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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 (Visiting Scientist)
Royal Holloway, University of London, UK (AL)
Timetabling for the Division of Geography and Environmental Management
Co-Leader of the Environmental Change research group of the Ecology & Environment Research Centre (EERC)
UNIGIS Postgraduate distance learning course: MSc Projects supervisor
Fluent in Greek, English and Spanish
Working knowledge of French, Portuguese, Italian
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'
A. Smetanová, JP. Nunes, E. Symeonakis, E. Brevik, M. Schindelwolf, et al. (2019). GUEST EDITORIAL—SPECIAL ISSUE: Mapping and modelling soil erosion to address societal challenges in a changing world. Land Degradation and Development.
GN. Zaimes, D. Gounaridis, E. Symeonakis (2019). Assessing the impact of dams on riparian and deltaic vegetation using remotely-sensed vegetation indices and Random Forests modelling. Ecological Indicators. 103, pp.630-641.
TP. Higginbottom, NJ. Collar, E. Symeonakis, SJ. Marsden (2019). Deforestation dynamics in an endemic-rich mountain system: Conservation successes and challenges in West Java 1990–2015. Biological Conservation. 229, pp.152-159.
D. Gounaridis, I. Chorianopoulos, E. Symeonakis, S. Koukoulas (2019). A Random Forest-Cellular Automata modelling approach to explore future land use/cover change in Attica (Greece), under different socio-economic realities and scales. Sci Total Environ. 646, pp.320-335.
I. Kougkoulos, SJ. Cook, LA. Edwards, LJ. Clarke, E. Symeonakis, et al. (2018). Modelling glacial lake outburst flood impacts in the Bolivian Andes. Natural Hazards. 94(3), pp.1415-1438.
TP. Higginbottom, CD. Field, AE. Rosenburgh, A. Wright, E. Symeonakis, et al. (2018). High-resolution wetness index mapping: A useful tool for regional scale wetland management. Ecological Informatics. 48, pp.89-96.
J. Morrison, T. Higginbottom, E. Symeonakis, M. Jones, F. Omengo, et al. (2018). Detecting Vegetation Change in Response to Confining Elephants in Forests Using MODIS Time-Series and BFAST. Remote Sensing. 10(7), pp.1075-1075.
D. Gounaridis, E. Symeonakis, I. Chorianopoulos, S. Koukoulas (2018). Incorporating Density in Spatiotemporal Land Use/Cover Change Patterns: The Case of Attica, Greece. Remote Sensing. 10(7), pp.1034-1034.
E. Symeonakis Holding back the bushes: Earth Observation for monitoring and preventing land degradation. EU Research. pp.34-35.
I. Kougkoulos, SJ. Cook, V. Jomelli, L. Clarke, E. Symeonakis, et al. (2018). Use of multi-criteria decision analysis to identify potentially dangerous glacial lakes. Sci Total Environ. 621, pp.1453-1466.
E. Symeonakis, T. Higginbottom, K. Petroulaki, A. Rabe (2018). Optimisation of Savannah Land Cover Characterisation with Optical and SAR Data. Remote Sensing. 10(4), pp.499-499.
T. Higginbottom, E. Symeonakis, H. Meyer, S. van der Linden (2018). Mapping fractional woody cover in semi-arid savannahs using multi-seasonal composites from Landsat data. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. 139, pp.88-102.
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 & 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.
T. 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.
RJ. Payne, E. Symeonakis (2012). The spatial extent of tephra deposition and environmental impacts from the 1912 Novarupta eruption. Bulletin of Volcanology. pp.1-10.
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.
I. Symeonakis, T. Higginbottom (2019). Carbon Fertilisation is the Primary Driver of Shrub Encroachment in South African Savannahs. Milan, Italy, 13/5/2019.
I. Symeonakis, T. Higginbottom (2019). Pervasive Greening of African Savannahs from 1982 - 2016. Milan, Italy, 13/5/2019.
T. Higginbottom, I. Symeonakis (2019). Enhancing NDVI-Based Biomass Models Through Feature Selection and Spatiotemporal Cross-Validation. Milan, Italy, 13/5/2019.
I. Symeonakis, S. Veron, G. Baldi, S. Banchero, D. de Abelleyra, et al. (2019). Savannah land cover characterisation: a quality assessment using Sentinel 1/2, Landsat, PALSAR and PlanetScope. Milan, Italy, 13/5/2019.
I. Symeonakis, T. Higginbottom, N. Collar, S. Marsden (2018). Deforestation dynamics in an endemic-rich mountain system: conservation successes and challenges in West Java 1990-2015. Bern, Switzerland, 24/4/2019.
I. Symeonakis, A. Korkofigkas, G. Vamvoukakis, G. Stamou A deep-learning approach for multi-temporal savannah woody vegetation density assessment with Earth Observation data. Vienna, Austria, 7/4/2019.
T. Higginbottom, I. Symeonakis Downscaling GIMMS3g NDVI-based biomass predictions using empirical orthogonal teleconnections. Kyoto, Japan, 12/3/2019.
E. Arnau, C. Boix, I. Symeonakis, A. Calvo Soil surface spatial heterogeneity along hillslopes under inspection: a 1D approach. Almeria, Spain, 20/2/2019.
E. Arnau, A. Calsamiglia, A. Calvo, J. Estrany, I. Symeonakis Cartografía semi-automática de terrazas de cultivo a partir de datos LiDAR. Valencia, Spain, 20/6/2018.
I. Kougkoulos, S. Cook, L. Clarke, I. Symeonakis, L. Edwards, et al. Volumetric changes of glaciers in the Bolivian Andes between 1986 and 2017. In: Geophysical Research Abstracts. Vienna, Austria, 8/4/2018.
I. Kougkoulos, L. Clarke, S. Cook, J. Dortch, L. Edwards, et al. Glacial lake outburst flood risk in the Bolivian Andes. Vienna, Austria, 8/4/2018.
T. Higginbottom, N. Collar, I. Symeonakis, S. Marsden All forests are not equal: Quantifying the biodiversity value of remnant mountain forests in Java, Indonesia. Tshwane, South Africa, 8/5/2017.
I. Symeonakis, A. Marques-Mateu (2017). Optimisation of savannah fractional woody vegetation cover mapping using optical and radar data. Tshwane, South Africa, 8/5/2017.
T. Higginbottom, I. Symeonakis, H. Meyer Mapping fractional woody cover in semi-arid savannahs: data mining bulk-processed Landsat and ALOS PALSAR data. Tshwane, South Africa, 8/5/2017.
T. Higginbottom, I. Symeonakis (2017). Shrub Encroachment in South African Savannahs: a CO2 Fertilisation Effect?. Vienna, Austria, 23/4/2017.
I. Symeonakis, J. Brearley (2017). Assessing and monitoring soil erosion and environmental sensitivity in Malta. Vienna, Austria, 23/4/2017.
I. Kougkoulos, S. Cook, V. Jomelli, L. Clarke, I. Symeonakis Assessing glacial lake outburst flood risk. Vienna, Austria, 23/4/2017.
I. Symeonakis, J. Brearley Assessing and monitoring soil erosion and land degradation in Malta. Vienna, Austria,
T. Higginbottom, I. Symeonakis Distribution and drivers of woody cover change in Southern African savannahs, 1984-2014. Vienna, Austria, 23/4/2017.
I. Symeonakis, A. Marques-Mateu, K. Petroulaki, T. Higginbottom Savannah fractional woody vegetation cover mapping with optical and radar data and machine learning. Vienna, Austria, 23/4/2017.
I. Kougkoulos, S. Cook, V. Jomeli, L. Clarke, I. Symeonakis, et al. (2017). Remote assessment of glacial lake outburst flood risk using multi-criteria decision analysis. Vienna, Austria, 23/4/2017.
I. Symeonakis, K. Petroulaki, T. Higginbottom, A. Marques-Mateu Optimisation of regional scale woody vegetation cover mapping with optical, thermal and radar data. Frascati, Italy, 14/3/2017.
I. Symeonakis, K. Karantzalos, E. van den Berg, K. Kellner Ultra-high resolution sampling with UAVs for optimising fractional woody cover characterisations in dryland savannahs. Frascati, Italy, 14/3/2017.
I. Symeonakis, K. Petroulaki, T. Higginbottom (2016). Landsat-based woody vegetation cover monitoring in southern African savannahs. Prague, Czech Republic, 12/7/2016.
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.
I. Symeonakis, K. Petroulaki, T. Higginbottom, A. Marques-Mateu (2016). Optimisation of Woody Vegetation Cover Mapping with Optical, Thermal and Radar data.
I. Symeonakis, T. Higginbottom, K. Petroulaki Woody vegetation cover monitoring with multi-temporal Landsat data and Random Forests: the case of the Northwest Province (South Africa). Vienna, Austria, 17/4/2016.
I. Symeonakis (2015). Multi-temporal Soil Erosion Modelling over the Mt Kenya Region with Multi-Sensor Earth Observation Data. Vienna, Austria, 12/4/2015.
I. Symeonakis, WE. Harris (2015). Monitoring Land Degradation & Desertification in Lesvos Island with the ESAI & Multiway Data Analysis. Cancun, Mexico, 9/3/2015.
E. Symeonakis, T. Higginbottom (2014). Bush encroachment monitoring using multi-temporal Landsat data and random forests. In: ISPRS - International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences. Toronto, CANADA, 6/10/2014. pp.29-35.
T. Higginbottom, I. Symeonakis UNCOUPLING ANTHROPOGENIC AND CLIMATIC DRIVEN LAND DEGRADATION: AN APPLICATION OF GEOGRAPHICALLY WEIGHTED REGRESSION TO THE SAHEL. Quebec, Canada, 13/7/2014.
I. Symeonakis, WE. Harris Land degradation and desertification monitoring using a multivariate statistical approach. Vienna, Austria, 14/4/2014.
T. Higginbottom, I. Symeonakis Modelling precipitation and anthropogenic influence on vegetation productivity trends in the African Sahel. Matera, Italy, 3/6/2013.
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.
S. Koukoulas, AT. Vafeidis, G. Vafeidis, E. Symeonakis (2008). The role of spatial metrics on the performance of an artificial neural-network based model for land use change. In: International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences - ISPRS Archives. pp.1661-1665.
E. Symeonakis, N. Karathanasis, S. Furby, I. Gatsis (2008). Mapping post-olympics urban use change in the periphery of athens using multi-temporal pixel-based and segmentation techniques. In: International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences - ISPRS Archives. pp.1675-1680.
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.
E. Symeonakis, R. Bonifacio, N. Drake (2000). Validation of satellite and rain-gauge data for parameterising a soil erosion model for Sub-Saharan Africa. In: International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences - ISPRS Archives. pp.215-222.
T. Higginbottom, C. Field, R. Keane, A. Wright, L. Jones, et al. From Space to Eye Lens: Monitoring protected sites with Earth Observation: Combining field data with CASI and Sentinel imagery. Manchester Metropolitan University, Natural England.
N. Drake, M. Wooster, I. Symeonakis, X. Zhang Lake Tanganyika Biodiversity Project Special Study on Sediment Discharge and its Consequences: Soil Erosion Modelling in the Lake Tanganyika Catchment. , United Nations Development Programme/Global Environment Facility (UNDP/GEF) and executed by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).
I. Symeonakis (2018). Final Report: A Land Degradation and Desertification Appraisal System for South Africa (LanDDApp). , European Commission.
A. Vafeidis, H. Sterr, J. Hinkel, I. Symeonakis, E. Schnack, et al. (2013). Final Report Summary - COMPASS (Comparative Assessment of Coastal Vulnerability to Sea-Level Rise at Continental Scale). European Commission, European Commission.
N. Drake, M. Wooster, I. Symeonakis, X. Zhang (2000). Technical Report Number 5: SOIL EROSION MODELLING IN THE LAKE TANGANYIKA CATCHMENT. Global Environment Facility, United Nations Development Programme.
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.)