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Geographical Information Systems; Remote Sensing Applications; Spatial Data Analysis
I am a Remote Sensing and GIS scientist with a Master’s degree in GIS (University College London) and a PhD in Geography (King’s College London). Previously, I worked as a researcher or a lecturer in other institutions, such as the CSIRO (Australia), Royal Holloway, King’s College London, CGIAR/CIAT (Colombia), the University of Valencia (Spain) and the University of the Aegean (Greece). I have received funds for undertaking research in Europe, Africa, Australia and South America. More recently, I was awarded with a 4-year EU Marie Curie Career Integration Grant to carry out research in South Africa related with the monitoring of land degradation and desertification with the use of Earth Observation data.
University of the Aegean, Greece (Lecturer in Geographical Analysis)
CSIRO, Australia (post-doc fellow)
University of Valencia, Spain (post-doc fellow)
CIAT/CGIAR, Colombia (research assistant)
Royal Holloway, University of London, UK (AL)
Timetabling for the Division of Geography and Environmental ManagementUnit Coordinator (Undergraduate Geography and Environmental Management Network): 6F4Z3004 Spatial MethodsUNIGIS Postgraduate distance learning course: MSc Projects supervisor
Fluent in Greek, English and Spanish
Working knowledge of French
Mapping, monitoring and modelling of land use/cover change with Earth observation data and GIS Land degradation and desertification in African and Mediterranean environments Current & Recent Projects2014-1018: EU FP7 'LanDDApp' 2009-2013: EU FP7 'COMPASS' 2005-2008: EU FP6 'Monitoring Land Use' 2002-2004: EU FP5 'Land Use Change and Land Degradation in Mediterranean Agricultural Systems'
T. Higginbottom, I. Symeonakis, H. Meyer, S. van der Linden Mapping Woody Cover in Semi-arid Savannahs using Multi-seasonal Composites from Landsat Data. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.
I. Kougkoulos, SJ. Cook, V. Jomelli, L. Clarke, E. Symeonakis, et al. (2017). Use of multi-criteria decision analysis to identify potentially dangerous glacial lakes. The Science of the total environment.
I. Symeonakis, T. Higginbottom, K. Petroulaki, A. Rabe Optimisation of savannah land cover characterisation with optical and SAR data. International journal of applied earth observation and geoinformation : ITC journal.
E. Symeonakis, PA. Caccetta, JF. Wallace, E. Arnau-Rosalen, A. Calvo-Cases, et al. (2017). Multi-temporal Forest Cover Change and Forest Density Trend Detection in a Mediterranean Environment. Land Degradation and Development. 28(4), pp.1188-1198.
E. Symeonakis, N. Karathanasis, S. Koukoulas, G. Panagopoulos (2016). Monitoring Sensitivity to Land Degradation and Desertification with the Environmentally Sensitive Area Index: The Case of Lesvos Island. Land Degradation and Development. 27(6), pp.1562-1573.
E. Symeonakis, K. Petroulaki, T. Higginbottom (2016). Landsat-based woody vegetation cover monitoring in Southern African savannahs. The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences. 41, pp.563-567.
TP. Higginbottom, E. Symeonakis (2014). Assessing land degradation and desertification using vegetation index data: Current frameworks and future directions. Remote Sensing. 6(10), pp.9552-9575.
RJ. Payne, E. Symeonakis (2012). The spatial extent of tephra deposition and environmental impacts from the 1912 Novarupta eruption. Bulletin of Volcanology. 74(10), pp.2449-2458.
E. Symeonakis, P. Caccetta, S. Koukoulas, S. Furby, N. Karathanasis (2012). Multi-temporal land-cover classification and change analysis with conditional probability networks: the case of Lesvos Island (Greece). International Journal of Remote Sensing. 33(13), pp.4075-4093.
E. Symeonakis, N. Drake (2010). 10-Daily soil erosion modelling over sub-Saharan Africa. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 161(1-4), pp.369-387.
E. Symeonakis, R. Bonifaçio, N. Drake (2009). A comparison of rainfall estimation techniques for sub-Saharan Africa. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation. 11(1), pp.15-26.
F. Frattaruolo, L. Pennetta, M. Piccarreta, HN. Le Houérou, A. Marshall, et al. (2009). PLANTING TREES FOR THE RECLAMATION OF DESERT LANDS. Journal of Maps. 5(1), pp.117-125.
E. Symeonakis, A. Calvo-Cases, E. Arnau-Rosalen (2007). Land Use Change and Land Degradation in Southeastern Mediterranean Spain. Environmental Management. 40(1), pp.80-94.
E. Symeonakis, T. Robinson, N. Drake (2007). GIS and multiple-criteria evaluation for the optimisation of tsetse fly eradication programmes. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 124(1-3), pp.89-103.
E. Symeonakis, N. Drake (2004). Monitoring desertification and land degradation over sub-Saharan Africa. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 25(3), pp.573-592.
N. Drake, X. Zhang, E. Symeonakis, M. Wooster, G. Patterson, et al. (2005). Near Real-Time Modelling of Regional Scale Soil Erosion Using AVHRR and METEOSAT Data: A Tool for Monitoring the Impact of Sediment Yield on the Biodiversity of Lake Tanganyika. In: Spatial Modelling of the Terrestrial Environment. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, pp.157-174.
E. Symeonakis (2016). Modelling land cover change in a Mediterranean environment using Random Forests and a multi-layer neural network model. In: International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS). Beijing, China, 10/7/2016. pp.5464-5466.
E. Symeonakis, T. Higginbottom (2014). Bush encroachment monitoring using multi-temporal landsat data and random forests. In: International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences - ISPRS Archives. pp.29-35.
E. Symeonakis, PA. Caccetta, E. Arnau-Rosalen, JF. Wallace, A. Calvo-Cases (2008). MULTI-TEMPORAL WOODY PERENNIAL VEGETATION COVER CHANGE DETECTION. Mytilene, Greece, 1/6/2008.
E. Symeonakis, P. Caccetta, S. Furby, J. Wallace, S. Koukoulas (2007). Mapping land use change using conditional probability networks: A case study in the Mediterranean island of Lesbos. In: Proceedings, 32nd International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment: Sustainable Development Through Global Earth Observations.
E. Symeonakis, R. Bonifacio, N. Drake (2007). A comparison of number-of-rain-days estimation techniques for continental hydrological modelling. pp.4542-4545.
E. Symeonakis, S. Koukoulas, A. Calvo-Cases, E. Arnau-Rosalen, I. Makris (2004). A landuse change and land degradation study in Spain and Greece using remote sensing and GIS. In: International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences - ISPRS Archives. pp.553-558.
Convener of sessions at the European Geosciences Union
FELLOWSHIPS / GRANTS 2014:
EU Marie Curie Career Integration Grant (FP7)
2009: EU Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (FP7)
2005: EU FP6 Marie Curie Outgoing International Fellowship (FP6)
2005: The Ministry of Education (Greece)
2002: EU Marie Curie Individual Fellowship (FP5)
2001: The British Council
1999: United Nations Development Project (UNDP)
1998: King's College London
1995: The Greek Foundation of State Scholarships (I.K.Y.)