Publications

See Google Scholar for an up-to-date list, stars indicate co-led publications and co-authors in bold were supervised by AC.

Peer-Reviewed

Under consideration

Cunliffe, A., K. Anderson, F. Boschetti, R. Brazier, H. Graham, I. Myers-Smith, T. Astor, M. Boer, L. Calvo, P. Clark, M. Cramer, M. Encinas-Lara, S. Escarzaga, J. Fernández-Guisuraga, A. Fisher, K. Gdulová, B. Gillespie, A. Griebel, N. Hanan, M. Hanggito, S. Haselberger, C. Havrilla, P. Heilman, W. Ji, J. Karl, M. Kirchhoff, S. Kraushaar, M. Lyons, I. Marzolff, M. Mauritz, C. McIntire, D. Metzen, L. Méndez-Barroso, S. Power, J. Prošek, E. Sanz-Ablanedo, K. Sauer, D. Schulze-Brüninghoff, P. Šímová, S. Sitch, J. Smit, C. Steele, S. Suárez-Seoane, S. Vargas, M. Villarreal, F. Visser, Wachendorf, H. Wirnsberger, and R. Wojcikiewicz (In Review) Global application of a drone photogrammetry protocol for predicting aboveground biomass in non-forest ecosystems. Preprint on bioRxiv, DOI:10.1101/2020.07.16.206011

Boschetti*, F., A. Cunliffe*, R. Clement, S. Sitch, K. Anderson, T. Duman, M. Schlumpf, M. Litvak, R. Brazier and T. Hill (In Review) Strong correspondence in evapotranspiration and CO2 fluxes between different EC systems enables quantification of landscape heterogeneity in dryland fluxes.

2020

Cunliffe, A., J. Assmann, G. Daskalova, J. Kerby, I. Myers-Smith (2020) Aboveground biomass corresponds strongly with drone-derived canopy height but weakly with greenness (NDVI) in a shrub tundra landscape, Environ. Res. Lett. 15(12) 125004. DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/aba470.

Cunliffe, A., C. McIntire, F. Boschetti, K. Sauer, M. Litvak, K. Anderson and R. Brazier (2020) Allometric relationships for predicting aboveground biomass and sapwood area of Oneseed Juniper (Juniperus monosperma) trees. Front. Plant Sci. 11:1-12. DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2020.00094. Download PDF

Myers-Smith, I., J. Kerby, A Cunliffe, et al. (2020) Complexity revealed in the greening of the Arctic, Nat. Clim. Chang. 10:106-117. DOI:10.1038/s41558-019-0688-1. Download PDF

Assmann, J., I. Myers-Smith, J. Kerby, A. Cunliffe, G. Daskalova (2020). Drone data reveal fine-scale variation of tundra greenness and phenology not captured by satellite and ground-based monitoring. Environ. Res. Lett. 15(12) 125002. DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/abbf7d.

2019

Cunliffe, A., G. Tanski, B. Radosavljevic, W. Palmer, T. Sachs, H. Lantuit, J. Kerby, and I. Myers-Smith (2019) Rapid retreat of permafrost coastline observed with aerial drone photogrammetry. The Cryosphere 13(5):1513-1528. DOI:10.5194/tc-13-1513-2019. Download PDF

Myers-Smith, I., A. Cunliffe, et al. (2019) Eighteen years of ecological monitoring reveals multiple lines of evidence for tundra vegetation change. Ecol. Monogr. 89(2):1-21. DOI:10.1002/ecm.1351. Download PDF

Karthikeyan, K., D. Vasu, P. Tiwary, A. Cunliffe, S. Mariappan, P. Chandran and S. Singh (2019) Assessing the suitability of Vertisols for cotton (Gossypium sp.) production in two agro-ecological regions of India. Arch. Agron. Soil Sci. 65(7):698-679. DOI: 10.1080/03650340.2018.1542131. Download PDF

2018

Duffy*, J., A. Cunliffe*, L. DeBell, C. Sandbrook, S. Wich, J. Shutler and I. Myers-Smith and K. Anderson, (2018) Location, Location, Location: Considerations when using lightweight drones in challenging environments. Remote Sens. Ecol. Conserv. 4(1):7-19. DOI:10.1002/rse2.58. Download PDF

Assmann, J., J. Kerby, A. Cunliffe, I. Myers-Smith (2018). Vegetation monitoring using multispectral sensors – best practices and lessons learned from high latitudes. J. Unmanned Veh. Syst. 7(1):54-75. DOI:10.1139/juvs-2018-0018. Download PDF

2017

Cunliffe, A., J. Duffy, L. DeBell, and K. Anderson (2017). A UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)- approved operations manual for safe deployment for lightweight drones in research. Int. J. Remote Sens. 8-10:2737-2744. DOI:10.1080/01431161.2017.1286059. Download PDF

Puttock, A., H. Graham, A. Cunliffe, M. Elliott and R. Brazier (2017). Eurasian beaver activity increases water storage, attenuates flow and mitigates diffuse pollution from intensively-managed grasslands. Sci. Total Environ. 576:430-443. DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.10.122. Download PDF

2016

Cunliffe, A., R. Brazier, and K. Anderson (2016). Ultra-fine spatial resolution landscape-scale monitoring of dryland vegetation structure with drone-acquired structure-from-motion photogrammetry. Remote Sens. Environ., 183:129-143. DOI:10.1016/j.rse.2016.05.019. Download PDF

Cunliffe, A., A. Puttock, L. Turnbull, J. Wainwright and R. Brazier (2016) Dryland, calcareous soils store (and lose) significant quantities of organic carbon, J. Geophys. Res. Earth Surf. 121(4):684-702. DOI:10.1002/2015JF003628. Download PDF

Cunliffe, A., (2016) Understanding Structure and Function in Semiarid Ecosystems: Implications for Terrestrial Carbon Dynamics in Drylands, University of Exeter, PhD Thesis.

2015

Puttock*, A., A. Cunliffe*, K. Anderson and R. Brazier (2015). Monitoring the impact of Eurasian beaver reintroduction on ecosystem structure using aerial photography collected from a multi-rotor drone. J. Unmanned Veh. Syst. 3(3):123-130. DOI:10.1139/juvs-2015-0005. Download PDF

2013

Cunliffe, A., A. Baird and J. Holden (2013) Hydrological hotspots in blanket peatlands: Spatial variation in peat permeability around a natural soil pipe, Water Resour. Res., 49(9):5342-5354. DOI:10.1002/wrcr.20435. Download PDF


Other Publications

Cunliffe, A. and J. Snöälv (2020) Erosion of Arctic permafrost coastlines: a case study from Qikiqtaruk Island, solicited article published in Geography Review Magazine 34(3) :9-13, a magazine for A-level geography students.

M. García Criado, I. Myers-Smith, L. Baeten, A. Cunliffe, G. Daskalova, E. Gallois and J. Kerby. Sharing Is Caring: Working With Other People’s Data. Methods.Blog (blog), 4 September 2020.

Cunliffe, A. and K. Anderson (2019) Measuring Above-ground Biomass with Drone Photogrammetry: Data Collection Protocol, Protocol Exchange, DOI:10.1038/protex.2018.134.

Myers-Smith, I., H. Thomas, G. Daskalova, J. Assmann, A. Cunliffe, S. Angers-Blondin, and Other Members of Team Shrub (2017) Changing tundra ecosystems – Research by Team Shrub from the University of Edinburgh and Yukon Parks, Research Updates: From the Western and Central Canadian Arctic, ArcticNet December 2017 Newsletter.

Cunliffe, A. (2012) Channel change in the River Liza, Ennerdale, Cumbria: An examination of planform analysis, report produced for the Wild Ennerdale NGO.


Conference Presentations

Cunliffe, A. et al. Drone derived canopy height predicts aboveground biomass in non-forest ecosystems across the globe, AGU 2020. B002-0010.

Cunliffe, A. From Arctic to Desert, Changing Environments and Drone Observations. University of Texas El Paso, Department of Biology, 2019, Invited.

Cunliffe, A., K. Anderson, F. Boschetti, H. Graham, R. Brazier, M. Cramer, C. Havrilla, J. Karl, C. McIntire, S. Power, I. Myers-Smith, K. Sauer, S. Sitch, J. Smit, M. Villarreal, and F. Visser Drone allometry around the world: measuring plant biomass in low-stature ecosystems. ESA Living Planet Symposium. Milan, May 2019.

Cunliffe, A., K. Anderson, F. Boschetti, H. Graham, R. Brazier, M. Cramer, C. Havrilla, J. Karl, C. McIntire, S. Power, I. Myers-Smith, K. Sauer, S. Sitch, J. Smit, M. Villarreal, and F. Visser. A global network to measure biomass in low-stature ecosystems: Drone photogrammetry for allometric inference. EGU, Vienna, April 2019. EGU2019-8639.

Boschetti, F., A. Cunliffe, R. Clement, S. Sitch, K. Anderson, M. Litvak, R. Brazier and T. Hill. Quantification of the spatial variability of CO2/H2O fluxes in dryland ecosystems using low-cost EC systems. EGU, Vienna, April 2019. EGU2019-7757.

Cunliffe, A., Taking to the warming skies: insights into ecosystem functions from remote sensing with drones, University of California Riverside, Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, Invited.

Cunliffe, A., J.Kerby, H. Lantuit, G. Tanski and I. Myers-Smith, Monitoring Arctic change with drones, Arctic Change 2017, Quebec City, December 2017.

Kerby, J., I. Myers-Smith, J. Assmann, A. Cunliffe and the HiLDEN network. Meso-scale Arctic Ecology: Leveraging the High Latitude Drone Ecology Network (HiLDEN) to address longstanding knowledge gaps, Arctic Change 2017, Quebec City, December 2017.

Myers-Smith, I., A. Cunliffe, J. Kerby, T. Lantz, R. Fraser, J. van der Sluijs and E. Cheyne, Quantifying the drivers of rapid tundra vegetation change – increased productivity and permafrost thaw. Arctic Change 2017, Quebec City, December 2017.

Assmann, J., I. Myers-Smith, J. Kerby, A. Cunliffe, A. Phillimore and R.Ennos, Drone imagery reveals scale mismatch between satellite observed tundra greenness and on-the-ground vegetation monitoring, Arctic Change 2017, Quebec City, December 2017.

Cunliffe, A., J. Assmann, J. Kerby and I. Myers-Smith, Proximal remote sensing in Arctic ecology: insights from Qikiqtaruk, Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society Wavelength conference, Kingston University, 13th March 2017. ***Awarded prize for best presentation***.

Cunliffe, A., K. Anderson and R. Brazier, Terrestrial Carbon in Degrading Drylands: Soils, Sediments & Plants from Drones, Invited Hutton Club seminar, University of Edinburgh, 3rd March 2017

Puttock, A., R. Brazier, H. Graham, A. Cunliffe and M. Elliott, Eurasian beaver activity increases water storage, attenuates flow and mitigates diffuse pollution from intensively managed grasslands, Invited, State of the Beaver 2017, 24th February 2017.

Cunliffe, A., R. Brazier and K. Anderson, Drone-acquired structure-from-motion photogrammetry for high-precision measurements of biomass in semi-arid rangelands, European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, 21st April 2016. EGU2016-7888.

Cunliffe, A., A. Puttock, L. Turnbull, J. Wainwright and R. Brazier, Erosion-Induced Carbon Fluxes from Semiarid Rangelands: Implications of Vegetation Cover and Enrichment Dynamics for Carbon Inputs to Aquatic Systems, European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, 22nd April 2016.

Brazier, R., A. Puttock, H. Graham, K. Anderson, A. Cunliffe and M.Elliot, Quantifying the multiple, environmental benefits of reintroducing the Eurasian Beaver, Invited, European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, 21st April 2016.

Cunliffe, A., K. Anderson and R. Brazier, Structure and function in semi-arid ecosystems – Implications for terrestrial carbon dynamics, Geography Department seminar series, University of Exeter, 25th February 2016.

Cunliffe, A., R. Brazier and K. Anderson, Drones in the desert: characterising biotic structure in semiarid rangelands via drone-acquired SfM, Environmental UAV Conference, John Moores University, Liverpool, UK, 7th-8th of July 2015.

Cunliffe, A., A. Puttock, K. Anderson and R. Brazier, The distribution and fluvial redistribution of soil organic carbon in semiarid rangelands, European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, 29th of April 2014.

Cunliffe, A., K. Anderson and R. Brazier, Soil organic carbon in semiarid rangelands, British Society of Soil Science AGM, Lancaster, UK, 3rd-5th September 2013.

Data Publications

Boschetti, F. and Cunliffe, A. et al. (2021) Half hourly fluxes of sensible heat, latent energy and carbon observed by eight replicated eddy covariance towers in the Northern Chihuahuan Desert from 1st of Nov 2018 to 31st of Oct 2019. NERC EIDC. DOI: PENDING

Cunliffe, A., et al., (2020). Allometric modelling of plant biomass from drone-acquired photographs: drone images, ground control marker coordinates and biomass data from 36 sites, 2016-2020. NERC EIDC. DOI:10.5285/1ec13364-cbc6-4ab5-a147-45a103853424

Cunliffe, A., J. Assmann, J. Kerby and I. Myers-Smith. (2020). Canopy height, spectral reflectance (NDVI), and aboveground biomass of Salix richardsonii across a wet graminoid-shrubland ecotone on Qikiqtaruk – Herschel Island, Yukon, Canada (2016). NERC PDC. DOI:10.5285/61C5097B-6717-4692-A8A4-D32CCA0E61A9

Cunliffe, A., C. McIntire, F. Boschetti, K. Sauer, M. Litvak, R. Brazier, K. Anderson (2019). Field measurements of aboveground biomass, canopy area, stem diameter and sapwood area of Juniperus monosperma trees in New Mexico, collected in 2018 and 2019. NERC EIDC. DOI:10.5285/871443a9-6634-4eba-abb5-286a1ab58e9b

Cunliffe, A., I. Myers-Smith. J. Kerby and W. Palmer (2019). Orthomosaic of permafrost landscape on Qikiqtaruk – Herschel Island, Yukon, Canada: August 2017. NERC PDC. DOI:10.5285/29bf1c9f-a39a-452c-b9f9-de35d9fb9179.

Cunliffe, A., G. Tanski, B. Radosavljevic, W. Palmer, T. Sachs, J. Kerby; I. Myers-Smith (2019): Aerial images of eroding permafrost coastline, Qikiqtaruk – Hershel Island, Yukon, Canada. PANGAEA. DOI:pangaea.de/10.1594/PANGAEA.901852