Imperial College London

Dr Philippa J Mason

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Senior Teaching Fellow



+44 (0)20 7594 6528p.j.mason Website




G31Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





Dr Philippa Mason is a field geologist who specialises in using satellite imagery to study rocks, minerals, geological structures and tectonics, on Earth and other planets. Her teaching and research at Imperial College London involves the translation of terrestrial techniques in Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) and imaging spectroscopy to assist in the understanding of geological features and processes on other Earth-like planets, such as Venus and Mars.

She is currently on the Science Team of EnVision (, a truly international UK-led mission heading to Venus in 2032, aimed at understanding why it is so different to Earth, establishing whether it is tectonically active, and if it was ever hospitable to life. 



D'Arcy M, Mason PJ, Roda-Boluda DC, et al., 2018, Alluvial fan surface ages recorded by Landsat-8 imagery in Owens Valley, California, Remote Sensing of Environment, Vol:216, ISSN:0034-4257, Pages:401-414

Lawrence J, Agar S, Ghail R, et al., 2018, PSInSAR remote sensing observations of deformation behaviour at Salisbury Plain, UK, Engineering in Chalk, Pages:269-274

Liu J, Mason PJ, Bryant EC, 2018, Regional assessment of geohazard recovery eight years after the Mw7.9 Wenchuan earthquake: a remote-sensing investigation of the Beichuan region, International Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol:39, ISSN:0143-1161, Pages:1671-1695

Mason P, 2018, The Earth as a planet, International Journal of Remote Sensing, ISSN:0143-1161, Pages:5767-5769

Gupta S, Singh A, Thomsen KJ, et al., 2017, Counter-intuitive influence of Himalayan river morphodynamics on Indus Civilisation urban settlements, Nature Communications, Vol:8, ISSN:2041-1723

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