Phil Wilkes

Phil is a Research Leader of the Nature Unlocked: Landscape Ecology Programme at RBG Kew and is based at Kew Wakehurst. He is also an Affiliated Researcher of the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge.

His interests are in the use of remote sensing, in particular LiDAR, to characterise forest structure, from individual branches and trees to continental scales. Most recently, he has developed techniques to efficiently capture and process plot scale terrestrial LiDAR data outputs which have been used in cal/val of satellite based aboveground biomass missions. Phil’s other interests include characterising the configuration and value of urban forests as well as modelling remote sensing signals with radiative transfer models.