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. 



Brooke SAS, D'Arcy M, Mason PJ, et al., 2020, Rapid multispectral data sampling using Google Earth Engine, Computers and Geosciences, Vol:135, ISSN:0098-3004

Scoular JM, Croft J, Ghail RC, et al., 2019, Limitations of persistent scatterer interferometry to measure small seasonal ground movements in an urban environment, Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, ISSN:1470-9236, Pages:qjegh2018-160

Bischoff CA, Ghail RC, Mason PJ, et al., 2019, Revealing millimetre-scale ground movements in London using squeeSAR™, Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, Vol:53, ISSN:1470-9236, Pages:3-11

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


Bischoff CA, Mason PJ, Ghail RC, et al., 2019, Monitoring excavation-related ground deformation in london, uk using squeesar™, Pages:5360-5367

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