Robert McNabb


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  • Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

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Research Interests

Remote sensing is an incredible tool that can be used to study the natural world, from landscape changes on enormous scales to estimating populations of different animals, including polar bears, penguin colonies, and seals. My main research interest is in using satellite data to study natural phenomena on different spatial and temporal scales, from individual glacier fjords in Alaska to all of the world's glaciers over a 50+ year time span. My main research focus has been on glacier change, and how glaciers impact not only the physical world, but terrestrial and marine ecosystems. At present, I am working on projects to study glacier changes in Alaska since the Little Ice Age, re-processing historic aerial and satellite images to study landscape and glacier changes, and mapping glaciers and landscape features using tools such as Google Earth Engine.


In the past, I have taught modules on glaciology, remote sensing, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), physical geography, and programming. At Ulster, I teach remote sensing, physical geography, and programming modules for the BSc Hons Geography and Environmental Science degrees, as well as for the PgDip/MSc courses in GIS, and Remote Sensing and GIS. I also supervise final year MSc and BSc research projects in a variety of subjects.

Modules taught

  • EGM101* - Skills Toolbox
  • EGM105* - The Lithosphere
  • EGM310* - Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems
  • EGM702 - Photogrammetry and Advanced Image Analysis
  • EGM703 - Advanced Active and Passive Remote Sensing
  • EGM722 - Programming for GIS and Remote Sensing

* - one or more components of module

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, On the frontal ablation of Alaska tidewater glaciers, University of Alaska Fairbanks

1 Aug 200831 Jul 2013

Award Date: 1 Aug 2013

Bachelor, Kalamazoo College

1 Sept 200415 Jun 2008

Award Date: 15 Jun 2008


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