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Our first cohort of students joined the CDT in September 2019 and were the first to complete our MRes Geospatial Data Science programme and are now wrapping up their PhD research.


Mingyu Zhu

Development of a digital twin of the Port-of-Tyne for use in planning & resilience management.

Aleksandra Zaforemska

Low cost videogrammetric methods for 3D reconstruction and wind-induced tree movement monitoring

Rachael Sanderson

Identifying ‘left-behind’ places through geospatial analysis to inform social policy and support local communities.

Anna Klimkowska

3D data fusion of complex environments: detailed building modelling.

David Alvarez

An Agent-Based Model to simulate spatio-temporal urban mobility policies for a low carbon transport future.

Kristina Wolf

Multi-scale multi-domain geospatial data modelling.

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Cohort 2 joined us in September 2020. Now undertaking the PhD in Geospatial Systems, please click on a profile picture to read more about their individual experience and research.

Samuel Valman

Developing an Earth Observation powered Digital Twin of river systems.

Neil Sutherland

Infrared Thermography and Architectural Conservation: Utilising Reality Capture for the Generation and Segmentation of Built Heritage Thermal Models.

Clara Peiret-Garcia

Cities in shape: Assessing the effects of urban morphology in accessibility to amenities by active travel.

Luis Patino Velasquez

Quantifying water security using hyperresolution hydrological modelling on top of an Open Data Cube (ODC).

Rebecca Guiney

Downscaling GRACE-derived groundwater storage changes using InSAR ground displacement data and investigating how groundwater responds to climate variability

Samuel Christelow

Towards improved soil moisture retrievals from spaceborne GNSS Reflectometry.

Richard Burke

A geospatial modelling framework to assess flood risk under future scenarios of urban form.

Athanasia Apostolopoulou

Assessing the appropriate Energy Efficiency Measures for the Residential Stock, based on Future Climate Scenarios.

Adam Booth

Urban Air Management: A Digital Twin Approach

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Cohort 3 joined the CDT in Geospatial Systems in September 2021. Please click on a profile picture to read more about their individual experience and research.


Rachel Walker

A Hyperspectral Approach to Understand the Association Between PSM (as Measured by InSAR Data) and Vegetation Assemblage for a Scottish Peatland

Sophie Mann

Using remotely sensed data to aid coastal management and protection, with a specific focus on using Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite data. 

Keneuoe Maliehe

Earth Observations, Digital Footprints, and Machine Learning in Greenhouse Gas Stocktaking for Climate Change Mitigation – from City to Country Scales.

Chris Larkin

Spatial tools for the future of Active Travel Networks in the UK

Philip Home

Quantifying urban forest structure in Greater Manchester with open-access remote sensing datasets.

David Gregg

Developing a high-resolution hydrodynamic model for coastal waters and estuaries.

Ambreen Masud

Developing resilience and strengthening capacity of urban disaster risk management using remote sensing.

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Our fourth cohort started in September 2022 and have recently completed the MRes in Geospatial Data Science and are now moving on to the PhD programme. Please click on a profile picture to read more about their individual experience and research.

Luke Taylor

Mapping Energy in the City .

Yashvini Shukla

Measuring Changes in the Treeline Ecotones and Biomass in Abisko Region in Northern Sweden. Project ArcTREE (Arctic Treeline Ecosystem Evaluation).

Francisco Salgado-Castillo

Remote capture across platforms for wild plant conservation.

Eleanor Myall

A novel, low-cost rockfall monitoring method.

Carrow Morris-Wiltshire

Real-Time Prediction of Spatiotemporal Dynamics in the Built Environment: An AI and Internet of Things Approach

Oshadee Jayamanne

Analysing the applicability of low-cost GNSS data for deformation monitoring in high-rise structures.

David Fountain

Automatic extraction of hazard information from satellite InSAR ground motion data.

Adewale Falaye

Geospatial data mining for intelligent resource use to deliver Net Zero Plus.

Olivia Fairless

Networking Newcastle’s Coastal Observatory: Using underwater sensors to monitor marine environments.

Ruth Dunn

Correcting Past and Future Rainfall Records.

Luis Cormier

Precise autonomous satellite navigation for high altitude and scientific missions.

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Our fifth and final cohort of the Geospatial Systems CDT who started in September 2023

Helen Haile

CubeSat platform to obtain accurate measurements of sea surface height.

Matthew Chapman

Context Aware AI techniques for Secure and Tamper-proof Satellite Image Distribution (Sponsored by Airbus Defence & Space)

Matt Causon

Towards Autonomy for Unoccupied Aerial Systems in UN SDGs

Lilian Akanazu

Automatic Landslide Mapping with Earth Observation Data

Christopher Drowley

What is my local area? Finding the relevant spatial scale

Holly Dancer

Geospatial assessment of methane emissions from degrading permafrost across the Arctic

Hope Irvine

Big Data for Sustainable Ancient Landscapes

Michael Jones

Emergency management in a smart city environment: integration of urban observatory and space based geospatial data for enhanced resilience

Nadia Skifa

Modelling of tailings dams failures

Roy Johnson

Integration of direct air capture with renewable energy (INTERFACING)

Ayisha Dubi

Developing a strategy to evaluate Understanding Gain Using Projection Augmented Relief Model (PARM).

Thomas Goldring

The challenges of automated big data fusion to bring the National Geospatial Database into the third dimension (Sponsored by Ordnance Survey)

Kaitlyn Ries

Spatiotemporal modelling the spread of invasive pests across Great Britain

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