School of GeoSciences

School of GeoSciences


Silvia Caldararu

About me

I am a final year PhD student working on global models of leaf phenology and VOC emissions using space-based remote sensing data.

Research group

The Tropospheric Chemistry and Earth Observation Modelling Group

Research interests

  • Process-based vegetation modelling
  • Remote sensing of vegetation
  • Bayesian statistical methods and other novel and interesting ways of using data to inform and improve models

PhD project


Prof. Paul Palmer, Edinburgh University

Dr. Drew Purves, Microsoft Research Cambridge

Project details

Understanding leaf cover seasonality is essential to a better understanding of the global carbon cycle and climate-vegetation interactions. I have buily a mechanistic global phenology model that explains and predicts leaf gain and loss in response to solar radiation, soil moisture and temperature.