Dr Valborg (Val) Byfield is Research Fellow at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, and a member of the Centre's Laboratory for Satellite Oceanography, After her PhD on "Optical Remote Sensing of Oil in the Marine Environment" she paricipated in the EU Framework-5 project COLORS (1997-2000), evaluating optical algorithms developed by the consortium partners. Since 2000 she has worked primarily on education outreach, devloping the award-winning Ocean Colour issue of the Oceans4schools web magazine in 2002, and working with artists and educators to increase awarenesss of climate change through the Cape Farewell project.
As Deputy Science Coordinator for the Natural Environment Research Council's Rapid Climate Change Programme, RAPID, she is responsible for website development and on-line public outreach material. She is Project Coordinator for EU-INTAS project MOPED (Monitoring of marine Oil Pollution using EO Data), where she lead the work on the development of optical algorithms to detect surface and dispersed oil, and the development of training material based on the project results.
Val lectures in remote sensing, global monitoring and radiative transfer models at MSc level, and is Project Coordinator for the UNESCO Bilko project, which has distributed software and hands-on training material in coastal and marine remote sensing to over 1500 organisations and over 5000 individual users in 168 countries around the world.As part of this work she maintains the Bilko website, develops and reviews new training material in ocean remote sensing and provides advice and support for organisers of training courses and workshops world-wide. She is a PI in two projects of the EC’s 7th Framework Programme, delivering EO data via GEONETCast to developing countries, where she is one of the partners responsible for training in coastal and marine remote sensing.