My Details

Julia Kelly smallJulia Kelly
Postgraduate Student

Physical Geography

Office number: Wallace 232a
Twitter: @JuliaGeographer

Research Group: Global Environmental Modelling and Earth Observation

Supervisors: Natascha Kljun (Swansea University), Xianghua Xie (Swansea University), Lars Eklundh (Lund University)



My Research

My PhD is exploring new ways of modelling carbon fluxes from boreal peatlands using close-range spectral data. I am investigating how to combine high spatial resolution UAV data with high temporal resolution data from fixed sensors in the ground. These data will produce dynamic maps of vegetation at my study site which can be used in conjunction with the Flux Footprint Prediction model (Kljun et al, 2015) to upscale measured carbon fluxes. My research is currently focused on using UAV and ground-based thermal cameras to understand how ecosystem surface temperature could be used as a driving variable to model carbon fluxes. The knowledge generated from this project will improve our ability to partition carbon fluxes measured by eddy covariance by shedding light on the relationship between ecosystem respiration and temperature. The project is carried out in close collaboration with colleagues from Lund University and Gothenburg University in Sweden. Currently the main field site for the project is a mire ecosystem at Skogaryd Research Catchment in Sweden, which is part of the SITES (Swedish Infrastructure for Ecosystem Science) network. 

Grants Awarded

  • Short Term Scientific Mission Grant (€1730) by EU Cost Action OPTIMISE for laboratory work at Lund University and fieldwork at Skogaryd Research Catchment testing UAV thermal camera.
  • Dudley Stamp Memorial Award (£500) from the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) for fieldwork at Skogaryd Research Catchment to perform ground-truthing and UAV and flights.



  • October 2016 – present: PhD candidate, Physical Geography, Swansea University, UK
  • 2014 – 2016: MSc Physical Geography and Ecosystem Analysis, Lund University, Sweden
  • 2010 – 2013: BA (Hons) Geography, University of Cambridge, UK


  • 2013 – 2014: Programme Assistant in Conventions and Policy Support, UNEP-WCMC (United Nations Environment Programme – World Conservation Monitoring Centre), Cambridge, UK