Geography / Geology
School of Environmental Sciences

Graham Ferrier

Graham Ferrier

Reader in Earth Observation Science and Environmental Physics

School of Environmental Sciences

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I completed my BSc in Geology at the University of St Andrews, my MSc .in Mineral Exploration at Imperial College and my PhD at the University of Dundee.



  • 16123 : Geoscience
  • 16140 : Dangerous Planet
  • 16272 : Dynamic Planet
  • 16333 : Spatial Analysis (leader)
  • 16337 : Advanced Field Skills - Iceland (leader)
  • 16409 : Remote Sensing & GIS (leader)
  • 16411 : GIS and Environmental Modelling: Theory and Practice
  • 16458 : Principles of GIS (leader)



My research is aimed at enhancing understanding of how earth surface and environmental processes influence and effect man, how anthropogenic activity and climate change are affecting the environment and also how natural resources can be exploited as effectively and environmentally responsibly as possible. A major focus of my research has been the development of an investigative framework to integrate measurement and modelling techniques of earth surface and environmental processes at a range of spatial scales and at time-scales ranging from millions of years to milliseconds. My research also has very strong multidisciplinary and applied aspects.

Current Funded Projects

 Development of a UAV-mounted imaging Fourier Transform InfraRed (FTIR) for real-time monitoring of natural and anthropogenic hazards. P.I.: Ferrier & Co-I : Mortimer (RAL). NERC NE/P003303/1 (2016 – 2017).

Quantitative 3D remote digital compositional and structural characterisation of outcrops. P.I.: Ferrier; Co-Is : Paton (Leeds), Mortimer (RAL) & Herringshaw (Hull). NERC NE/N017188/1 (2016 – 2017).

Monitoring Gas Emissions in Petro-Chemical Facilities using a novel, low-cost, robust Imaging FTIR. P.I.: Ferrier & Co-I : Mortimer (RAL). STFC ST/K006614/1 (2016 – 2017).

Current Projects

  • Imaging FTIR spectroscopy
  • Geological Remote Sensing
  • Monitoring Fugitive Gas Emissions
  • Urban Environmental Modelling
  • Mapping Environmental Pollution



Ferrier, G., Naden, J., Ganas, A., Kemp., and Pope, R., (in press), Identification of multi-style hydrothermal alteration using an integrated compositional and topographic remote sensing datasets, Geosciences.

Neave, D.A., Black, M., Riley, T.R., Gibson, S.A., Ferrier, G., Wall, F., and Broom-Fendley, S., 2016, On the feasibility of imaging carbonatite-hosted rare earth element (REE) deposits using remote sensing, Economic Geology, 111, 3, 641 - 666.

Black, M., Riley, T., Ferrier, G., Fleming, A., and Fretwell, P., 2016. Automated lithological mapping using airborne hyperspectral thermal infrared data: A case study from Anchorage Island, Antarctica, Remote Sensing of Environment, 176, 225-241.

Black, M., Fleming, A., Riley, T., Ferrier, G., Fretwell, P., McFee., J., Achal, S., and Diaz, A.M., 2014, On the Atmospheric Correction of Antarctic Airborne Hyperspectral Data, Remote Sens. 2014, 6, 4498-4514.

Oluwadebi, A.G., Hecker, C.A., van der Meer, F.D., and Ferrier, G., 2013, Mapping of Hydrothermal Alteration in Mount Berecha Area of Main Ethiopian Rift using Hyperspectral Data. Journal of Environment and Earth Science, 3, 12, 115-124.

Ferrier, G., and Pope, R.J., 2012, Quantitative mapping of alluvial fan evolution using ground-based reflectance spectroscopy. Geomorphology. DOI - 10.1016/j.geomorph.2012.06.013.

Ferrier, G., Frostick, L.E., and Splajt, T. 2009, Application of geophysical monitoring techniques as aids to probabilistic risk-based management of landfill sites. The Geographical Journal, 175, 4, 301–314.

Ferrier, G, Hudson-Edwards, K.A.,and  Pope, R.J., 2009, Characterisation of the environmental impact of the Rodalquilar mine, Spain by ground-based reflectance spectroscopy. Journal of Geochemical Exploration 100, 11–19.

Pope, R., Wilkinson, K., Skourtsos, E., Triantaphyllou, M., and Ferrier, G., 2008. Clarifying Stages of alluvial fan evolution along the Sfakian piedmont, southern Crete: new evidence from analysis of post-incisive soils and OSL dating, Geomorphology, 94, 206 - 225.

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