Niels Andela is head of Remote Sensing at BeZero Carbon, a global carbon ratings agency (2022 - now). Previously, he worked as post-doctoral research scholar and assistant research professor as NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (2015-2020), and as a lecturer in remote sensing at Cardiff University (2020-2022). During his PhD program (2012 – 2015) Andela worked within the EU Monitoring Atmospheric Composition and Climate (MACC) project, where he contributed to the development of the Global Fire Assimilation System (GFAS) and other strategies to constrain global fire emissions. He received his PhD in 2016 from VU-University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Recently, he developed a VIIRS-based near-real-time fire emissions product (Andela et al., 2022) based on the Global Fire Atlas (Andela et al., 2019), the first global data record of individual wildfires and their behaviour. With first author publications in Science (Andela et al., 2017) and Nature Climate Change (Andela et al., 2014) his research has shaped recent thinking about the changing role of fire in the Earth System.


Andela N., Morton, D.C., Schroeder, W., Chen, Y., Brando, P.M., Randerson, J.T. (2022). Tracking and Classifying Amazon fire events in near real time. Science Advances, 8, eabd2713.

Andela N., Morton, D.C., Giglio, L., Paugam, R., Chen, Y., Hanson, S., van der Werf, G.R., Randerson, J.T. (2019). The Global Fire Atlas of individual fire size, duration, speed, and direction. Earth System Science Data, 11, 529-552.

Andela N., Morton D.C., Giglio L., Chen Y., van der Werf G.R., Kasibhatla P.S., DeFries R.S., Collatz G.J., Hantson S., Kloster S., Bachelet D., Forrest M., Lasslop G., Li F., Mangeon S., Melton J.R., Yue C., Randerson J.T. (2017). A human-driven decline in global burned area. Science, 6345, 1356–1362.

Andela, N.  and van der Werf, G.R. (2014) Recent trends in African fires driven by cropland expansion and El Niño to La Niña transition, Nature Climate Change, 4,791-795.