Dr Monica Rivas Casado is a Lecturer in Applied Environmental Statistics in the Cranfield University Institute for Environment, Health, Risks and Futures. She has expertise in the application of statistics to environmental data. She has focused her research on the integration of emerging technologies, advanced statistics (modelling of spatio-temporal processes and spatial structure analysis) and environmental engineering for the design of robust monitoring strategies.
She is currently leading Research Council (RCUK) and industry funded projects on the use of emerging technologies and statistical science for robust environmental monitoring. This includes drones for flood extent mapping and damage assessment, robust hydromorphological characterisation and floodplain forest restoration monitoring. Further research activity includes underwater vehicles for coral reef habitat identification, as well as radio controlled and autonomous boats for freshwater ecosystem monitoring.