Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Dr Ivan Astin

Contact details

Room 2 East 4.2

Tel: +44 (0) 1225 383506


PhD supervision

Interested in supervising students studying;

  • Environmental remote sensing
  • Environmental statistics 
  • Data assimilation

Dr Ivan Astin

BSc, MSc, PhD


Dr Dr Astin studied for a BSc at The University of Nottingham and an MSc and PhD at The University of Wales. He worked at The University of Wales and The University of Reading before joining Bath.


Dr Astin's research interests focus on developing the statistical tools needed to tackle a wide variety of environmental data analysis problems, with emphasis on data collected from remote sensing instrumentation.

These include problems in the remote sensing of the ionosphere, winds in the stratosphere and mesosphere, cloud properties and ocean wave heights and currents.

Teaching units

  • Networks and Protocols
  • Digital Audio and Signal Processing
  • Space Platforms and Vehicles
  • Space, Planetary and Atmospheric Science
  • Engineering Physics


Book Sections

Burston, R., Hodges, K., Astin, I., Bergeot, N., Bruyninx, C. and Chevalier, J.-M., 2010. Using ionospheric imaging combined with feature tracking to automate identification and tracking of polar-cap plasma patches. In: 23rd International Technical Meeting of the Satellite Division of the Institute of Navigation 2010, ION GNSS 2010. Fairfax, VA.: Institute of Navigation, pp. 343-348.


Astin, I., Mitchell, C. and Burston, R., 2016. A comparison of the relative effect of the Earth’s Quasi-D.C. and A.C. electric field on Gradient Drift Waves in large-scale plasma structures in the polar regions. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics

Burston, R., Mitchell, C. and Astin, I., 2016. Polar-cap plasma patch primary linear instability growth-rates compared. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 121 (4), pp. 3439-3451.

Füllekrug, M., Smith, N., Mezentsev, A., Watson, R., Astin, I., Gaffet, S., Evans, A. and Rycroft, M., 2016. Multipath propagation of low-frequency radio waves inferred from high-resolution array analysis. Radio Science, 50 (11), pp. 1141-1149.

Astin, I. and Feng, Y., 2015. Technical Note:remote sensing of sea surface salinity using the propagation of low-frequency navigation signals. Ocean Science, 11 (5), pp. 695-698.

Füllekrug, M., Mezentsev, A., Watson, R., Gaffet, S., Astin, I., Smith, N. and Evans, A., 2015. Map of low-frequency electromagnetic noise in the sky. Geophysical Research Letters, 42 (11), pp. 4648-4653.

Feng, Y. and Astin, I., 2015. Remote sensing of soil moisture using the propagation of Loran-C navigation signals. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, 12 (1), pp. 195-198.

Füllekrug, M., Mezentsev, A., Watson, R., Gaffet, S., Astin, I. and Evans, A., 2014. Array analysis of electromagnetic radiation from radio transmitters for submarine communication. Geophysical Research Letters, 41 (24), pp. 9143-9149.

Burston, R., Hodges, K., Astin, I. and Jayachandran, P.T., 2014. Automated identification and tracking of polar-cap plasma patches at solar minimum. Annales Geophysicae, 32 (3), pp. 197-206.

Astin, I. and Di Girolamo, L., 2014. Technical note:The horizontal scale dependence of the cloud overlap parameter α. Atmospheric Chemistry & Physics, 14 (18), pp. 9917-9922.

Burston, R., Astin, I., Mitchell, C., Alfonsi, L., Pedersen, T. and Skone, S., 2010. Turbulent times in the northern polar ionosphere? Journal of Geophysical Research, 115 (A4), A04310.

Burston, R., Astin, I., Mitchell, C. N., Alfonsi, L., Pedersen, T. and Skone, S., 2009. Correlation between scintillation indices and gradient drift wave amplitudes in the northern polar ionosphere. Journal of Geophysical Research, 114 (A7), A07309.

Füllekrug, M., Parrot, M., Ash, M., Astin, I., Williams, P. and Talhi, R., 2009. Transionospheric attenuation of 100 kHz radio waves inferred from satellite and ground based observations. Geophysical Research Letters, 36 (6), L06104.

Younger, P. T., Astin, I., Sandford, D. J. and Mitchell, N. J., 2009. The sporadic radiant and distribution of meteors in the atmosphere as observed by VHF radar at Arctic, Antarctic and equatorial latitudes. Annales Geophysicae, 27 (7), pp. 2831-2841.

Haines, K., Blower, J. D., Drecourt, J. P., Liu, C., Vidard, A., Astin, I. and Zhou, X., 2006. Salinity assimilation using S(T): Covariance relationships. Monthly Weather Review, 134 (3), pp. 759-771.

van de Poll, H. M., Grubb, H. and Astin, I., 2006. Sampling uncertainty properties of cloud fraction estimates from random transect observations. Journal of Geophysical Research, 111 (D22).

Astin, I. and Di Girolamo, L., 2006. The relationship between alpha and the cross-correlation of cloud fraction. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 132 (620), pp. 2475-2478.

Carollo, C., Astin, I. and Graff, J., 2005. Vertical structure of currents in the vicinity of the Iceland-Scotland Ridge. Annales Geophysicae, 23 (6), pp. 1963-1975.

Carollo, C., Astin, I. and Graff, J., 2005. Vertical structure of extreme currents in the Faroe-Bank Channel. Annales Geophysicae, 23 (6), pp. 1977-1986.

Astin, I. and Di Girolamo, L., 2003. Minimizing systematic errors in cloud fraction estimates from spaceborne cloud radars. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 20 (5), pp. 707-716.

Astin, I. and Kiemle, C., 2003. Space-borne clear air lidar measurements in the presence of broken cloud. Annales Geophysicae, 21 (3), pp. 639-647.

Astin, I., Di Girolamo, L. and van de Poll, H. M., 2001. Bayesian confidence intervals for true fractional coverage from finite transect measurements: Implications for cloud studies from space. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 106 (D15), pp. 17303-17310.

Conference or Workshop Items

Wiltshire, B., Govindan, R., Astin, I. and Evans, A. N., 2008. Combining CALIPSO and Meteosat Images to Study the Distribution of Atmospheric Dust. In: IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS 2008), 2008-07-07 - 2008-07-11.

Haines, K., Blower, J., Drecourt, J.-P., Liu, C., Astin, I., Zhou, X. and Vidard, A., 2005. Salinity Assimilation Using S(T) Relationships: Part 1 Theory. In: ECMWF Technical Memorandum, 2005-01-01.

Carollo, C. and Astin, I., 2004. Extreme Events in Ocean Currents through Depth in the Vicinity of the Iceland-Scotland Ridge. In: OCEANS’04 Conference Proceedings, 2004-01-01.

Carollo, C. and Astin, I., 2003. Large Events in Ocean Currents. In: OCEAN’03 MTS/IEEE, 2003-01-01.

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