Centre for Landscape and Climate Research

Established in 2012, the Centre for Landscape and Climate Research (CLCR) is pursuing research excellence through discovery science and applied research with industrial partners. Our research develops Earth Observation methods addressing environmental problems of the land and vegetation.

Research themes:
  • Earth Observation Data Science, using high-performance computing and cloud computing for the analysis of big satellite datasets;
  • Human/environment interactions, understanding the drivers and consequences of land use change, fire disturbance, deforestation and forest degradation;
  • Water and carbon cycle interactions, using Earth Observation to initialise, constrain and validate land surface and hydrological models.

Sentinel-1 Radar Image Mosaic of Kenya
Figure: Sentinel-1 Radar Image Mosaic of Kenya.

Our research supports the UK Industrial Strategy and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in particular:
Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

CLCR is part of the Leicester Institute for Space and Earth Observation (LISEO) and contributes to the development of the Space Park Leicester.

We value our research students and staff and support them in a collegial interdisciplinary research environment. Our research training includes cloud computing, Python programming, EO data processing and machine learning applied to satellite data.

We nurture our researchers and many have won prestigious research fellowships, e.g. ESA Living Planet Fellowship, Marie Curie Experienced Researcher Fellowships, NERC fellowships and fellowships by the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science.

We value and support equality, diversity and inclusion in a research culture that treats everyone fairly and equitably in a safe environment that is free from harassment, regardless of age, being or becoming a transsexual person, being married or in a civil partnership, being pregnant or on maternity/paternity/adoption leave, disability, race including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

We welcome PhD researchers and visiting scientists from around the world, whether for short visits or longer research programmes.


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Prof. Heiko Balzter


Centre for Landscape and Climate Research

University of Leicester
Bennett Building
University Road
Leicester LE1 7RH,

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3820
Fax: +44 (0)116 252 3854
email: clcr@le.ac.uk