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 involve 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 member of both the ESA Science Study Team (SST) and the NASA VenSAR Science Team (VeST) for the EnVision Venus, mission. EnVision will be heading to Venus around October 2031 and is aimed at gaining a better understanding the geology and climate of Venus, our neighbouring planet, helping determine whether it might once have been habitable in its past.


I completed by BSc (Hons) Geology at Southampton University, MSc in Remote Sensing at University College London and PhD at Imperial College London. I have spent time in industry in Ghana and Australia, and have broad experience as an independent remote sensing consultant alongside academia. I joined the Department of Earth Science & Engineering after my PhD, in 2000 and have been here ever since.

Current PhD students

Gerard Gallardo i Peres (funded by European Space Agency, Open Space Innovation Platform)

Xu Di (funded by Research Geophysics Academy)

Yiran Zhang (funded by Research Geophysics Academy)

Zayad al Zayer (primary supervisor Cedric John)

Myriam Prasow-Emond (primary supervisor Yves Plancherel)

Raul Adriaensen (primary supervisor Matthew Piggott)

Hsuan-Yi Li (primary supervisor James Lawrence)

Meshal Al-Quraishi (primary supervisor James Lawrence)

Recently completed PhD students from my remote sensing group

Anthony Carpenter (2024)

Stewart Agar (graduated 2023, now PDRA at Imperial)

Jennifer Scoular (graduated 2021, now Technical Director at SkyGeo, Netherlands)

Christine Bischoff (graduated 2018, now Technical lead at Tre-Altamira, Milan)



Li HY, Lawrence JA, Mason PJ, et al., 2023, UNSUPERVISED WINTER WHEAT MAPPING BASED ON MULTI-SPECTRAL AND SYNTHETIC APERTURE RADAR OBSERVATIONS, International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences - Isprs Archives, Vol:48, ISSN:1682-1750, Pages:1411-1416

Aston ER, Mason PJ, 2023, The distributions and variations of Quaternary Thames River Terrace deposits of Greater London, Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, Vol:56, ISSN:1470-9236

Carpenter A, Lawrence J, Ghail R, et al., 2023, The development of copper clad laminate horn antennas for drone interferometric synthetic aperture radar, Drones, Vol:7, ISSN:2504-446X, Pages:1-25

Adams JR, Johnson JS, Roberts SJ, et al., 2022, New Be-10 exposure ages improve Holocene ice sheet thinning history near the grounding line of Pope Glacier, Antarctica, The Cryosphere, Vol:16, ISSN:1994-0416, Pages:4887-4905

Mason PJ, Bischoff CA, Hughes G, et al., 2022, Monitoring ground movement at Volcán de Colima, Mexico, using Sentinel-1 data and SqueeSAR®, Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, Vol:23, ISSN:1470-9236, Pages:1-19

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