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





My research interests are broad and include spectral geology, tectonic geomorphology, geohazards, planetary geology and the application of remote sensing & GIS to a variety of geoscientific fields.

I am a member of the newly formed Geohazards Research Group here in ESE, and of the Engineering Scale Geology Research Group ESGRG, an interdepartmental group focused on small scale geological problems affecting civil engineering activities.

I am a member of the Science Team of EnVision - an ESA/NASA/UKSA funded M5 mission for the exploration and mapping of the planet Venus (, which will use interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR), similar to that which we use routinely on Earth, to better understand the tectonic, surface and internal structure of Venus, and thereby to better understand its history as a planet seemingly inhospitable to life. 

Recently I have students working on the correlation of spectroscopy and geochemistry in propyllitic mineral assemblages (dark green rocks!) to develop exploration tools; the spectral enhancement of rocks and alteration around ore deposits in Morocco using multi-spectral satellite imagery; use of satellite imagery to understand fluvial morphology and dynamics of the great rivers of India; and on understanding the geology and structure beneath London using InSAR PSI and sub-surface data.


Richard Haslam, British Geological Survey, The structure and geology of south-east England, 2015

Research Student Supervision

Bischoff,C, Investigating ground movement and its causes in London, UK, using Permanent Scatterer Interferometry

Wan,X, Vision based UAV navigation based on illumination-invariant image matching

Wu,M-C, Modelling of Yingxiu-Beichuan fault zone based on refined DInSAR data of 2008 Wenchuan earthquake