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Dr Leonardo Uieda PhD • Pronouns: He/Him

Lecturer Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences

Teaching

"I teach several modules in the Earth Sciences programs. I use computer programming (Python with Jupyter notebooks) extensively to enhance my teaching and provide students with interactive simulations, hands-on experience in working with real data, and the skills needed for solving complex problems.

Most of the teaching material that I create is freely available under open and permissive Creative Commons licenses on GitHub: github.com/leouieda"

Remote Sensing

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Comparison of RBG ("true colour") images and the Normalized Burn Ratio computed from Landsat8 multi-spectral data for the Thomas fire in California, USA

I teach an introduction to quantitative analysis of remote sensing data (multi-spectral satellite images, digital elevation models, InSAR) using Python and the Scientific Python stack. My favourite part is reading the independent report that students create as part of their assessment. They are free to choose their own topics and perform some amazing analysis of public domain image data from the Landsat8 satellite.

Gravimetry

Global map of measured disturbances in the Earth's gravity field. The main signal comes from places where the lithospheric plates are subducting due to plate tectonics.
Global map of measured disturbances in the Earth's gravity field. The main signal comes from places where the lithospheric plates are subducting due to plate tectonics.

Gravimetry is the study of the Earth's gravity field and how it varies because of density variations and the movement of masses. I teach the basic concepts of gravimetry, how to operate the extremely sensitive gravimeters that we have in-house, and how to process and interpret the data to provide insights into the Earth.

Geodynamics of the lithosphere

Measured geothermal heat flow across the Earth. Most of the Earth's heat loss is concentrated on mid-ocean ridges, where oceanic plates are constantly being created through volcanic activity.
Measured geothermal heat flow across the Earth. Most of the Earth's heat loss is concentrated on mid-ocean ridges, where oceanic plates are constantly being created through volcanic activity.

The lithosphere is the outermost layer of the Earth, the part that is brittle and can rupture to cause earthquakes. We have a wealth of physics-based models and global geophysical data that allow us to investigate how the lithosphere is formed, evolves, and deforms. I work together with students to translate the mathematics of these models into computer code (in Python) and how to compare model predictions against existing data.

Modules for 2020-21

ENVIRONMENTAL GEOPHYSICS

Module code: ENVS258

Role: Teaching

GEOPHYSICAL DATA MODELLING

Module code: ENVS386

Role: Teaching

GEOPHYSICAL DATA MODELLING

Module code: ENVS586

Role: Teaching

GEOPHYSICAL PROJECT

Module code: ENVS300

Role: Teaching

GEOPHYSICAL PROJECT (LEVEL M)

Module code: ENVS400

Role: Teaching

GEOPHYSICS FIELD SCHOOL

Module code: ENVS362

Role: Teaching

Global Geophysics and Geodynamics

Module code: ENVS398

Role: Module Co-ordinator

Global Geophysics and Geodynamics (Level M)

Module code: ENVS598

Role: Teaching

Study Skills (Geophysics (Physics))

Module code: ENVS106

Role: Teaching

Study Skills and GIS (Earth Science)

Module code: ENVS101

Role: Teaching