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Dr Nick Drake :Nick Drake :King's College London

Nick Drake obtained his BSc (Honours) in Environmental Science at Plymouth Polytechnic in 1983 and his M.App.Sc (Master of Applied Science) in Geochemical Exploration from the University of New South Wales in 1986. From 1986-92 Nick worked as a research fellow condicting remote sensing research at the department of geography Reading University, firstly working on a the development of improved algorithms for image classification an then on the characterisation of desert surfaces for geomorphological mapping using remote sensing. During this time he started a part-time PhD entitled ‘Mapping and monitoring of surface cover types and processes in southern Tunisia using remote sensing’ which he completed in 1992.

Nick joined the King's College Department of Geography in 1992 and was made reader in 2000. During his time at King’s he has continued to develop his interests in theoretical and practical aspects of remote sensing while broadening his interests into GIS and spatial modelling.
During the last few years Nick's interests have increasingly focussed on applying his field, remote sensing and GIS expertise to arid lands and in particular the Sahara Desert. He is the leader of the Sahara Megalakes Project, an international project that involves 9 universities and coordinates research on giant palaeolakes in Chad, Libya and Tunisia. His expertise in arid lands research has recently been recognised by his being asked to join the editorial board of the Journal of Arid Environments.

Nick has published 37 papers in refereed journals, 18 book chapters and was co-editor of a book entitled ‘Spatial Modelling of the Terrestrial Environment’ published by Wiley in 2004. He is a member of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetric Society, the Royal Geographical Society and the British Society for Geomorphology. He has been most active in the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetric Society where he has organised a number of sessions for annual conferences. He was invited to become a member of the organisation committee of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetric Society Special Interest Group in Modelling and Advanced Techniques in 1997 and was the group convenor from 1999 to 2004.

Nick has played an active role in departmental, college and University of London administration. He joined the University of London Subject Area Board (SAB) for Mathematical and Physical Sciences in 1998. He was invited to be deputy-chair in 2004, in 2005 he was appointed to the University of London Senate and became the chairman of the SAB in 2006.

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