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. This is the third year that we have awarded the increased sum of £1000 and it is really gratifying to know that we can support their PhD projects”.

The Geological Remote Sensing Group Annual Student Awards are designed to support to provide financial support to all students working with geology and remote sensing. The lucky winners from previous years, are listed below.

As with all years of the competition, applications are accepted from further education establishments anywhere in the world.


Click on the year of interest to see the details of the students who have won in the past

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.