Research interests:

My research combines remote sensing with numerical modelling to understand the dynamics of forest ecosystems and the landscapes on which they are established. The scope of this research ranges from exploring landscape dynamics and forest structure at the sub-hillslope scale using high resolution Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) surveys, to continent-scale studies of tropical rainforests that integrate satellite observations of forest growth and disturbance into dynamic carbon cycle models.

Career history:

2017-present: PDRA in Tropical Ecosystem Monitoring, Forests2020 project, University of Edinburgh, UK.
2016-present: PDRA in Tropical Ecosystem Modelling, Biodiversity And Land-use Impacts (BALI) project, University of Edinburgh, UK.
2015-2016: PDRA in Advanced Earth Observation of Forests, University of Edinburgh, UK.
Assessing the accuracy of satellite based deforestation products, and integrating these observations into a dynamic, continent-scale carbon cycle model (CARDAMOM/ DALEC).

Active research projects:

Forests2020: A UK Space Agency International Partnership Programme aiming to develop methods for mapping tropical forests at risk of fire or deforestation and for identifying areas suitable for forest restoration
BALI: A NERC-funded, multidisciplinary consortium aiming to explore the biogeochemical impacts of tropical forest degradation, agricultural conversion and biodiversity loss.

Recent publications:

Milodowski, D. T., E. T. A. Mitchard and M. Williams (2017), Forest loss maps from regional satellite monitoring systematically underestimate deforestation in two rapidly changing parts of the Amazon, Environmental Research Letters, 12, 094003, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/aa7e1e

Clubb, F. J., S. M. Mudd, D. T. Milodowski, D. A. Valters, L. J. Slater, M. D. Hurst, and A. B. Limaye (2017), Geomorphometric delineation of floodplains and terraces from objectively defined topographic thresholds, Earth Surface Dynamics, doi:10.5194/esurf-5-369-2017

Clubb, F. J., S. M. Mudd, M Attal, D. T. Milodowski, and S. W. D. Grieve (2016), The relationship between drainage density, erosion rate, and hilltop curvature: implications for sediment transport processes, Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 121 (10), 1724-1745, doi:10.1002/2015JF003747

Dingle, E. H., H. D. Sinclair, M. Attal, D. T. Milodowski, and V. Singh (2016), Controls on fluvial incision and aggradation across the Ganga Plain, American Journal of Science, 316, 778–812, doi:10.2475/08.2016.03

Grieve, S. W. D., S. M. Mudd, D. T. Milodowski, F. J. Clubb, and D. J. Furbish (2016), How does grid-resolution modulate the topographic expression of geomorphic processes? Earth Surface Dynamics, 4, 627–653, doi:10.5194/esurf-4-627-2016