Imperial College London

Dr Philippa J Mason

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Senior Lecturer



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




1.41Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





Dr Philippa Mason is an Earth and planetary 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 a Science Study Team member of newly selected ESA M5 planetary mission, EnVision, which will be heading to EnVision spacecraft in 2031 (or 2032), aimed at a better understanding the geology and climate of Venus, our neighbouring planet, helping determine whether it was once habitable – and why Earth became the only known planet that can sustain life. 



Scoular J, Ghail R, Mason P, et al., 2022, Are measured InSAR displacements a function of the chosen processing method?, Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, ISSN:1470-9236, Pages:qjegh2022-049

Wang Z, Lawrence J, Ghail R, et al., 2022, Characterizing micro-displacements on active faults in the Gobi Desert with time-series InSAR, Applied Sciences-basel, Vol:12, ISSN:2076-3417, Pages:1-24

Edgar J, Ghail R, Lawrence J, et al., 2022, The impact of facies variability within the Harwich Formation on ground engineering in the London area, UK, Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, Vol:55, ISSN:1470-9236

Mider G, O'Connor W, Lawrence J, et al., 2021, An investigation into ground movement on the Ventnor landslide complex, UK using Persistent Scatterer Interferometry, Remote Sensing, Vol:13, ISSN:2072-4292, Pages:1-20

Kumar Joshi S, Gupta S, Sinha R, et al., 2021, Strongly heterogeneous patterns of groundwater depletion in Northwestern India, Journal of Hydrology, Vol:598, ISSN:0022-1694, Pages:1-17

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