Niels Andela is a Lecturer in remote sensing at Cardiff University, United Kingdom (since 07/2020). 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 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 emissions product based on the Global Fire Emissions Database (GFED) and 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 has extensive experience with media coverage and outreach and his work is widely appreciated beyond the scientific community, for example reflected by the integration of his data products in the operational response to wildfires across the Amazon (e.g., see



  • 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.