GRSG Student Awards

As the GRSG Chairman, Charlotte Bishop explains; “Students are a big part of the GRSG; they are the future of all geological-based industries and for many years we have actively supported them in as many ways as we can. It is really gratifying to know that we can support their PhD projects”

The Geological Remote Sensing Group Annual Student Award provides financial support (up to £500) to any PhD or MSc students working with geology and remote sensing.

The award has been setup to cover activities related to field research and equipment, research activities or necessities that are not provided by the research institutions or professional development (for example, participation at conferences, workshops or training sessions).

In return, the recipients are required to contribute a newsletter article to our GRSG Newsletter and present at our annual GRSG Conference.

Their contribution must reflect their research effort and how the Award was used to fund their activities. Supervisor sign off will be required prior to award to reflect support to these obligations.

As usual, applications are accepted from further education establishments anywhere in the world as long as you are enrolled in a geological remote sensing (or related) MSc, PhD program and are a GRSG student member (it is only £10 to join). Awards will be made during the GRSG International Conference and AGM 2022.

The deadline for applications is the 1st of September 2022, 00:00 GMT.


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    The lucky winners from previous years, are listed below.

    PhD Awards

    Fardad Magsoudi Moud: ITC/University of Twente – Quantitative models for mineral exploration: from local to regional

    Neill Marshall: University of Oxford – Active Faulting and Tectonics of the eastern Caspian region (Central Asia)

    Ahmed Mahmoud: University of Nottingham – The uses of Remote Sensing for Monitoring Sand Dunes Movement

    PhD Awards

    Edna Warsame Dualeh: University of Leeds, UK – Observing volcanic eruption dynamics from Synthetic Aperture Radar backscatter data

    Adam Cotterill: University College of London, UK – A Comprehensive Assessment of Volcanic Hazard and Mitigation Strategies at Remote Volcanoes: Manam and Ulawun, Papua New Guinea

    MSc Awards

    Bruno Virgilio Portela: ITC – Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation – University of Twente, Netherlands

    PhD Awards

    Jennifer Scoular, Imperial College London – PhD

    Vishal Mishra, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee – PhD

    MSc Awards

    Lais Camargo Novaes, University of Campinas – UNICAMP – MSc

    PhD Awards

    Jesse Zondervan (PhD), University of Plymouth – Quantifying landscape response to tectonics and climate using river terraces in the Atlas Mountains, central Morocco

    Paolo Caporossi (PhD), University of Rome – Development and application of Image Processing methodologies for landslide monitoring.

    Daithí Maguire (PhD), University of Ireland Galway – The application of satellite-borne remote sensors for monitoring coastal erosion and ecosystems in Ireland.

    PhD Awards

    Jo Miles, University of Bristol, UK – Mapping the potassic footprint of volcanic-hydrothermal systems from the shallow submarine environment through aerial radiation mapping: an example from Milos Island, Greece

    Dario Solano, University of Miami, USA – Differential subsidence analysis over the Collective Transport System (Metro) in Mexico City using high-resolution X-band spaceborne SAR.

    MSc Award

    Imam Purwadi, ITC, University of Twente, the Netherlands – Mapping iron-bearing mineral for evaluating the environmental benefit of REE mining plans: a case study in abandoned mine sites, Indonesia

    Patrick Carson (University College London): Deep Convolutional Neural Network Approach for Landmine Recognition in UAV Captured Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) imagery

    Saeid Asadzadeh (University of Campinas): The detection of natural and anthropogenic petroleum using SWIR bands of the WorldView-3 satellite data

    Rebecca Collins (University of Worcester): A very high resolution analysis of the evolution of form roughness and its influence on river bank erosion and channel change

    Raquel Serrano Calvo (University of Aberdeen) – “Prediction of collapsing karstic events by integrating NDVI Index from Landsat-7 ETM+ imagery and GIS tools. Application to the zone between Salisbury and Winchester, United Kingdom.”

    Jeanne M Giniaux (University of Leeds) – “Combination of InSAR data with time-dependent microgravity to constrain the magma plumbing system of Askja volcano, North Iceland”

    Stephen Brough (Aberystwyth University) – “Reconstruction and dynamic assessment of glacier-like forms on Mars.”

    Huma Irfan (Birkbeck, University of London/University College London) – “Investigation and characterisation of potential landing sites in the lunar South Pole region using lunar remote sensing data.”

    David Mackezie (University of Oxford) – “Earthquake hazard and tectonic shortening in the Kazakh Tien Shan”

    Negin Fouladi Moghaddam (Monash University) – “Subsurface structural properties retrieval using space-borne SAR interferometry deformation maps”

    Stuart Turner (University of Leicester) – “Mineralogical characterisation of Martian impact craters using CRISM data – the search for future landing sites”

    Jennifer Harris (Birkbeck University of London) – “Remote and in-situ reflectance spectroscopy of Mars-analogue hydrothermal alteration”

    Amy Woodget (University of Worcester) – “An assessment of the use of high resolution imagery collected from an unmanned aerial system for the quantification of fluvial topography”

    Yu Zhou (University of Oxford) – “Active faulting and tectonics of the Ordos block in northern China”

    Allen Pope (University of Cambridge): Investigation flow speed and surface lowering of western Antarctic Peninsula Glaciers.

    William Hutchinson (University of Oxford): Causes of volcanic deformation in the main Ethiopian rift.

    Martin Walter Airey (University of Oxford): Volcanism as an active planetary process on Venus.

    Andrew Singleton, 1st Year PhD Student, University of Glasgow

    Advanced space geodesy techniques for landslide hazard mapping in the Three Gorges region, China. Development of an approach to quantifying landslide hazard and slope stability through the use of permanent scattering and short-baseline InSAR in the non-urban areas of the Three Gorges region.

    Laura Cordero Llana, 3rd Year PhD Student, Swansea University

    Volume estimation of melt-lakes on the Greenland Ice Sheet from combined satellite observations. Using pre-existing reflectance-depth models on ASTER, and IKONOS data and then attempting to upscale with MODIS data for increased spatial coverage, validating the technique using ICESat laser altimeter measurements.

    Natasha Stephen, 2nd Year PhD Student, Imperial College, London

    The geology and surface mineralogy of Mars; interpretations from meteorite-derived, Martian-specific mineral spectra and their comparison with remotely-sensed thermal emission spectroscopy (TES) data. Uses TES data to map the geology and mineralogy of Mars through mixture-model based classifications, and detailed assessments of the effect of orientation on ground-truth data.

    Veraldo Liesenberg (2nd Year PhD, Technische Universitat Bergakademie Freiberg)
    Evaluating the potential of multiple sources of remote sensing data to support carbon assessment of tropical peatland environments. Two approaches to merging ASAR and PALSAR InSAR data with PROBA & hyperion hyperspectral data are evaluated for a study area in Indonesia. Data are to be used to investigate up-scaling and the relation between BRDF and microwave properties to geophysical parameters. Funds will be used for purchasing data, travel for fieldwork and attendance at GRSG’s AGM

    Elspeth Robertson (1st Year PhD University of Bristol)
    Determining the driving mechanism behind the observed ‘pulse-like’ surface deformation of volcanoes in the East African Rift Valley, and to quantify the fluxdes involved by combining satellite observatiopns with hydrological, petrological and magmatic models. InSAR will be used to constrain the periods of deformation, and fieldwork will be used to help distinguish the causes behind the deformation, through the use of a LICOR non-dispersive infra-red spectrometer to measure CO2 fluxes; and petro-chemical measurements from erupted lavas.

    Laura Gregory (3rd Year PhD Oxford University)
    Assessing and comparing the rates and styles of tectonic deformation that occur in the mountain building process (erosion, uplift, faulting) in the Mongolian Altay Mountains. Using maps of fault motion derived from Landsat, ASTER, SRTM and ASTER GDEM datasets. Active faulting will be mapped in detail in unmapped areas. Funds will be used for fieldwork that involves the observation of the surface expression of the faults that were remotely identified.