Dr Peter Miller

Senior Earth Observation Scientist

Dr Peter Miller

Contact Details

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Dr Peter Miller is a Senior Earth Observation Scientist at PML. He leads a team of Earth Observation scientists, developing and applying innovations in automated analysis of sea-surface biological and physical processes using satellite data.

Peter's research foci are linkages between ocean fronts and megafauna, and discriminating algal blooms; and he applies these towards marine conservation policy and the fish-farming industry.

He leads PML’s involvement in EC MEDINA, NERC FASTNEt and EC AQUA-USERS. He also leads technical development for the NERC Earth Observation Data Acquisition and Analysis Service (NEODAAS) Plymouth. He has written 50 peer reviewed research papers.


 

Key Projects

AQUA-USERS – EC AQUAculture USEr driven operational Remonte Sensing information services (2013-2016)

FASTNEt - NERC Fluxes Across Sloping Topography of the North East Atlantic (2011-2015)

MEDINA - EC Marine Ecosystem Dynamics and Indicators for North Africa (2011-2014)

Lenfest – US/UK pelagic conservation in the open ocean (2012-2014)

DEVOTES - EC DEVelopment Of innovative Tools for understanding marine biodiversity and assessing good Environmental Status (2012-2016)

Scottish harmful algal bloom monitoring, Crown Estate and aquaculture industry (2007-)

 

Other Activities

NERC Earth Observation Data Acquisition and Analysis Service Steering Committee (ex officio, 2000-2009)

UK Copernicus Marine Network Group (2008- ) 



Publications

Miller, P.I., Xu, W. & Carruthers, M. (in press) Seasonal shelf-sea front mapping using satellite ocean colour and temperature to support development of a marine protected area network. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography. doi: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2014.05.013 

Highfield, A.C., Evans, C., Walne, A.W., Miller, P.I. & Schroeder, D.C. (in press) How many Coccolithovirus genotypes does it take to terminate an Emiliania huxleyi bloom? Virology. doi: 10.1016/j.virol.2014.07.017 

Krueger-Hadfield, S.A., Balestreri, C., Schroeder, J., et al., (in press) Genotyping an Emiliania huxleyi (Prymnesiophyceae) bloom event in the North Sea reveals evidence of asexual reproduction. Biogeosciences.

Scales, K.L., Miller, P.I., Hawkes, L.A., Ingram, S.N., Sims, D.W. & Votier, S.C. (in press) On the Front Line: frontal zones as priority at-sea conservation areas for mobile marine vertebrates. Journal of Applied Ecology. 

Suberg, L., Wynn, R.B., van der Kooij, J., Fernand, et al., (in press) Assessing the potential of autonomous submarine gliders for ecosystem monitoring across multiple trophic levels (plankton to cetaceans) in shallow shelf seas. Methods in Oceanography. doi: 10.1016/j.mio.2014.06.002

Clark, D., Brown, I., Rees, A., Somerfield, P.J. & Miller, P.I. (2014) The influence of ocean acidification upon nitrogen regeneration and nitrous oxide production in temperate shelf seas. Biogeosciences Discussions, 11, 3113–3165, doi: 10.5194/bgd-11-3113-2014

Kurekin, A.A., Miller, P.I. & Van der Woerd, H.J. (2014) Satellite discrimination of Karenia mikimotoi and Phaeocystis harmful algal blooms in European coastal waters: Merged classification of ocean colour data. Harmful Algae, 31, 163-176. doi: 10.1016/j.hal.2013.11.003

Miller, P.I. & Christodoulou, S. (in press) Frequent locations of ocean fronts as an indicator of pelagic diversity: application to marine protected areas and renewables. Marine Policy

Miller, P.I., Read, J.F. & Dale, A.C. (in press) Thermal front variability along the North Atlantic Current observed using satellite microwave and infrared data. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography.

Edwards, E.W.J., Quinn, L.R., Wakefield, E.D., Miller, P.I. & Thompson, P.M. (in press) Tracking a northern fulmar from a Scottish nesting site to the Charlie Gibbs Fracture Zone: evidence of linkage between coastal breeding seabirds and Mid-Atlantic Ridge feeding sites. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography.

Pirotta, E., Thompson, P.M., Miller, P.I., Brookes, K., Cheney, B., Barton, T.R., Bailey, H., Candido, A. & Lusseau, D. (in press) Scale-dependent foraging activity of bottlenose dolphins modelled using passive acoustic data. Functional Ecology.

Priede, I.G., Bergstad, O.A., Miller, P.I. and 34 others (2013) Does presence of a Mid Ocean Ridge enhance biomass and biodiversity? PLOS One, 8(5): e61550.

Tilstone, G.H., Miller, P.I., Brewin, R.J.W. & Priede, I.G. (in press) Enhancement of primary production in the North Atlantic outside of the spring bloom. Remote Sensing of Environment.

Read JF, Pollard RT, Miller PI, Dale AC. 2010. Circulation and variability of the North Atlantic Current in the vicinity of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Deep Sea Research I, 57(3), 307-318.

Shutler JD, Grant MG, Miller PI, Rushton E, Anderson K. 2010. Coccolithophore bloom detection in the north east Atlantic using SeaWiFS: Algorithm description, application and sensitivity analysis. Remote Sensing of Environment, 114(5), 1008-1016.

Miller PI. 2009. Composite front maps for improved visibility of dynamic sea-surface features on cloudy SeaWiFS and AVHRR data. Journal of Marine Systems, 78(3), 327-336.

Miller PI. 2009. Composite front maps for improved visibility of dynamic sea-surface features on cloudy SeaWiFS and AVHRR data. Journal of Marine Systems, 78(3), 327-336.

Davidson K, Miller PI, Wilding TA, Shutler J, Bresnan E, Kennington K, Swan S. 2009. A large and prolonged bloom of Karenia mikimotoi in Scottish waters in 2006. Harmful Algae, 8(2), 349-361.

Latham SE, Cramer R, Grant M, Kershaw P, Lawrence BN, Lowry R, Lowe D, O'Neill K, Miller PI, Pascoe S, Pritchard M, Snaith H, Woolf A. 2009. The NERC DataGrid services. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London: Series A, 367(1890), 1015-1019.

Lawrence BN, Lowry R, Miller PI, Snaith H, Woolf A. 2009. Information in environmental data grids. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London: Series A, 367(1890), 1003-1014.

Priede IG, Miller PI. 2009. A basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) tracked by satellite together with simultaneous remote sensing II: New analysis reveals orientation to a thermal front. Fisheries Research, 95(2-3), 370-372.

Ripley SJ, Baker AC, Miller PI, Walne AW, Schroeder DC. 2008. Development and validation of a molecular technique for the analysis of archived formalin-preserved phytoplankton samples permits retrospective assessment of Emiliania huxleyi communities. Journal of Microbiological Methods, 73(2), 118-124.

Miller PI, Shutler JD, Moore GF, Groom SB. 2006. SeaWiFS discrimination of harmful algal bloom evolution. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 27(11), 2287-2301.

Miller PI. 2004. Multispectral front maps for automatic detection of ocean colour features from SeaWiFS. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 25(7-8), 1437-1442.

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