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 Magdalena Mleczko

Magdalena Mleczko

Postdoctoral Researcher

 Environment and Sustainability Institute 


Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK


My background is in Land Surveying and Spatial Information Systems, specifically Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. I am particularly interested in using satellite imagery for environmental monitoring purposes.

My current research, as a postdoctoral researcher with the KaLi project, aims to assess ecohydrological conditions (i.e., groundwater level changes, above-ground surface water extent, and time of stagnation) in peatlands in Central Borneo (Indonesia) using SAR satellite imagery.

Research keywords: satellite remote sensing; SAR polarimetry; SAR interferometry; image classifications; machine learning; Python; JavaScript; wetlands; peatlands, agriculture; biodiversity, land use/land cover mapping


2017 PhD Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, University of Warmia and Mazury, Olsztyn (Poland)

2009 MSc Geodesy and Spatial Information Systems, University of Warmia and Mazury, Olsztyn (Poland)


2021 – present Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Exeter

2017-2021 Expert in Remote Sensing, Statistical Office in Olsztyn, Poland

2017-2018 Lecturer, Polish Air Force Academy, Poland

2012-2021 Lecturer/Research Assistant, University of Warmia and Mazury, Olsztyn, Poland

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Research projects

2021 – present UKRI, Drought and peatland fires in Indonesian Borneo: Understanding drivers and impacts to build resilience through sustainable development

2018 – 2021 National Centre for Research and Development, €2.5M Integrated monitoring system for high-energy paraseismic events based on GNSS and PSInSAR satellite data and seismic sensors (ASMOW), Agreement Number: POIR.04.01.04-00-0056/17

2019 – 2021 National Centre for Research and Development, Statistics Poland, €1.2M Satellite identification and monitoring of crops for the purposes of agricultural statistics (SATMIROL).

2018 – 2020 Eurostat, €2.5M ESSnet Big Data II, Agreement Number: 847375-2018-NL-BIGDATA (

2013 – 2017  Polish National Science Centre, €200k Experimental application of innovative remote sensing techniques (Pol- In-SAR, HyperSpectral) for the assessment of ecohydrological features of lowland river floodplains (MARSH-ALL),

2010 – 2011 Polish Committee for Scientific Research, €2.5k Multi-variant testing of topographic-radiometric correction methods based on satellite radar images with different spatial resolution and polarisation, Agreement Number: N N526 228939

2008 – 2010 Polish-Norwegian Research Fund, €100k System of the environmental and spatial information as the background for the sustainable management of the Vistula Lagoon ecosystem (VISLA), Agreement Number: PNRF - 82 - A I - 1/07

2007 – 2009 Polish Committee for Scientific Research The exploration of new technologies of remote sensing in GAEC and CwRS – implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy (TerraSAR Agri), Agreement Number: N526 021 32/1755

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Journal articles

Wilkinson R, Mleczko M, Brewin RJ, Gaston KJ, Mueller M, Shutler J, Yan X, Anderson K (In Press). Environmental impacts of Earth observation data in the constellation and cloud computing era. Science of the Total Environment Abstract.
Anderson K, Brewin RJW, Mleczko MM, Mueller M, Shutler JD, Wilkinson R, Yan X, Gaston KJ (2024). The dark side of Earth observation. Nature Sustainability, 7(3), 224-227.

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