Dr Kay Smith

Remote sensing geoscientist
BGS Edinburgh

Kay Smith’s Biography

Research interests

  • Analysis of thermal radiance measurements (FLIR T650sc) and calculation of thermal inertia 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
  • Calibration and analysis of thermal satellite imagery for geoscience applications
  • Photogrammetric generation of 3D point cloud data from stereo oblique photography for geological mapping of vertical/near-vertical faces


  • Westhead, K., Smith, K., Campbell, E., Colenutt, A., & McVey, S. (2015) Pushing the boundaries: integration of multi-source digital elevation model data for seamless geological mapping of the UK’s coastal zone. Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 105(04), 263-271
  • Vye-Brown, C, Crummy, J., Smith, K., Mruma, A. & Kabelwa, H. (2014) Volcanic hazards in Tanzania. British Geological Survey Open File Report, OR/14/005. 38pp.
  • Howard, A.J., Whyman, M.H., Challis, K. and McManus, K. (2009) Studying and managing archaeological resources on a regional scale: the Vale of York Visibility Project. In: McManamon, F.P., Stout, A. and Barnes, J. (ed.) Managing Archaeological Resources: Global Context, National Programmes, Local Actions. Left Coast Press, California, pp. 139-155. ISBN 9781598743111s
  • 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
  • Howard, A.J., Whyman, M., Challis, K. and McManus, K.B. (2008) Recent work on the geomorphological and archaeological landscape of the Vale of York. In: Atherden, M. and Milsom, T. (eds) Yorkshire Landscapes Past and Present. PLACE, York, pp 69-76. ISBN 9780955342400


  • Hyperspectral and multispectral optical image acquisition, processing and interpretation
  • Data integration, digital mapping and interpretation in GIS (ArcGIS)
  • ENVI, ERDAS Imagine, ER Mapper, NERC ARSF (azgcorr, azexhdf, APLGUI) for data visualisation, manipulation and interpretation
  • Photogrammetric point cloud and orthophoto generation in AgiSoft PhotoScan Pro
  • 3D visualisation using GeoVisionary and SocetSet
  • UAV surveying with optical and thermal image acquisition
  • Programming in UNIX, IDL, HTML, C++

Professional associations

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

Boards and committees

  • 2012 – ongoing: Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc) Technical Programmes Coordinator
  • 2015 – ongoing: Scottish Government Remote Sensing Working Group and LiDAR Technical Group

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