Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 222222
Loughborough University

Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST)

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Diane Palmer

Research Associate
BA, M.Phil.

Tel: +44 (0)1509 635604

Location: MBG.0.J12, Garendon Wing

Diane Palmer is a Research Associate working on the PV2025 project at CREST.  Her specialisation is Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

The key task in the current project is to generate a National Solar Profile.  GIS techniques will be utilised to build a UK map of global horizontal irradiance.  This will be derived from weather-station and satellite data, in the first instance.  Future work will investigate calculated methods of determining irradiance.  It is also anticipated that long-term meteorological trends will be incorporated in forthcoming research.  

Diane’s research interests have included environmental modelling, land-cover mapping, socio-economic deprivation and health outcomes and spatial literacy.



Diane undertook her M.A. in IT and then M.Phil. in GIS at Nottingham University where she commenced her first research position. This involved the design and development of an online Geographical Information Systems course structured around inquiry-based learning. 

Her next position was as the GIS trainer at the University of Sheffield to support the adoption of GI Science approaches for collaborative research across the University.  Diane has produced maps on every topic from migrating Neanderthals, ancient Greek artefacts and earthquakes in Asia to floods in the UK, deprived areas and dental decay in children.

Immediately before joining CREST, she was employed short-term at the University of Leicester, working as a member of a small team on the production of the UK CORINE land cover map 2012.  This involved developing and documenting a verification algorithm for the high resolution layers of the main land cover types.  

Diane's main research interests:

  • Meteorology for predicting and monitoring photovoltaic energy production.
  • Geographical Information Systems.
  • Satellite modelling.
  • Remote sensing.
  • Solar Irradiation Variability.


Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) for GIS.



Spatial Statistics

GIS Training.

Diane Palmer, Ian Cole, Tom Betts, Ralph  Gottschalg, 2017, “Interpolating and estimating horizontal diffuse solar irradiation to provide UK-wide coverage:  selection of the best performing models”, accepted for publication in Energies, Special Issue “Solar Photovoltaics Trilemma: Efficiency, Stability and Cost Reduction 2017”.

D. Palmer, E. Koubli, I. Cole, T. Betts and R. Gottschalg, 2016, “Comparison of Solar Radiation and PV Generation Variability: System Dispersion in the UK”, accepted for publication in IET Renewable Power Generation.

E. Koubli, D. Palmer, P. Rowley, and R. Gottschalg, 2016, “Inference of missing data in photovoltaic monitoring datasets,” vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 434–43. DOI 10.1049/iet-rpg.2015.0355.

Palmer, Diane; Cole, Ian; Betts, Thomas; Gottschalg, Ralph, 2016, Assessment of Potential for Photovoltaic Roof Installations by Extraction of Roof Slope from LiDAR Data and Aggregation to Census Geography, IET Renew. Power Gener., vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 467–473, 2016. DOI 10.1049/iet-rpg.2015.0388.  URL:< http://ietdl.org/t/CYmlmb>

B.Goss, I.R.Cole, E.Koubli, D.Palmer, T.R.Betts and R.Gottschalg. "Modelling and prediction of PV module energy yield", Chapter 5 in The Performance of Photovoltaic Systems: Modelling, measurement and assessment, ed. Nicola Pearsall, Woodhead Publishing, Novermber 2016.

P. Rowley, P. Leicester, D. Palmer, P. Westacott, C. Candelise, T. Betts, and R. Gottschalg, “Multi-domain analysis of photovoltaic impacts via integrated spatial and probabilistic modelling,” IET Renew. Power Gener., vol. 9, no. 5, pp. 424–431, 2015.

Cole, E; Balzter, H; Smith, G; Ogutu, B; and Palmer, D. ‘Copernicus land monitoring service: the production of the pan-European components. A progress update of mapping land cover change in the UK’, Poster Paper for RSPSoc 2013, Glasgow, 4th- 6th September 2013.

Hossain, M P; Palmer, D; Goyder, E; and El Nahas, A M. ‘Association of Deprivation with Worse Outcomes in Chronic Kidney Disease: Findings from a Hospital-Based Cohort in the United Kingdom’, Nephron Clinical Practice, 2012;120:c59–c70. [Impact factor 1.606]

Hossain, M P; Palmer, D; Goyder, E; and El Nahas, A M. ‘Social Deprivation and Prevalence of Chronic Kidney Disease in the UK: Workload Implications for Primary Care’, QJM, 30 September 2011. [Impact factor 2.146]

Palmer, D. ‘If you become a teacher, by your pupils you’ll be taught’,  ESRI EMEA Education User Conference, QEII Conference Centre, London, 27 October 2008.

Palmer, D ; Wellens, J. ‘An Investigation into One-to-One Postgraduate Teaching of Spatial Literacy’, Working Paper, SPLINT CETL, 2008.

Peters, J; Goyder, E; Blank, L; Ellis, L; and Palmer, D. ‘Toolkit to Address Inequalities in Access To Care’, Yorkshire and Humber Public Health Conference 2006.

Shalaby, M T; Nabi, S; and Palmer, D. 'GIS as a Two-way Communication System for E-government in Nottingham', Pathways to Integration, Eighteenth Annual Symposium on GIS, Toronto, published by Geotec Media, 28-31 March 2004. [International refereed conference]

Shalaby, M T; Modha, R; and Palmer, D. 'Collaborative Learning and Project Work in Postgraduate Studies', Advances in Technology-based Education: Towards a Knowledge-based Society, edited by Mendez-Vilas, Antonia and Mesa Gonzalez, JA, Badajoz, Spain,3-6 December 2003, ISBN 84-96212-09-2.

Shalaby, M T; Tang, B Y; and Palmer, D. 'The Use of the WebQuest Technique to promote Self-Directed Learning in Postgraduate Studies', Proceedings of TEL '03 Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, edited by Grew, Philip and Giorgio Valle, published by Hugony Editore, Special Issue of IS Informatica and Scuola, Milan, Italy, 20-21 November 2003, pp 333-344, ISSN 1721-9477.

Shalaby, M T; Palmer, D; ‘The ‘Intelligent Map’ as a Decision Support System for Urban Planners in Nottingham Using GIS Technology’, Proceedings of the 4th Design and Decision Support Systems in Architecture and Urban Planning Conference, Maastricht, published by Eindhoven University of Technology, MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands, pp.1-13, July, 1998, ISBN 90 6814 081 7.   [Refereed Conference Proceedings]

Shalaby, M T; Palmer, D; ‘An ‘Intelligent Map’ for Monitoring Recycling Centres in Nottingham Using GIS’, Proceedings of GIS ‘98/RT ‘98, Twelfth Annual Symposium on GIS, Toronto, published by Adams Business Media, New York, pp. 271-273, 6-9 April 1998. [Refereed Conference Proceedings]