2000) The sensitivity of a radiation balance model to cloud cover over the Greenland ice sheet. [Poster Presentation], EGS, Nice, France , 25-MAR-00 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(2000)BB-IGS,
Cawkwell, F.G.L.; (2000) Contribution of cloud cover to radiation fluxes over the Greenland ice sheet. [Oral Presentation], BB-IGS, Southampton, UK , 15-SEP-00 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(1999)EGS,
Cawkwell, F.G.L.; (1999) Cloud top extent and height over the Greenland ice sheet using ATSR-2 data. [Poster Presentation], EGS, The Hague, Netherlands , 27-MAR-99 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(1999)BB-IGS,
Cawkwell, F.G.L.; (1999) Towards the mass balance of the Greenland ice sheet from satellite remote sensing. [Oral Presentation], BB-IGS, Aberystwyth, UK , 25-SEP-99 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Royal Geographical Society Fellow/
Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society Council Member and Chair of Membership Committee02-SEP-10 /

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
Bristol University Lecturer01-JAN-01 / 01-JAN-03
Edmonton, western Canada postdoctoral research01-JAN-03 / 01-JAN-05
UCC Geography Department Lecturer01-JAN-06 / 01-JUN-10

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
1997Edinburgh University BSCBSc in Geography
1998University College London MScMSc in Remote Sensing
2003Bristol University, England PHDcontribution of cloud cover to the radiation budget of the Greenland Ice Sheet

Teaching Interests

Fiona's main teaching interests are in remote sensing and the use of satellite imagery for different environmental applications. She also teaches quantitative research methods, physical geography and contemporary geographical issues in environmental geography. 

Fiona is the co-ordinator for the BSc Geography degree, and in alternate years the co-ordinator for the BSc Earth Science degree (shared with Geology). Fiona is also one of the co-ordinators of the MSc Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing. 

Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2017Sarah Kandrot University College CorkPHDThe monitoring and modelling of the impacts of storms under sea-level rise on a breached coastal dune-barrier system
2016Iftikhar Ali University College CorkPHDRetrieval of Grassland Biophysical Parameters using Multitemporal Optical and Radar Satellite Data

Current Postgraduate Students

 StudentDegree Type
Balaji Preethi Doctoral Degree
Green Stuart Doctoral Degree

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2017Introduction to Remote Sensing GG6502Introduction to Remote Sensing
2017Environmental Remote Sensing GG3041Environmental Remote Sensing
2017Introduction to Geoinformatics GG2037Introduction to Geoinformatics
2017Research Project GG4008Research Project
2017Earth Science Literature Review ER3052Earth Science Literature Review
2017Geography Literature Review GG3052Geography Literature Review