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Juan Suárez-Minguez, BSc, MSc, PhD

Project Manager

Name

Email: juan.suarez@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Tel: +44 (0)131 445 2176
Tel direct: +44 (0)131 445 6949
Fax: +44 (0)131 445 5124

Address:
Forest Research
Northern Research Station
Roslin
Midlothian EH25 9SY
UK

Juan studied B.A. Geography with History at University of Valencia, Spain (1984-1989). He obtained an MSc in GIS in from the Department of Geography at Edinburgh University (1995-6). He gained a PhD from the Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Sheffield (2010) on ‘An analysis of the consequences of stand variability in Sitka spruce plantations in Britain using a combination of airborne LiDAR analysis and models’.

Promoted to Higher Scientific Officer in 2002. Started research in Remote Sensing applications as project leader. Scientific Officer for the Forest Commission in Scotland.

From September 1996 up to 2002 his main activity was in the development of the ForestGALES program as programmer, modeller and GIS scientist. GIS Research Technician for the Forest Commission in Scotland within the EC- funded project: AAIR Project No 2392/8.9.1994/sk

From February 1995 to September 1996 he was working as a GIS scientist in early developments of the Ecological Site Classification with Dr. Graham Pyatt and the Stability project with Dr. Chris Quine. 

Current role

Project Manager

  • Development of cost-effective methods for capturing spatial data that can be subsequently integrated to any GIS-based forest management system
  • Identification of mature technologies based on remote sensing ready for a business use and making recommendations for their operational use in the forest industry
  • Identification of research priorities in line with the most fundamental management needs
  • Coordinating our participation in different British and EU projects, through a research network, in partnership with universities and other research organisations in Britain and Europe. This aims to gain access to the latest advances in the use of remote sensing in forestry and the best way to transfer them to the forest industry
  • Organisation of the ForestSAT conferences.

Current programmes

Remote sensing

  • The development of a method for automatic tree canopy identification using conventional aerial photography and an object-oriented analysis method in eCognition (Definiens Imaging GmbH, 2001; Trappenstreustraße 1, 80339 Muenchen, Germany). 
  • The use of airborne LiDAR for measuring individual tree heights and canopy dimensions.

ForestSAFE (EU-LIFE project)

Affiliations and achievements

  • Fluent in: Spanish, Catalan and English. Can understand Portuguese

Research areas

  • Remote sensing applications in forest management (Airborne LiDAR, Field Laser Scanning, Digital Aerial photography and Optical Satellite systems)
  • Model development and integration to create GIS tools
  • Development of a GIS-based model for windthrow risk in forestry (ForestGALES)
  • The use of Airflow models applied to forest Climatology
  • Risk management and processes of decision
  • Programmer/analyst in the construction of automated decision support systems and commercial software.

Links with academia

  • Research fellow at the University of Glamorgan (UK), Swansea (UK) and Edinburgh University.  Main responsibilities on the supervision of MSc and PhD students.
  • Visiting professor at Forest Engineering Departments at the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (Spain) and University of Cordoba.  Main responsibilities on the supervision of MSc and PhD students and lecturing on laserscanning system in the MSc courses.
  • Assistant Research Professor at the University of Maryland, Department of Geography (USA).  Main responsibilities on research in small footprint LiDAR, supervision of postgrad students and lecturing.
  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre, Greenbelt, Maryland (USA).  Main responsibilities on small footprint LiDAR research for the Carbon Monitoring System project.

Consulting work

  • Regular reviewers in International Journal of Remote Sensing, Journal of Forest Planning, Forestry and Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 
  • Regular member of the scientific committee of Silvilaser, ForestSAT and AGILE conferences.

Main recent publications

Suárez, J. (2012).  A individual canopy delineation algorithm based on Object-Oriented segmentation and classification.  In prep. for a book chapter in Challenges and opportunities for the worlds forests in the 21st century.  Springer.

Suárez, J. (2011).  The use of small foot print LiDAR to estimate biomass in the North American Woodlands.  In prep. for the ICF journal.

McInerney, D., Suárez, J.C. and Nieuwenhuis, M.  (2011).  Extending forest inventories and programmes using remote sensing: a review.  Irish Forestry. In Press.

Miranda, D., Suárez, J.C. and Crecente, R. (Eds.) (2010).  Operational Tools in forestry using remote sensing techniques.  Book publication.  University of Santiago de Compostela Press.  ISBN 978-84-693-5600-5. 

McInerney, D.O., Suárez, J.C., Valbuena, R. and Nieuwenhuis, M. (2010).  Forest canopy heath retrieval using LiDAR data, medium resolution satellite imagery and kNN estimation in Aberfoyle, Scotland.  Forestry Febr pp 1-12.

North, P.R.J., Rosette, J.A.B., Suárez, J.C and Los, S.O. (2010).  A Monte Carlo radiative transfer model for satellite waveform LiDAR.  IJRS.  Vol 31 No 5 pp 1343-1358.

Rosette, J. A. , North, P. R. J., Suárez, J. C. and Los, S. O.(2010).  Uncertainty within Satellite LiDAR Estimations of Vegetation and Topography.  IJRS.  Vol 31 No 5 pp 1325-1342.

Hill, R. and Suárez, J. (2010).  Editors.  Special Issue on Laser scanning in Forestry for IJRS.  Vol 31 No 5.

Rosette, J., North, P. and Suárez, J. (2008).  Satellite LiDAR Estimation of Stemwood Volume; A Method using Waveform Decomposition.  Photogrammetric Journal of Finland. Vol. 21, No. 1. Pages 76-85.

Rosette, J. A, Suárez, J.C., North, P.R.J. and Armston. J., (2008).  A comparison of biophysical parameter retrieval for forestry using airborne and satellite LIDAR  ForestSat 2007.  Special Issue of the International Journal of Remote Sensing.

Koch, B., Dees, M., Asan, Ü., Binner, S., Brusselen, J., Eriksson, L., Faißt, G., Fransson, J., Gallaun, H., Gitas, I., Granica, K., Kalogirou, Leblon, B., Lund, G., Mallinis, G., McRoberts, R.E., Nilsson, M., Roberts, W., Rosette, J., San-Miguel-Ayanz, J., Schardt, M., Schuck, A., Seitz, R., Suárez, J., Tiede, D., Tomppo, E., Troycke, A., Waser, L., and Zidek. V.,  (2008). Forestry applications.  ISPRS Congress Book.  Chapter 8.  Applications in Forestry.  (Accepted). 

Suárez, J.C., García, R., Gardiner, B.A. and Patenaude, G. (2008).  The estimation of wind risk in forest stands using ALS.  In press for Journal of Forest Planning. 

Doce, D.D., Suárez, J.C. and Patenaude G. (2008). Assessing stand and data variability using airborne laser scanner.  Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography.  Lars Bernard (Ed).  Accepted for publication.

Petr, M. Patenaude G. and ., Suárez, J.C. (2008). Forest stand volume: can existing laser scanning methods based on the conventional one provide better results, a comparison of 2 approaches. Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography.  Lars Bernard (Ed).  Accepted for publication.

Rosette, J.A.B., North, P.R.J. and Suárez. J.C. (2008).  Vegetation height estimates for a mixed temperate forest using satellite laser altimetry.  International Journal of Remote Sensing (in press).

Rosette, J.A.B., North, P. and Suárez, J. C. (2008).  Vegetation Height and Stemwood Volume Estimates for a Mixed Temperate Forest using Satellite LiDAR.  In press for Journal of Forest Planning.

García, R., Suárez, J.C., and Patenaude, G. (2007). Delineation of individual tree crowns and stand parameters using LiDAR in the Scottish woodlands.  The European Information Society. Leading the Way with Geo-information. Series: Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography. Fabrikant, Sara Irina; Wachowicz, Monica (Eds.)  2007, XVII, 486 p. ISBN: 978-3-540-72384-4.

Suárez, J.C. and Gould, M. (2007) (Eds.).  Shaping the Future of GI Science in Europe.  Special Issue.  Transactions in GIS. Volume 11 Issue 6 Page 795-797, December 2007.

Book publication: Suárez, J.C. and Markus, B. (2006) (Eds).  AGILE 2006. Shaping the future of Geographic Information Science in Europe.  Published by College of Geoinformatics, University of West Hungary. ISBN 963-229-422-X.

Wallington E. D. and Suárez, J.C. (2006).  Evaluation of commercial airborne LiDAR and SAR products to estimate top height and associated parameters in production forests in Britain. In Sustainable Forestry.  Edited by Reynolds, K.M., Thomson, A.J., Köhl, A.J., Shannon, M.A., Ray, D. and Rennolls, K. CAB International.  Wallingford.  ISBN-13: 978184593 1742.  Chapter 19. pp 298-313. 

Suárez, J.C., Ontiveros, C., Smith, S. and Snape, S. (2005). The use of airborne LiDAR and Aerial Photography in the estimation of individual tree heights in forestry.  Computers and Geosciences.  Vol 31, issue 2, March 2005, pp 253-262.

Suárez, J.C., Smith, S, Bull, G., Malthus, T.J., Donoghue, D. and Knox, D. (2005).  The use of remote sensing techniques in operational forestry.  Quarterly Journal of Forestry.  Vol. 99, No. 1, January, 2005, pp. 31-42. 

Cucchi V., Meredieu C, Stokes A, Coligny F, Suárez, J., Gardiner, B.A.  (2005). Modelling the windthrow risk for simulated stands of Maritime pine.  Forest Ecology and Management, Vol 213, issues 1-3, pp 184-196.

Gardiner, B.A., Suárez, J.C. Achim, A., Hale, S. and Nicoll, B.  (2004).  ForestGALES 2.0.  A PC-based wind risk model for British forests.  Forestry Commission publications.  Edinburgh.  ISBN 0855386320.  60 pp.

Suárez, J.C., Smith, S and Ditchburn, B. (2003).  The use of GIS in forestry.  Quarterly Journal of Forestry.  Vol 97 no 4 pp 265-270.

Wallington, E.D., Woodhouse, I.H., and Suárez, J.C. (2003). Would a microwave be useful in your forest?  Forestry and British Timber.  January 2003.  pp 12-13.

Cloude, S.R., Woodhouse, I.H., Hope, J., Suárez, J.C., Osborne, P., and Wright, G. (2001).  The Glen Affric Radar Project: Forest Mapping using dual baseline polarimetric radar interferometry. Proceedings of “Retrieval of Bio and Geophysical Parameters from SAR for Land Applications”, University of Sheffield, England, September 11-14, 2001, ESA publication SP-475, pp 333-338.

Suárez, J.C., Dunham, R.A. and Miller, D.R. (2000).  Modelling the risk of wind damage to forest.  The effect of uncertainty on predictions of damage.  Book publication from the 5th EC-GIS workshop in Stresa, Italy, 28-30 June 1999.  Space Applications Institute Eds.  EUR 19018 EN.

Ruel, J.-C ., C.P. Quine , S. Meunier1 and J.C. Suárez. (2000).  Estimating windthrow risk in balsam fir stands with the ForestGALES model.  Forestry  Chron.

R. A. Dunham, B.A. Gardiner, C.P. Quine and J.C. Suárez. (2000).  ForestGALES. A PC-based wind risk model for British forests.  User's Guide.  Forestry Commission, Edinburgh.

Suárez, J.C., Gardiner, B.A. and Quine, C.P.  (1999). A comparison of methods for predicting wind speeds in complex forested terrain. Meteorological Applications 6, pp 329-342.

Moore, J., Fogarty, L., Suárez J.C., and Gardiner, B.A. (1997).Modelling Surface Winds for Forest and Rural Fire Danger Rating: a Comparison of Model and Full Scale Observations. NZ Journal of Forestry.   28(2): 202-220.

Hale, S., Quine, C.P. and Suárez, J.C. (1997). The Location of Climatically Defined Treelines in new Native Woodlands. Scottish Forestry.

Pyatt, D.G. and Suárez, J.C. (1997). An Ecological Site Classification for Forestry in Great Britain with Special Reference to Grampian, Scotland.  Forestry Commission Technical Paper 20.  Forestry Commission.  Edinburgh.

Papers to conferences

Tan, C.P., Marino, A. Woodhouse, I.H., Cloude, S., Suarez, J.C. and Edwards, C. (2011). See the forests with different eyes.  IGARSS.  IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium.  Vancouver, Canada.  24-29th July.

Tan, C.P., Marino, A. Woodhouse, I.H., Cloude, S., Suarez, J.C. and Edwards, C. (2011). A comparison study of biomass estimation using ALOS PALSAR and LiDAR data.  POLINSAR-ESA conference.  Frascati, Italy 24-28 January.

Tan, C.P., Marino, A. Woodhouse, I.H., Cloude, S., Suarez, J.C. and Edwards, C. (2011). The potential of TERRASAR-X in assessing forest above-ground biomass in Scotland.  POLINSAR-ESA conference.  Frascati, Italy 24-28 January.

Suárez, J.C., Gardiner, B.A., García, R. and Patenaude, G.  (2006).  Integration of ALS and ForestGALES for the prediction of wind damage in British forestry.  Silvilaser conference.  Matsuyama (Japan), 7-10 of November 2006.

Suárez, J.C.,  Gardiner, B.A., Nicoll, B.,  Achim, A., Mitchell, S.,  Di Lucca, M. and Goudie, J. (2006).  The next generation of wind risk models for managing upland forests in Britain.  GI-Science conference.  Muenster, 20-23 September 2003.

Rosette, J., North, P., and Suárez, J.C. (2006).  Biophysical Parameter Retrieval for Global Modelling from Satellite Laser Altimetry.  Workshop on 3D Remote Sensing in Forestry, 14th-15th Feb 2006, Vienna.

Suárez, J.C. and Wallington E. D. (2005). Top height estimation using commercial airborne remote sensing products in British forestry.  ForestSAT conference.  Borås (Sweden), 31st May to 3rd June 2005. 

Suárez, J.C. (2005).  The next generation of a spatial wind risk model ForestGALES 2.0.  EMAP workshop, Estoril, 25th of May 2005

McInerney, D. and Suárez, J.C. (2005).  Scottish forest inventory information derived by combining field data and satellite imagery.  IUFRO conference, Edinburgh 5-8 April 2005.

Wallington E. D. and Suárez, J.C. (2005).  Evaluation of commercial airborne LiDAR and SAR products to estimate top height and associated parameters in production forests in Britain.  IUFRO conference, Edinburgh 5-8 April 2005.

Suárez, J.C., Ontiveros, C., Smith, S, and Snape, S. (2004). The use of airborne LiDAR and Aerial Photography in the estimation of individual tree heights in forestry.  7th  AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science – Heraklion, Greece, 28-30 April 2004.

Suárez, J.C., Ontiveros, C., Smith, S, and Snape, S. (2004). The use of airborne LiDAR and Aerial Photography in the estimation of individual tree heights in British forestry.  Tenth biennial USDA forest service - remote sensing applications conference.  April 5-9, 2004.  Salt Lake City.  USA.

Cloude, S. R., Woodhouse, I.H., Osborne, P., Wright, G., Suárez, J.C. (2004).  Forest Biomass Estimation using Polarimetric SAR Interferometry. Proceedings of 2nd ALOS PI Meeting, Awaji Island, Japan, January 2004.

Suárez, J.C., Ontiveros, C., Osborne, S., Snape, S. and Smith, S, (2003). Assessing tree height and stocking density for even-aged mature spruce stands using LiDAR and digital aerial photography.  ScandLaser scientific workshop on airborne laser scanning of forests.  3rd  to 4th of September 2003.  Umeå, Sweden.

Wallington, E.D., Turner, D, Woodhouse, I.H., Malthus, T.J. and Suárez, J.C. (2003).  Assessing L-band SAR Modes for Commercial Forest Management.  IGARSS conference.  Toulouse.

Wallington, E.D., Woodhouse, I.H., and Suárez, J.C. (2003).  Forest classification and height indicators using L-band SAR.  EARSeL Symposium, Ghent.

Ray, D., Quine, C.P. Gardiner, B.A. and Suárez, J.C.  (2003).  Implementing Decision Support Systems in British Forestry: experiences of two PC-based systems supporting sustainable forest management.  Decision Support for Multiple Purpose Forestry, April 23-25, 2003, Vienna – Austria.

Cucchi, V., Stokes, A., Meredieu, C., Najar, M., de Coligny, F., Denis, A., Berthier, S., Courbaud, B., Bert, D., Suárez, J.C., and Gardiner, B.A.  (2003). Prediction of tree resistance to windthrow: development of a decision support system by the linking of ForestGales and CAPSIS.  Wind and Trees conference. September 16-18, 2003.  Karlsruhe, Germany.

Gardiner, B.A. and Suárez, J.C. (2003).  An Integrated System for the Management of Wind Risk in British Forests.  Wind and Trees conference. September 16-18, 2003.  Karlsruhe, Germany.

Suárez, J.C., Ontiveros, C., Rorke, D., Snape, S. and Smith, S. (2003).  Tree counting and standing volume methods for even-aged mature spruce stands using Aerial Photography.  6th  AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science – Lyon, France, 24-26 April 2003.

Suárez, J.C., Gardiner, B.A. and Quine, C.P. (2001).  Windthrow risk management in Scottish Forests.  A computer-based model to calculate wind risk for forestry.  Metsätieteen päivä 2002.  Suomen Metsätieteellinen Seura.  Helsinki.

Cloude, S., Woodhouse, I., Osborne, P., Wright, G., and Suárez, J.C. (2001).  Polarimetric Radar Interfeometry for the Quantitative Estimation of Forest Structure. Proceedings of 1st ALOS PI Workshop, Tokyo, Japan, March 2001, pp 261-263.

Suárez, J.C. (2002). The use of remote sensing for operational forestry: the truth is out there.  Presented at ForestSAT symposium.  Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, 5th-9th August 2002.

Wachowicz, M., Riedemann, C., Vulling, W., Suárez, J. and Cromvoets, J. (2002).  Workshop report on Spatial Data Usability.  5th AGILE conference in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. 

Suárez, J.C., Evans, S., Randle, T., Henshall, P., Houston, T., Gardiner, B.A. and Dunham, R. (2001).  The development of a generic framework for model integration in forest management.  The UK Forestry Commission CoreModel programme.'  3rd International Conf. on Geospatial Information in Agr. and forestry.  Denver. USA. 

Malthus, T.J. and Suárez, J.C. (2001).  Applications of Remote Sensing in forestry. Presentation to the ASEM Symposium on Forest Conservation and Sustainable Development, 16-20 July 2001, Guiyang, Guizhou, China.

Cloude, S., Woodhouse, I., Hope, J., Suárez, J.C., Osborne, P. and Wright, G. (2001).  The Glen Affric Project : Vegetation Mapping using Dual Baseline  Polarimetric Radar Interferometry.  SCEOS'01.

Cloude, S., Woodhouse, I., Hope, J., Suárez, J.C., Osborne, P. and Wright, G. (2001). The Glen Affric Project: Forest Mapping using Polarimetric Radar Interferometry.  IGARSS'01.

Suárez, J.C., Evans, S., Randle, T., Henshall, P., Houston, T., Gardiner, B.A. and Dunham, R. (2001).  The development of a generic framework for model integration in forest management.  The UK Forestry Commission CoreModel programme.  4th AGILE conference in Brno. 

Suárez, J.C., Quine, C.P. and Gardiner, B.A. (1998). A four dimensional model to predict wind damage in British forests.  GISRUK’98, Edinburgh (Poster presentation).

Ray, D. and Suárez, J.C. (1996). Development of and Ecological Site Classification Decision Support System for British Forestry. 1st International Conference on GeoComputation. pp 715- 729. September, 1996. Leeds University.

Llidó, D.M. and Suárez, J.C. (1996). The use of a Gateway to Operate in a Remote Database by using the World Wide Web. 1st International Conference on GeoComputation. pp 542-549. September, 1996. Leeds University.

Consulting work

Pyatt, D.G and Suárez, J.C. (April 1996).  An Ecological Site Classification for woodlands in the Cairngorms, Scotland.  For Scottish Natural Heritage.  Contract no RASD/172A/96  (unpublished).

Suárez, J.C.  (April-May, 1995). The applications of GIS technology in Forest Fire Prevention and Spatial Database Management Systems for Valencia Regional Government.  Natural Environment Office.  (unpublished).

Suárez, J.C.  (November, 1994).  Recent GIS developments in forest fire prevention.  For the Applied Informatics Department of the School of Physics at Valencia University’.  (unpublished).

Internal reports

Suárez, J. (2004). The use of Aerial Photography and eCognition analysis for tree counting in mature plantations.  Project ordered by Policy and Practice Division of the Forestry Commission and Operational Support Unit from Forest Enterprise. 20 pp.

Malthus, T., Suárez, J.C., and Woodhouse, I. (2002).  Evaluation of operative tools in forestry using remote sensing technology.  Project ordered by Policy and Practice Division of the Forestry Commission.  Undertaken in partnership with Geography Department in Edinburgh. 142 pp.

Suárez, J.C., Dunham, R.A., Barrette, J and Gardiner, B.A. (2000).  The validation of ForestGALES. Silviculture North, Internal Report.  Forest Research, Roslin. 85 pp.

Suárez, J.C. (1995) The use of WASP airflow model to estimate the wind speed in Kintyre.  Silviculture North, Internal Report.  Forest Research, Roslin. 20pp

Suárez, J.C.  (1995) The estimation of the wind climate in Cowal for forestry: the comparison of WASP airflow model with MS-Micro/3 and the DAMS scores.  Silviculture North, Internal Report.  Forest Research, Roslin. 50 pp.