Prof. Jan-Peter Muller

Head of the Imaging Group

Tel: +44 (0)1483 204 100

Fax: +44 (0)1483 278 312

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Email: j.muller {at} ucl.ac.uk 

Room: N101

Research Interests

  • Imaging science

    • new sensing techniques (e.g. fluorescence spectroscopy)
    • uncooled thermal IR
    • sub-surface imaging systems from space
  • 3D extraction

    • multi-angle stereo (e.g. MISR, MISRlite)
    • imaging lidar
    • InSAR and SAR phase correlation
  • Machine vision and 3D Animated visualisation

    • automated landscape feature extraction (e.g. trees, buildings on earth; craters on Mars)
    • orbital-rover data fusion
    • web-GIS for data dissemination and visualisation
    • visualisation of global change (link to Global Change Video)
  • Global climate from EO

    • long-term calibration of EO instruments (e.g. TRUTHS)
    • validation methods
    • global land surface albedo
    • global cloud-top heights and winds
    • global aerosol source-to-sink (e.g. volcanic ash, smoke, pollution)
    • PM2.5/PM1 mapping in urban canyons from space
    • Standing biomass
    • Solar-planetary weather teleconnections
  • Planetary science

    • life detection on other planets (in our solar system & beyond)
    • comparative morphology for understanding surface processes using 3D terrain
    • highly turbulent flow and how Giant Planets' banded structure and long-lived storms can persist


  • B.Sc. Physics, University of Sheffield (1976)
  • M.Sc. D.I.C. Atmospheric Physics & Dynamics, Imperial College (1977)
  • Ph.D. Planetary Meteorology/Astronomy, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University College London (1982)

Professional History

  • Professor of Image Understanding and Remote Sensing
  • 1991 - Present 
    Department of Space and Climate Physics, University College London
  • 2006 - Present 
    Conducting research on image understanding, new sensor development and remote sensing and lecturing courses in "Global Monitoring of Environment and Security" and "Image Understanding" in M.Sc. Remote Sensing and "Space Instrumentation and Applications" on MSc Space Science. Head of Imaging Group
  • MODIS and MISR Team Member (NASA Earth Observing System Project) : 1989 - Present
  • HRSC Team Member (ESA Mars Express 2003 Project) : 1992 - Present
  • Stereo PanCam Team Member (ESA ExoMars 2016 Project) : 2006 - Present
  • Founder Director of Blue Sky Imaging Limited, UK : 1998 - Present
  • Chairman, UK Space Agency Aurora Advisory Committee : 2010-2013
  • Member, STFC Astronomy Grants Panel : 2009-2011
  • Chairman, ISPRS WGV IV/6 on "Global DEM interoperability" : 2008-present
  • Point-of-Contact, GEO Task DA-09-03d on "Global DEM" : 2009-2012
  • Point-of-Contact, GEO Task IN-02-C2-1  on "Global DEM" : 2012-Present
  • Point-of-Contact, GEO Task DA-07-01 on "Global DEM inter-operability" : 2007-2008
  • Chairman, CEOS Working Group on Calibration/Validation Sub-group on "Terrain Mapping from Satellites" : 2001-Present
  • Director, UK NASA RPIF (Regional Planetary Imaging Facility) : 2007-Present
  • Co-Chairman, ISPRS IV/I WG on "Extraterrestrial Mapping" : 1996-2004
  • Professional Awards

    • SIGGRAPH '90 Scientific Visualisation for "3D Imaging from Space: The UK Perspective".
    • Winner of 1990 British Computer Society Technical Innovation Award for the "UCL 3D Image Maker".
    • Winner of 1993 British Multimedia Association Best European Multimedia Project for "Erd-sicht Global Change Videodisk".
    • Winner of British Multimedia Association Gold Award 1995 and Melia1995 Award (Cannes) Best Consumer Reference CD-ROM Project for "3D Atlas".
    • NASA Distinguished Group Achievement Award for the EOS MISR Instrument (2001)
    • NASA Distinguished Group Achievement Award for the EOS Aqua platform (2003)
    • ESA and National Remote Sensing Centre of China "Award of Excellence" for DRAGON project exploring the environmental impacts of the Three Gorges dam (2008)


Selected Academic Peer-Reviewed Papers (52 journal papers published since 01/06, 101 overall)

  • Austin, N.J., Muller, J.P., Gong, L., Zhang, J., 2013. A regional investigation of urban land-use change for potential landslide hazard assessment in the Three Gorges Reservoir Area, People's Republic of China: Zigui to Wanzhou. Int. J. Remote Sens. 34, 2983-3011.
  • Balme, M., Gallagher, C., Page, D., Murray, J., Muller, J.P., 2009. Sorted stone circles in Elysium Planitia, Mars: Implications for recent martian climate. Icarus 200, 30-38.
  • Balme, M., Gallagher, C., Page, D.P., Murray, J.B., Muller, J.-P., Kim, J.-R., 2010. The Western Elysium Planitia Paleolake, in: N.A. Cabrol, A.F.G. (Ed.), Lakes on Mars. Elsevier, pp. 275-305.
  • Campanelli, M., Estelles, V., Smyth, T., Tomasi, C., Martinez-Lozano, M., Claxton, B., Muller, P., Pappalardo, G., Pietruczuk, A., Shanklin, J., Colwell, S., Wrench, C., Lupi, A., Mazzola, M., Lanconelli, C., Vitale, V., Congeduti, F., Dionisi, D., Cardillo, F., Cacciani, M., Casasanta, G., Nakajima, T., 2011. Monitoring of Eyjafjallajoekull volcanic aerosol by the new European SkyRad users (ESR) sun-sky radiometer network. Atmospheric environment 48, 33-45.
  • Chapman, L., Thomes, J.E., Muller, J., McMuldroch, S., 2007. Potential applications of thermal fisheye imagery in urban environments, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, 4(1), pp. 56-59.
  • Dartnell, L., Roberts, T., Moore, G., Ward, J., Muller, J., 2013. Fluorescence Characterization of Clinically-Important Bacteria. PLoS ONE 8, e75270.
  • Dartnell, L.R., Patel, M.R., Storrie-Lombardi, M.C., Ward, J.M., Muller, J.-P., 2012. Experimental determination of photostability and fluorescence-based detection of PAHs on the Martian surface. Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 47, 806-819.
  • Dartnell, L.R., Storrie-Lombardi, M.C., Mullineaux, C.W., Ruban, A.V., Wright, G., Griffiths, A.D., Muller, J.P., Ward, J.M., 2011b. Degradation of Cyanobacterial Biosignatures by Ionizing Radiation. Astrobiology 11, 997-1016.
  • Denis, M.A., Muller, J.P., Mannstein, H., 2007. ATSR-2 camera models for the automated stereo photogrammetric retrieval of cloud-top heights - initial assessments, Int. J. Remote Sens., 28(9), pp. 1939-1955.
  • Doll, C.N.H., Muller, J.P., Morley, J.G., 2006. Mapping regional economic activity from night-time light satellite imagery, Ecological Economics, 57, pp. 75-92.
  • Fisher, D., Muller, J., 2012. Global warping coefficients for improving ATSR co-registration. Remote Sensing Letters 4, 151-160.
  • Fisher, D., Muller, J.-P., Yershov, V., 2014. Automated stereo retrieval of smoke plume injection heights and retrieval of smoke plume masks from AATSR and assessment with CALIPSO and MISR. IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing 52, 1249-1258
  • Gesch, D.B., Muller, J.P., Farr, T.G., 2006. The shuttle radar topography mission - Data validation and applications, Photogramm. Eng. Remote Sens., 72(3), pp. 233-235.
  • Hancock, S., Disney, M., Muller, J.P., Lewis, P., Foster, M., 2011. A threshold insensitive method for locating the forest canopy top with waveform lidar. Remote Sens. Environ. 115, 3286-3297.
  • Hancock, S., Lewis, P., Foster, M., Disney, M.I., Muller, J.-P., 2012. Measuring forests with dual wavelength lidar: a simulation study over topography. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 161, 123-133.
  • Harrison, S.K., Balme, M.R., Hagermann, A., Murray, J.B., Muller, J.-P., 2010. Mapping Medusae Fossae Formation materials in the southern highlands of Mars. Icarus 209, 405-415.
  • Heipke, C., Oberst, J., Albertz, J., Attwenger, M., Dorninger, P., Dorrer, E., Ewe, M., Gehrke, S., Gwinner, K., Hirschmueller, H., Kim, J.R., Kirk, R.L., Mayer, H., Muller, J., Rengarajan, R., Rentsch, M., Schmidt, R., Scholten, F., Shan, J., Spiegel, M., Waehlisch, M., Neukum, G., 2007. Evaluating planetary digital terrain models - The HRSC DTM test, Planet Space Sci., 55(14), pp. 2173-2191.
  • Kim, J., Muller, J.-P., 2011. Tree and building detection in dense urban environments using automated processing of IKONOS image and LiDAR data. Int. J. of Remote Sensing 32, 2245-2273.
  • Kim, J.-R., Lin, S.-Y., Muller, J.-P., Warner, N., Gupta, S., 2013. Multi-resolution digital terrain models and their potential for Mars landing site assessments. Planet Space Sci. 85, 89-105.
  • Kim, J.-R., Muller, J.-P., 2009. Multi-resolution topographic data extraction from Martian stereo imagery. Planet Space Sci. 57, 2095-2112.
  • Krol, M., Peters, W., Hooghiemstra, P., George, M., Clerbaux, C., Hurtmans, D., McInerney, D., Sedano, F., Bergamaschi, P., El Hajj, M., Kaiser, J.W., Fisher, D., Yershov, V., Muller, J.-P., 2013. How much CO was emitted by the 2010 fires around Moscow? Atmos. Chem. Phys. 13, 4737-4747.
  • Lewis, P., Brockmann, C., Danne, O., Fischer, J., Guanter, L., Heckel, A., Krueger, O., López, G., Muller, J.-P., North, P.R., Preusker, R., 2011. GlobAlbedo Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document: Version 3.0. UCL, http://www.globalbedo.org, p. 295pp.
  • Li, P., Shi, C., Li, Z., Muller, J., Drummond, J., Li, X.Y., Li, T., Li, Y.B., Liu, J.N., 2013. Evaluation of ASTER GDEM using GPS benchmarks and SRTM in China. Int. J. Remote Sens. 34, 1744-1771.
  • Li, X.-F., Muller, J.-P., Fang, C., Zhao, Y.H., 2011. Measuring displacement field from TerraSAR-X amplitude images by subpixel correlation: An application to the landslide in Shuping,Three Gorges Area. Acta Petrologica Sinica 27, 3843-3850.
  • Li, Z., Muller, J.P., Cross, P., Albert, P., Fischer, J., Bennartz, R., 2006a. Assessment of the potential of MERIS near-infrared water vapour products to correct ASAR interferometric measurements, Int. J. Remote Sens., 27(2), pp. 349-365.
  • Li, Z.H., Fielding, E.J., Cross, P., Muller, J.P., 2006b. Interferometric synthetic aperture radar atmospheric correction: GPS topography-dependent turbulence model, J Geophys Res-Sol Ea, 111(B2), B02404.
  • Lin, S.Y., Muller, J.-P., Mills, J.P., Miller, P.E., 2010. An assessment of surface matching for the automated co-registration of MOLA, HRSC and HiRISE DTMs. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 294, 520-533.
  • Liu, P., Li, Z., Hoey, T., Kincal, C., Zhang, J., Zeng, Q., Muller, J.-P., 2013. Using advanced InSAR time series techniques to monitor landslide movements in Badong of the Three Gorges region, China. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 21, 253-264.
  • Muller, J., 2007. New satellite cloud products for cirrus and contrails (CLOUDMAP): example of multi-layer cloud detection using multi-spectral stereo, Int. J. Remote Sens., 28, pp. 1913-1914.
  • Muller, J., Denis, M., Dundas, R.D., Mitchell, K.L., Naud, C., Mannstein, H., 2007. Stereo cloud-top heights and cloud fraction retrieval from ATSR-2. Int. J. Remote Sens. 28, 1921-1938.
  • Muller, J., Fischer, J., 2007. The EU-CLOUDMAP project: Cirrus and contrail cloud-top maps from satellites for weather forecasting climate change analysis, Int. J. Remote Sens., 28, pp. 1915-1919.
  • Muller, J.-P., 2006. Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document, ATBD v1.4: BRDF/Albedo retrieval. MERIS AlbedoMaps, 1-19.
  • Muller, J.-P., 2011. The Role of CEOS and GEO for Earth Observation and DEM Generation. Photogramm. Rec. in preparation.
  • Muller, J.-P., Fisher, D., Yershov, V., 2012a. Stereo retrievals of cloud and smoke winds and heights from EO platforms: past, present and future International Winds Workshop #11, 20-24 February 2012, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Muller, J.-P., Lopez, G., Shane, N.S., Danne, O., Brockmann, C., Krämer, U., Zühlke, M., Heckel, A., North, P.R., Domench, C., Guanter, L., Fischer, J., Wang, Z., Schaapman-Strub, G., Cescatti, A., 2013. GlobAlbedo Test Product Validation Report, http://www.globalbedo.org/docs/GlobAlbedo_FVR_V1_2_web.pdf UCL, UCL-MSSL, p. 92pp.
  • Muller, J.P., Yershov, V., Fisher, D., Krol, M., Peters, W., San-Miguel, J., Palumbo, I., Sedano, F., Strobl, P., Clerbaux, C., George, M., Helbert, J., Guillaume, B., 2011. New products for a better characterisation of smoke plume and gas/aerosol dispersion from boreal eurasian forest fires: the ALANIS Smoke Plume project. Biogeosciences Discuss. 8, 9747-9761.
  • Murray, J.B., Vries, B.v.W.d., Marquez, A., Williams, D.A., Byrne, P., Muller, J.-P., Kim, J.-R., 2010. Late-stage water eruptions from Ascraeus Mons volcano, Mars: Implications for its structure and history. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 294, 479-491.
  • Naud, C., Mitchell, K.L., Muller, J., Clothiaux, E.E., Albert, P., Preusker, R., Fischer, J., Hogan, R.J., 2007. Comparison between ATSR-2 stereo, MOS O-2-A band and ground-based cloud top heights, Int. J. Remote Sens., 28, pp. 1969-1987.
  • Naud, C., Muller, J., Clothiaux, E.E., 2006. Assessment of multispectral ATSR2 stereo cloud-top height retrievals. Remote Sens. Environ. 104, 337-345.
  • Potts, D., Mackin, S., Muller, J., Fox, N., 2012. Satellite sensor intercalibration over Dome C: An introduction to QA4EO and the ESA GlobAlbedo project. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS12), 7011-7014.
  • Potts, D., Mackin, S., Muller, J., Fox, N., 2013. Sensor Intercalibration Over Dome C for the ESA GlobAlbedo Project. IEEE Trans on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 51, 1139-1146.
  • Rao, K.S., Al-Jassar, H.K., Phalke, S., Rao, Y.S., Muller, J.P., Li, Z., 2006. A study on the applicability of repeat-pass SAR interferometry for generating DEMs over several Indian test sites, Int. J. Remote Sens., 27(3), pp. 595-616.
  • Shin, D., Muller, J.-P., 2012. Progressively weighted affine adaptive correlation matching for quasi-dense 3D reconstruction. Pattern Recognition 45, 3795 -3809.
  • Storrie-Lombardi, M., Muller, J., Fisk, M., Griffiths, A., Coates, A., 2008. Potential for non-destructive astrochemistry using the ExoMars PanCam. Geophys. Res. Lett. 35, L12201.
  • Storrie-Lombardi, M., Muller, J.-P., Fisk, M.R., Cousins, C., Sattler, B., Griffiths, A., Coates, A., 2009. Laser Induced Fluorescence Emission (L.I.F.E.): Searching for Mars Organics with a UV-Enhanced PanCam. Astrobiology 9, 953-964.
  • Warner, N., Gupta, S., Kim, J.-R., Lin, S.-Y., Muller, J.-P., 2010a. Hesperian equatorial thermokarst lakes in Ares Vallis as evidence for transient warm conditions on Mars. Geology 38, 71-74.
  • Warner, N., Gupta, S., Lin, S.-Y., Kim, J.-R., Muller, J.-P., Morley, J., 2010b. Late Noachian to Hesperian climate change on Mars: Evidence of episodic warming from transient crater lakes near Ares Vallis. Journal of Geophysical Research 115, E06013.
  • Warner, N., Gupta, S., Muller, J.-P., Kim, J.-R., Lin, S.-Y., 2009. A refined chronology of catastrophic outflow events in Ares Vallis, Mars. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 288, 58-69.
  • Warner, N.H., Gupta, S., Kim, J., Muller, J., Le Corre, L., Morley, J., Lin, S., McGonigle, C., 2011. Constraints on the origin and evolution of Iani Chaos. J. Geophys. Res. 116, doi:10.1029/2010JE003787.
  • Warner, N.H., Gupta, S., Kim, J.R., Lin, S.Y., Muller, J.-P., 2010c. Retreat of a giant cataract in a long-lived (3.7-2.6 Ga) martian outflow channel. Geology 38, 791-794.


  • Press release on "Spectacular Mars images reveal evidence of ancient lakes", 4.1.09 reported in the Times, Guardian, Daily Telegraph, New York Times, Los Angeles Times.


  • WMO-BIPM invited participant/speaker on "Measurement Challenges for Global Observation Systems for Climate Change Monitoring Traceability, Stability and Uncertainty", WMO HQ, Geneva, CH, 28.3-1.4.10
  • ESA-NRSCC invited speaker/chair for "DRAGON2 Mid-Term Review", Giulin city, P.R. China, 17-21.5.10
  • ESA "Living Earth" symposium, Bergen, Norway, 28.6-2.7.10

One fact about me...

I enjoy cooking as a therapeutic exercise in the manner of Keith Floyd 

  • CEOS
  • PanCam
  • HRSC
  • MISR

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