BSc (2:1) Geography 2007
MSc Landscape, Heritage and the Environment 2008
School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology (GAP)
Queen’s University Belfast
Belfast, BT7 1NN
Northern Ireland, UK
+44 (0)28 9097 3372
GGY3023 Advanced Geographical Information Systems
Spatial Analysis Approaches to the Integration of Remotely Acquired and Ground Survey Data in Assessing Slope Stability
My research involves the application of multiple spatial analysis techniques with Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and geostatistics. These will be used to assess the integration of multiple datasets from numerous sources to get an overall view of risk assessment for slopes. Slope stability is a key concept when it comes to route planning and hazard mitigation for infrastructure and socio-economic related practises. Previous work undertaken in the area of remote risk assessment of slopes has highlighted the potential to develop a spatially referenced high resolution slope stability study for Northern Ireland.
Slopes assessed for the study will be from a number of infrastructurally sensitive sites such as main road cuttings and embankments, railway sites and coastal landslides. The potential for slope stability and subsequent failure will be assessed using 10m OSNI datasets, Aerial LiDAR, TELLUS Data, GSNI geology datasets and aerial photoimagery, forming a preliminary risk assessment. Detailed risk assessment of slopes using terrestrial LiDAR scanning based on a time series analysis will be carried out for specific sites The slopes will be surveyed to assess if there is any movement or slumping of the slope and GIS used as the interpolation package for assessment. The research aims to improve spatial analysis approaches for the integration of datasets for assessment of slope stability.
Funded by Department of Education and Learning (DEL)
British Society for Geomorphology (BSG)