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Stuart Marsh

Professor of Geospatial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering



An internationally recognised expert in developing geoscience applications for Earth Observation (EO) and, since 2013, Professor of Geospatial Engineering, Nottingham Geospatial Institute, University of Nottingham. Starting at the British Geological Survey (BGS) in 1991, I have developed EO applications to geological and soils mapping, 3D and elevation modelling, geological hazard mitigation, mineral, energy and water resources, waste management and environmental change. From 2008-2013 I was responsible for leading the BGS's development of digital mapping, EO, shallow geophysical monitoring, 3D, property and process modelling and immersive, stereo 3D visualisation systems, directing on average £1M/year of BGS's NERC National Capability funding. During this time, I Chaired EuroGeoSurveys' Earth Observation Expert Group and the International Union of Geological Sciences' and UNESCO's joint Programme on the Geological Applications of Remote Sensing. I also helped develop, win and deliver a series of European Space Agency (6) and EC Framework Programme (10) research projects on the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and the EC's flagship Copernicus (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) Programme. I supervised 3 PhD students whilst at BGS and my new group at Nottingham is growing; I will have 6 direct supervisions from autumn 2016. I have been external PhD examiner for the Universities of Durham, Imperial (2), Lisbon, Nottingham, Open (2), Kings, Portsmouth, Hull and Twente (3). I have over 100 publications, from journal papers and books to BGS publications and maps, invited keynotes and international strategy documents. On behalf of the UK (selected by Defra, the UK Space Agency and the NERC), I currently sit on the GEO Programme Board.

Expertise Summary

I use satellite, aircraft and other remotely sensed data to study the earth, its properties and its processes.

Teaching Summary

I teach geology to the first year Chemical and Environmental Engineers and the third year Civil Engineers.

Research Summary

The evolution of the former coalfields

I use satellite radar interferometry to measure and monitor the ground motion in the former coalfields and relate that to the processes operating. These include pillar collapse in mines and the movement of groundwater as pumping is stopped. The research is supported by a PhD sponsored by the Coal Authority, British Geological Survey and Geomatic Ventures Ltd.

The health of peat lands

I use satellite radar interferometry and optical data to study the growth or decay of peat lands, which is an indicator of their health. Healthy peat accumulates and so is characterised by uplift, whereas stressed peat breaks down, dries out and thus erodes, leading to subsidence. This can be measured for the first time by a new interferometry technique. Supported by a PhD.

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