Dr Kay Smith

Dr Kay Smith Remote Sensing Geologist

Location: Edinburgh

Tel: 0131 6500 299

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  •  2011 –2013 : BGS Project Leader, EGIDA (FP7)
  •  2005 –Present : Remote Sensing Geologist (BGS)
  •  2005 –2005 : Spatial Data Manager (CEH) Extraction of hardcopy spatial data and creation of digital EO data archive
  •  2004 –2004 : Research Associate (Unversity of Durham) Determination of forest parameters, wind-throw mapping and habitat mapping from LiDAR and EO data
  •  2003 –2004 : Research Associate (University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne) Palaeochannel mapping in the Vale of York: ALSF-funded project
  •  1999 –2003 : PhD. University of Durham "Airborne Thermography and Ground Geophysical Investigation for Detecting Shallow Ground Disturbance under Vegetation"
  •  1998 –1999 : MSc (Distinction). University of Dundee "Remote Sensing, Image Processing and Applications"
  •  1992 –1996 : BSc (Hons) Geology. University of Edinburgh

Boards and committees

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

Current projects and collaboration

  • MOLA, THEMIS, CRISM, HiRISE data processing, manipulation and interpretation for Mars geoscience
  • Scotland Digital Stereo Aerial Photography data manager
  • SocetSet expertise for Geoscientists

Research interests

  • Digital geological mapping
  • Thermal Hyperspectral Earth Observation

Professional association

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


  • ENVI, ERDAS Imagine, ER Mapper, NERC ARSF (azgcorr & azexhdf) for remote sensing data visualisation, manipulation and interpretation
  • GIS (ArcGIS)
  • Image acquisition, processing and interpretation (Landsat, ASTER, SPOT, MODIS, LiDAR, Thermal and Hyperspectral Eagle and Hawk data)
  • Programming in UNIX, IDL, HTML, C++
  • Stereo and 3D using SocetSet, Geovisionary, Socet GXP and Agisoft PhotoScan Pro