Research Profile

Eirini Politi

Biography

Overview

As of February 2016, Eirini has been part of MaREI’s Earth Observation team, where she works on two international research projects.

Current Activities

Eirini is currently working on:

  • The European Commission H2020 Co-ReSyF project (Grant Agreement No. 687289) - Coastal Waters Research Synergy Framework, www.co-resyf.eu

The project is developing a framework that is a research and education resource enabling EO and non-EO experts, and coastal researchers to explore and realise the potential of Earth Observation data in coastal and marine water research.  

The project is developing an online platform for EO data access, processing and analysis, providing operational services to the coastal and marine community.

Background

Eirini holds a BSc in Marine Sciences (University of the Aegean, Greece), MSc in Remote Sensing, Image Processing and Applications (University of Dundee, UK) and PhD in Limnology and Remote Sensing (University of Dundee, UK).

She is an aquatic remote sensing scientist with interest in global environmental change and the sustainable management of aquatic ecosystems (inland and marine). She has worked in marine, coastal and lake water remote sensing applications, as well as studies of land-water interactions. Previous involvement in projects includes:

  • Coastal zone management

ERDF INTERREG ΙΙΙΑ Greece-Cyprus Project (K.2301.001) - A Study of the Impacts of Human Activities in the Quality of the Coastal Environment and Selection of Environmental Quality Indices in the frame of Coastal Zone Management, according to the Directive 2000/60/EC

  • Lagoon management

EC FP5 DITTY Project (EVK3-CT-2002-00084) - Development of an Information Technology Tool for the Management of European Southern Lagoons under the influence of river-basin runoff

  • Flood management

Scottish Government ClimateXChange project - Development of indicators on the rate of development in flood-risk areas   

  • Lake response to global environmental change

UK NERC (NE/J024279/1) GloboLakes Project - A global observatory of lake responses to environmental change, www.globolakes.ac.uk  

Further information

Further information on Eirini’s research activities (past and current) can be found on:

 

Research Interests

My research interests focus on the creation and compilation of complex relational databases, and their exploitation and interrogation using GIS tools, spatial statistics, time series analysis, modelling and other appropriate research methods to study various environmental issues, such as the effect of climate change on aquatic systems and the impact of different scenarios of development on areas of concentrated human activities.

My main objective is to combine appropriate remotely sensed, measured and modelled data to answer scientific questions and provide the basis for effective decision making towards the sustainable management of the environment and conservation of biodiversity, allowing at the same time for human activities to take place and develop.

I have worked on marine, coastal and freshwater ecosystem change and I am greatly interested in interdisciplinary research, knowledge transfer and exchange.

Previous and current research work in:

  • Coastal areas, in particular Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) with the use of GIS, scenario testing and multicriteria analysis
  • Remote sensing of aquatic systems, including lake water quality retrieval (water colour, temperature) in large European lakes, and land cover classification in UK lake catchments
  • Lake system modelling, such as water balance in the catchment, and lake basin morphometry (mean/max depth, volume) and retention time 
  • Interaction and linkages between the human, terrestrial and aquatic landscapes
  • Understanding drivers of environmental change and their impacts on aquatic systems at global scales
  • The past (analysis of trends and patterns in various environmental parameters based on archives of remote sensing data and field measurements), the present (current ecosystem mapping and status assessment), and the future (development of methods for long-term ecosystem status monitoring, and response to future drivers of change) 

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2016)'Selection of a network of large lakes and reservoirs suitable for global environmental change analysis using Earth Observation'
Politi, E., MacCallum S., Cutler M.E.J., Merchant C.J., Rowan J.S. & Dawson T.P. (2016) 'Selection of a network of large lakes and reservoirs suitable for global environmental change analysis using Earth Observation'. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 37 (13):3042-3060 [DOI] [CORA Link] [Details]
(2016)'Assessing the utility of geospatial technologies to investigate environmental change within lake systems'
Politi, E., Rowan, J.S. & Cutler, M.E.J. (2016) 'Assessing the utility of geospatial technologies to investigate environmental change within lake systems'. Science of The Total Environment, 543 :791-806 [DOI] [CORA Link] [Details]
(2015)'Evaluating the spatial transferability and temporal repeatability of remote sensing-based lake water quality retrieval algorithms at the European scale: a meta-analysis approach'
Politi, E., Cutler, M.E.J. & Rowan, J.S. (2015) 'Evaluating the spatial transferability and temporal repeatability of remote sensing-based lake water quality retrieval algorithms at the European scale: a meta-analysis approach'. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 36 (11):2995-3023 [DOI] [CORA Link] [Details]
(2012)'Using the NOAA Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer to characterise temporal and spatial trends in water temperature of large European lakes'
Politi, E., Cutler, M.E.J. & Rowan, J.S. (2012) 'Using the NOAA Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer to characterise temporal and spatial trends in water temperature of large European lakes'. Remote Sensing of Environment, 126 :1-11 [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2016)International Conference on Marine Data and Information Systems (IMDIS)
Politi, E., Scarrott, R., Terra Homem, M., Caumont, H., Grosso, N., Mangin, A. & Catarino, N. (2016) Unlocking the potential for coastal innovation growth using Earth Observation data and cloud infrastructure International Conference on Marine Data and Information Systems (IMDIS) Gdansk, Poland, , 11-OCT-16 - 13-OCT-16 , pp.77-79 [Details]
(2009)9th Hellenic Symposium on Oceanography and Fisheries
Politi, E., Kitsiou, D., Kostopoulou, M. & Karydis, M. (2009) Quantitative assessment for Coastal Zone Management: The case of Mytilene, Greece 9th Hellenic Symposium on Oceanography and Fisheries Patra, Greece, , 13-MAY-09 - 16-MAY-09 , pp.311-315 [Details]
(2007)Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc) Annual Conference 2007: Challenges for earth observation – scientific, technical and commercial
Politi, E., Cutler, M.E.J. & Rowan, J.S. (2007) Spatial and temporal reliability of algorithms for estimating water quality parameters in European lakes Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc) Annual Conference 2007: Challenges for earth observation – scientific, technical and commercial , 11-SEP-07 - 14-SEP-07 [Details]

Professional Activities

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2015)RSPSoc, NCEO and CEOI-ST Joint Annual Conference,
Politi, E. & Prairie, Y. (2015) Modelling nutrients in lakes from space. [Poster Presentation], RSPSoc, NCEO and CEOI-ST Joint Annual Conference, Southampton, UK , 08-SEP-15 - 11-SEP-15. [Details]
(2014)15th World Lake Conference,
Politi, E., Cutler, M.E.J., Rowan, J.S. & Dawson, T.P. (2014) GloboLakes: Building a global lake typology. [Oral Presentation], 15th World Lake Conference, Perugia, Italy , 01-SEP-14 - 05-SEP-14. [Details]
(2014)Lake User Consultation meeting,
Politi, E., Cutler, M.E.J., Rowan, J.S. & Dawson, T.P. (2014) GloboLakes – Lake selection and the determination of global scale metrics for interpreting change. [Invited Oral Presentation], Lake User Consultation meeting, Frascati, Italy , 19-MAY-14 - 20-MAY-14. [Details]
(2013)International Society of Limnology (SIL) 32nd Symposium,
Politi, E., Cutler, M.E.J. & Rowan, J.S. (2013) Understanding the provenance and temporality of drivers of lake change as a vital step towards understanding lake behaviour and their sensitivity as sentinels or regulators of climate change. [Oral Presentation], International Society of Limnology (SIL) 32nd Symposium, Budapest, Hungary , 04-AUG-13 - 09-AUG-13. [Details]
(2007)Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc) Annual Student Meeting,
Politi, E., Cutler, M.E.J. & Rowan, J.S. (2007) European lake behavior in the last two decades using remote sensing: Trends and changes. [Oral Presentation], Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc) Annual Student Meeting, Edinburgh, Scotland . [Details]
(2003)International Conference on the Southern European Coastal Lagoons: The Influence of River Basin – Coastal Zone Interactions,
Kitsiou, D., Nitis, T., Mexa, A. & Politi, E. (2003) Development of a GIS tool for the management of coastal areas: a case study in the gulf of Gera, Lesvos, Greece. [Oral Presentation], International Conference on the Southern European Coastal Lagoons: The Influence of River Basin – Coastal Zone Interactions, Ferrara, Italy . [Details]
(2003)7th Hellenic Symposium on Oceanography and Fisheries,
Politi, E., Kitsiou, D., Mexa, A. & Karydis, M. (2003) Evaluation of coastal areas using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and multiple-criteria choice methods. [Oral Presentation], 7th Hellenic Symposium on Oceanography and Fisheries, Crete, Greece . [Details]

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University of Dundee, Scotland, UK Post-Doctoral Research Assistant01-NOV-12 / 31-JAN-16
University of Dundee, Scotland, UK Research Assistant01-JUN-15 / 31-JUL-15
University of the Aegean, Lesvos, Greece Research Fellow01-FEB-08 / 31-AUG-08
University of the Aegean, Lesvos, Greece Research Assistant01-FEB-03 / 31-AUG-03
MDS Marathon Data Systems, Athens, Greece GIS Analyst01-JUL-02 / 31-AUG-02

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2010University of Dundee PHDGeography: Remote Sensing of Lakes
2005University of Dundee MASTER OF SCIENCERemote Sensing, Image Processing and Applications
2004University of the Aegean BACHELOR OF SCIENCE HONORSMarine Science

Languages

 LanguageReadingWritingSpeaking
Italian FunctionalFunctionalBasic
Greek FluentFluentFluent
English FluentFluentFluent
Spanish BasicBasicBasic

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Remote Sensing Referee01-JAN-15 - 31-DEC-15
Fundamental And Applied Limnology Referee01-JAN-14 - 31-DEC-14
International Journal Of Remote Sensing Referee01-JAN-15 - 31-DEC-15
Remote Sensing Of Environment Referee01-JAN-14 - 31-DEC-14
Global Change Biology Referee01-JAN-13 - 31-DEC-13

Contact details

  • Eirini Politi
    Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher
  • eirini.politi@ucc.ie
  • Environmental Research Institute
    Floor 4
    MaREI Centre
    Beaufort Building
    Haulbowline Road
    Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork
  • +353 (0)21 486 4339

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