Dr Kay Smith

Dr Kay Smith

Remote Sensing Geologist

Location: Edinburgh

Tel: 0131 6500 299

E-mail Dr Kay Smith



  • Hyperspectral and multispectral image acquisition, processing and interpretation from: Landsat, ASTER, SPOT, MODIS, LiDAR, FLIR, Hyperion, AisaEAGLE and AisaHAWK
  • ENVI, ERDAS Imagine, ER Mapper, NERC ARSF (azgcorr, azexhdf, APLGUI) for data visualisation, manipulation and interpretation
  • Data integration, digital mapping and interpretation in GIS (ArcGIS)
  • 3D visualisation using GeoVisionary and SocetSet
  • Programming in UNIX, IDL, HTML, C++
  • Photogrammetric point cloud and orthophoto generation in AgiSoft PhotoScan Pro

Research interests

  • Analysis of thermal radiance measurements (FLIR T650sc) and calculation of thermal inertia in glacial environments for determining sub-surface structural and compositional variability
  • Generation of seamless multi-source, multi-resolution, multi-temporal DEM for enhancing digital geological mapping across the onshore-nearshore-offshore environment
  • Photogrammetric generation of 3D point cloud data from stereo oblique photography for geological mapping of vertical/near-vertical faces
  • Calibration and analysis of thermal satellite imagery for monitoring the evolution of volcanic eruption(s)

Boards and committees

  •  2012 – ongoing : Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc) Technical Programmes Coordinator

Professional association

  •  2000 – ongoing : Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc)

Published outputs

  • D.A. Gunn, S.H. Marsh, A.D. Gibson, G.J. Ager, K.B. McManus & S. Caunt (2008) Remote thermal IR surveying to detect abandoned mineshafts in former mining areas. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology. 08/2008; 41(3):357-370. DOI: 10.1144/1470-9236/07-204