Dr Colm Jordan

Dr Colm Jordan

Team Leader EPOM

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3227

E-mail Dr Colm Jordan

ORCID: 0000000206246496


  •  2007 – ongoing : Team Leader of Earth and Planetary Observation and Monitoring
  •  2002 : PhD (part-time) University of London, Queen Mary
  •  1999 –2007 : Senior Remote Sensing Geologist, BGS
  •  1998 : Remote Sensing Consultant, Geological Consultants (Ireland) Ltd.
  •  1996 –1998 : College Lecturer (part-time), University College Dublin
  •  1994 : MSc University of Aberdeen, Environment Remote Sensing
  •  1994 –1998 : Remote Sensing Geologist, Geological Survey of Ireland
  •  1993 : Archaeologist, Irish Archaeological Wetland Unit
  •  1993 : Quaternary/Glacial Geologist, Geological Survey of Ireland
  •  1992 : BA (Hons) University College Dublin, Geography & Archaeology

Commissioned reports

Current projects and collaboration

Professional association

  • Fellow of RSPSoc
  • Industrial Associate, Dept. of Geography, University of Leicester

Research interests

  • Digital geological mapping
  • Geomorphology
  • Quaternary geology and glaciology
  • Remote Sensing: airborne and satellite
  • Visualisation (3D)

Boards and committees

  • Chair of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc)
  • Member, NERC Airborne Remote Sensing Research Facility Steering Committee
  • Member, NERC NEODASS Steering Committee


  • 3D visualisation
  • Digital mapping and GIS
  • Geological mapping in Quaternary terrains
  • Geomorphological mapping
  • Image acquisition, processing and interpretation
  • Research and project leadership

Published outputs

Key papers

Fawdon, P., J. R. Skok, M. R. Balme, C. L. Vye-Brown, D. A. Rothery, and C. J. Jordan (2015). The Geological History of Nili Patera, Mars J. Geophys. Res. Planets, Vol120, Issue 5, pp951-977

Jordan C J & Napier B (2015). Developing digital mapping techniques at the British Geological Survey In: Bowman, M., Smyth, H. R., Good, T. R., Passey, S. R., Hirst, J. P. P. & Jordan, C. J. (eds) The Value of Outcrop Studies in Reducing Subsurface Uncertainty and Risk in Hydrocarbon Exploration and Production. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 436

Cigna, F., Bateson, L., Jordan, C J. and Dashwood, C. (2014). Simulating SAR geometric distortions and predicting Persistent Scatterer densities for ERS-1/2 and ENVISAT C-band SAR and InSAR applications: nationwide feasibility assessment to monitor the landmass of Great Britain with SAR imagery Remote Sensing of Environment, 152, 441–466

Hughes, A.L.C., Clark, C.D. and Jordan, C J. (2014). Flow pattern evolution of the last British Ice Sheet. Quat Sci Rev. Vol 89, pp 148-168

Evans H, Pennington C, Jordan C J & Foster C (2013). Mapping a nation’s landslides: a novel multi-stage methodology for landslide mapping and inventory within the UK In C. Margottini et al. (eds), Landslides Science and Practice, Vol.1. Springer-Verlag, Special Publication, Berlin Heidelberg 2013. pp21-27

Jordan C J, Chevrel S, Coetzee H, Ben-Dor E, Ehrler C, Fischer C, Grebby S R, Kerr G, Livne I, Kopačková V, Kylychbaev E, McEvoy F and Adar S. (2013). EO-MINERS: monitoring the environmental and societal impact of the extractive industry using Earth Observation Proc 2013 IEEE IGARSS Melbourne, Australia. ISBN: 978-1-4799-1113-4 p1741-1744.

Jordan C J, Sigmundsson F, Vogfjord K, Gudmundsson M T, Kristinsson I, Loughlin S, Ilyinskaya E, Hooper A, Kylling A, Witham C, Bean C, Braiden A, Ripepe M & Prata F. (2013). FUTUREVOLC: A European Volcanological Supersite Observatory in Iceland, a monitoring system and network for the future Proc 2013 IEEE IGARSS Melbourne, Australia. ISBN: 978-1-4799-1113-4 p286-289.

CLARK C D, HUGHES A, GREENWOOD S, JORDAN C J and SEJRUP H P. (2012). Pattern and timing of retreat of the last British-Irish Ice Sheet, Quat Sci Rev. v44 pp112-146

Tappin D, Evans H M, Jordan C J, Richmond B, Sugawara D & Goto Kazuhisa. (2012). Coastal changes in the Sendai area from the impact of the 2011 Tōhoku-oki tsunami: interpretations of time series satellite images, helicopter-borne video footage and field observations Sed Geol Vol 282 pp151-174

SMITH M, JORDAN C J & WALSBY J C(2011). Credit where credit's due: developing authorship strategies in the geosciences. Proceedings of the Geologists Association, 122 (1). 206 10.1016/j.pgeola.2010.10.001

CARNEY J N, JORDAN C J, THOMAS C W, CONDON D J, KEMP S J and DUODO J A. (2010). Lithostratigraphy, sedimentation and evolution of the Volta Basin in Ghana. Precambrian Res, 183 (4). 701-724. doi:10.1016/j.precamres.2010.08.012

HUGHES, A.L.C., CLARK, C.D. and JORDAN, C.J. (2010) Subglacial bedforms of the last British Ice Sheet, Journal of Maps v2010, 543-563. 10.4113/jom.2010.1111.

JORDAN C J, CARNEY J, THOMAS C and McDONNELL P. (2008). Application of remote sensing and field mapping to a revision of the geology of the Volta Basin. In: Kalsbeek (ed) The Voltaian Basin, Ghana. pp 87-90. ISBN 978-87-7871-233-2

JORDAN C J, CARNEY J, TURNER P, BATESON L, McDONNELL P and THOMAS C. (2008). Application of digital data to the Airborne Geophysics Project in the Volta Basin. In: Kalsbeek (ed) The Voltaian Basin, Ghana. pp 91-94. ISBN 978-87-7871-233-2.

CLARK C D, EVANS D J,A, KHATWA A, BRADWELL T, JORDAN C J, MARSH S H, MITCHELL W A, and BATEMAN M D. (2004). Glacial map of Britain and GIS database. Boreas Vol 33 No. 4 pp269-380.