Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Professor of Earth Science



+44 (0)20 7594 6527s.gupta




Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





I am an Earth and Planetary Scientist with broad research interests in understanding modern and ancient environmental change on Earth's surface and on Mars.

  • I am a Co-Investigator on the Mastcam camera team on the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover mission in Gale crater, Mars
  • I am a Co-Investigator on the Pancam camera team on the ExoMars 2020 rover mission to Mars
  • I have used high-resolution sonar data gathered from the English Channel to explore the submerged landscapes beneath the sea. This led to the discovery that catastrophic megafloods separated Britain from Europe, and explained how Britain became an island. 

Our new research on river dynamics and the indus civilisation has just been published in nature Communications


Counter-intuitive influence of Himalayan river morphodynamics on Indus Civilisation urban settlements


Shorthand story about the research




Grindrod PM, Warner N, Hobley DEJ, et al., Stepped Fans and Facies-Equivalent Phyllosilicates in Coprates Catena, Mars, Icarus, ISSN:0019-1035

Rampe EB, Ming DW, Blake DF, et al., 2017, Mineralogy of an ancient lacustrine mudstone succession from the Murray formation, Gale crater, Mars, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Vol:471, ISSN:0012-821X, Pages:172-185

Hurowitz JA, Grotzinger JP, Fischer WW, et al., 2017, Redox stratification of an ancient lake in Gale crater, Mars, Science, Vol:356, ISSN:0036-8075, Pages:922-+

Coates AJ, Jaumann R, Griffiths AD, et al., 2017, The PanCam Instrument for the ExoMars Rover, Astrobiology, Vol:17, ISSN:1531-1074, Pages:511-541


Singh A, Gupta S, Sinha R, et al., Large–scale avulsion of the late Quaternary Sutlej river in the NW Indo–Gangetic foreland basin, European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2015

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