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, an ESA M5 (Cosmic Vision) candidate mission which we hope will be heading to Venus around 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. 



Mider G, Lawrence J, Mason P, et al., 2020, Monitoring Littoral Platform Downwearing using Differential SAR Interferometry, Remote Sensing, Vol:12, ISSN:2072-4292

Scoular J, Ghail R, Lawrence J, et al., 2020, Retrospective InSAR analysis of East London during the construction of the Lee Tunnel, Remote Sensing, Vol:12, ISSN:2072-4292, Pages:1-19

Bischoff CA, Ghail RC, Mason PJ, et al., 2020, Revealing millimetre-scale ground movements in London using SqueeSAR™, Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, Vol:53, ISSN:1470-9236, Pages:3-11

Brooke SAS, D’Arcy M, Mason PJ, et al., 2020, Rapid multispectral data sampling using Google Earth Engine, Computers & Geosciences, Vol:135, ISSN:0098-3004, Pages:104366-104366

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, Vol:53, ISSN:1470-9236, Pages:39-48

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