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Introducing SCI Ambassador, Libby Linfield

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"SCI is a great way to connect with the wider scientific community outside of academia and gain an insight into potential opportunities in industry."

What are your research interests? 
Astrophysics with Geophysics, with a focus on remote sensing techniques and earth observation. I am currently doing a research project in using satellite data to monitor ice melt in the Arctic, developing the use of machine learning techniques for data processing and ice classification.

How did you first get involved with SCI?
I first got involved with SCI by entering the first Bright SCIdea challenge and was a member of the winning team. The competition was a fantastic opportunity to gain experience and skills in taking a scientific idea from the lab to market. SCI is a great way to connect with the wider scientific community outside of academia and gain an insight into potential opportunities in industry.

SCI aims to be 'where science meets business'. What is the potential commercial application of your research?
Remote sensing is a rapidly developing field with an abundance of commercial applications. From monitoring natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis, to precision agriculture, defence and security, fuel exploration or even monitoring deforestation. The potential of satellite data is endless in many industries and use of machine learning increasingly used to speed up processing speeds. My focus of remote sensing in the Arctic region can be used to monitor climate change. Commercially it has the potential to be used by shipping companies and other industries in the Arctic.

What do you hope to gain from your involvement with SCI?
I hope to get a wider view of the applications of science, but to also build my personal network. In going to events such as public evening lectures I hope to get useful insight into current issues and how science is being utilized to combat these issues. I also hope that in the future I will be able to help others who want to know more about my field.

Libby Linfield
University College London – Department of Natural Sciences, Astrophysics and Geophysics 

uni of glasgow

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