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Dr. Samantha Lavender
Reader in Geomatics, Marine Institute / SEOES
Portland Square A403, University of Plymouth, UoP/ARGANS,
Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA

Phone: +44 (0)1752 232460

Samantha has over 15 years research experience, and is Reader in Geomatics at the University of Plymouth (UoP) and Managing Director of ARGANS Limited. Her research interests have focused primarily on the quantitative remote sensing of water bodies using their colour signature. Often called ocean colour, it’s used to quantify and concentrations and behaviour of what’s dissolved or suspended by modelling the optical properties.

Research extends from the movement of sediments in the coastal zone to phytoplankton in the open ocean. Both topics link to wider issues, such as climate change, as remote sensing is an important monitoring tool. Through the UoP Geomaticsresearch group this links into Geographical Information Systems and coastal zone management. Recent community activities have also included the NERC Centre for observation of Air-Sea Interactions and fluXes (CASIX) Centre of Excellence and ESA GlobColour  project; demonstrating an Earth Observation based service.

She is also a council member for the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetric Society and, at an international level, chair of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Working Group VIII.6 (Coastal Zones Management, Ocean Colour and Ocean State Forecasting) and a committee member on the International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group.